Waiakea In­ter­me­di­ate shares ro­bot­ics ti­tle

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMUNITY -

Waiakea In­ter­me­di­ate School’s ro­bot­ics team and its al­liance part­ner, High­lands In­ter­me­di­ate, com­bined for a textbook per­for­mance Jan. 7 to claim the state mid­dle school cham­pi­onship dur­ing the VEX Ro­bot­ics Com­pe­ti­tion at Steven­son Mid­dle School on Oahu.

Thirty-eight teams from through­out Hawaii qual­i­fied for the tour­na­ment. Waiakea was the only team from the Big Is­land to qual­ify and com­pete. The Waiakea and High­lands (Pearl City, Oahu) al­liance out­ma­neu­vered some of the top-con­tend­ing ro­bot­ics pro­grams in the na­tion, in­clud­ing Wa­ialua In­ter­me­di­ate on Oahu.

This year, the ro­bot­ics teams had to cre­ate and de­sign a robot to com­pete on a 12-by-12-foot bat­tle­field, where ro­bots needed to be able to throw a va­ri­ety of ob­jects over a di­vid­ing bar­rier. The teams also had to pro­gram their ro­bots to op­er­ate au­tonomously as well as be re­mote-con­trolled.

“The state VEX tour­na­ment was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me and my team,” said Waiakea sev­enth-grader Au­tumn O’Leary, the team’s cap­tain. “We had so much fun build­ing our robot and com­pet­ing with High­lands at the tour­na­ment. I am re­ally proud of my team­mates and all of our hard work.”

The other mem­bers of Waiakea’s VEX EDR ro­bot­ics team are Kyler Miya­zono, Hai­ley Green­well, Yusuf Tamimi, Scott Hakoda, Kioshi Todd and ad­vis­ers Alec Richard­son, Jon Kita­gawa and Gayle Kamei.

High­lands team mem­bers are Syd­ney Colobong, Keiko Nakan­ishi, Blayze Or­tiz, Joss Pi­cardal, Dana Sakai, Braden Shi­roma, Mary Guzman, Cole Leong and Ry­den Omine and ad­vis­ers Joan Okai and Allen Toma.

Courtesy photo

Waiakea In­ter­me­di­ate School stu­dents, in dark shirts from left, Kyler Miya­zono, Hai­ley Green­well and Yusuf Tamimi, teamed up with High­lands In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents Syd­ney Colobong, Blayze Or­tiz and Joss Pi­cardal to win the state mid­dle school VEX Ro­bot­ics Com­pe­ti­tion.

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