Posted on January 17, 2017 by Scot Allen
On Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, the Mid Pacific Owls elementary and middle School Robotics team competed in the State of Hawaii REACH/North Shore VEX IQ Tournament hosted at Waialua High School.
This year's game, "Crossover," challenged the two-team alliances to work together to move star shaped hex balls from one side of the competition field to the other, place them in elevated goals and balance on a teetering bridge. Throughout the entire day, Mid-Pacific's middle school team 2932B held the number one spot in all major challenges such as teamwork, driver skills and programming skills.
At the end of the event, Mid-Pacific VEX IQ team 2932B prevailed as tournament champion, which earns the team an invitation to the 2017 Hawaii VEX IQ State Championship February 20 at the Hawaii Convention Center. This event marked the last qualifying VEX IQ tournament for the 2016-2017 robotics season.
"I was proud to see our kids giving it their all on the field of competition," said coach and teacher Weyland Bailey, M.Ed. "Their many hours of practice culminated in a huge win for Mid-Pacific Institute."
In addition, their driver skills and programming skills scores placed team 2932B as the top-ranked VEX IQ middle school team in Hawaii and fourth overall team in the world These rankings also placed the team in line for a 2017 World Championship qualification. The "Amaze Award" was also presented to team 2932B for innovative use of programming and sensors on their robot.
"By winning this tournament, we qualified the MS team for the 2017 Hawaii VEX IQ State Championship," said Chief Innovation Officer Brian Dote. "Also, with the programming skills score they secured at the tournament, they will likely end up with an invitation to the 2017 VEX IQ World Championship that features 1,000 teams from 31 countries. It is the largest robotics tournament in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This is a huge deal as a Worlds slot is hard to come by. Their programming skills score is #4 worldwide which is an amazing achievement!"
Mid-Pacific VEX IQ Team 2932A is in line for an invite to the 2017 VEX IQ World Championships to be held in Louisville, Kentucky in April 2017!