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Kohala VEX robotics teams shine at summer games

Three teams from Kohala VEX robotics traveled to the 2014 VEX International Summer Games held at the Hawaii Convention Center, July 10-12.

Kohala Middle School VEX Robotics Team 4119A went undefeated with an 8-0 record in qualifying rounds to be the top seed, advancing to the finals round among teams from middle and high schools and university teams from around the world. Team 4119B went to the quarter finals with 4119A by playing its last qualifying match without any alliance. The middle school teams were comprised of Jada Hook and Kaimi Hook, with coaches and mentors Cheryl Cabrera and Alvin Kawamoto.

Kohala High School VEX Robotics Team 2460, comprised of Kaliko DelaCruz and Josh Page with mentor Eric DelaCruz, also made the finals and placed sixth overall.

Kohala Robotics went home with two additional awards. The Kohala High School VEX Robotics team was presented with the Judge’s Award for Overall Program Support. Judges cited that Kohala VEX robotics provides opportunities for all students to be involved regardless of challenges. Kohala Middle School VEX Robotics Team 4119A won the Build Award that is given for robot construction that is of professional quality — robust, clean, and elegant, simple use of building materials.

The Summer Games is a unique robotics competition that invited qualifying teams from around the world, and was the last official tournament for the robotics competition season.The event welcomed more than 100 teams from seven countries and one territory, including: Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, Lebanon, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States.

Divisions for both sets of games were “Add It Up,” this year’s VEX IQ Challenge game, and “Toss Up,” this year’s VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U game, plus a division for Skyrise (next season’s VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U game).

The competition was organized and managed by the Friends of Hawaii Robotics, the Hawaii State VEX steering committee, the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, and supported by Oceanic Time Warner Cable and the United States Navy.

The VEX Summer Games was also the first official qualifying event for teams to earn a spot in the 2015 VEX World Championship.