A team from Molokai High School is among 112 different teams from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and China competing in the VEX Robotics Pan-Pacific Championships at the Hawaii Convention Center today and tomorrow.
This is the largest VEX Robotics tournament in the world outside of the world championships hosted in Orlando, Fla.
VEX Robotics is one of six programs which are supported by the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC), including FIRST, FIRST LEGO League, Underwater ROV, Botball, VEX Robotics and Micro Robotics. The six robotics programs are coordinating efforts to promote robotics education in elementary, middle and high schools statewide.
Although this is only the second year of robotics on Molokai, two local teams have already distinguished themselves. The elementary school teams, the Molokai Gleeks and the Kaunakakai Pharmers, will be representing the district in the First Lego League tournament Dec. 11 at the Neil Blaisdell Center. These two teams proved to be the strongest out of 27 teams competing at the district competition Nov. 6 on Maui.
At the VEX Robotics tournament happening today, the teams compete in Round Up, a game played on a 12-by-12-foot square field. Two alliances — one “red” and one “blue” — composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a 20-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play.
Recognizing the importance of promoting robotics education at an early age and sustaining students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education throughout their schooling, Hawaii’s six robotics programs joined together to form the Hawaii Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC). The six robotics programs are coordinating efforts to promote robotics education in elementary, middle and high schools statewide.
Results from the championship will be reported in The Molokai News next week.