Posted on October 10, 2017 by Scot Allen
By Darren Iwamoto
The 2016-2017 Robotics season is still fresh in the minds of parents and students alike. Through the leadership and coaching of Weyland Bailey, Mid-Pacific was represented in two world-level tournaments and one national tournament, with a number of awards from qualifying tournaments along that journey.
The 2016-2017 season ended with Tyler Nishioka '23 and Ereyn Iwamoto '24 bringing home their third-place divisional trophy from the VEX IQ World Championship Tournament in Louisville, KY.
Mr. Bailey volunteered his time during Summer 2017 to begin preparation for the 2017-2018 Robotics season. Bailey opened the Weinberg Technology Center to students who were willing to get a head start on the 2017-2018 season. Students willingly spent their summer dedicating time to their craft.
"Mr. Bailey has created a culture of hard work, dedication, and success and his students are responding," said Chief Innovation Officer Brian Dote.
Enrollment for the Mid-Pacific Robotics program has nearly tripled this year -- with both an exploratory and competitive after-school program -- with more students on the waitlist waiting to enroll. On September 30, 2017, the 2017-2018 Robotics season began and Mr. Bailey's vision was actualized at the middle and elementary school's first tournament, the VEX IQ Royal Robotics Open Qualifying Tournament at Hanalani Schools in Mililani.
Fifteen students from the competitive class participated in one of four Mid-Pacific teams (two middle school and two elementary school teams); each student had a specific role and each of them excelled at fulfilling their roles in the tournament. There were many ups and downs during this tournament, but Mid-Pacific's core values were the driving force behind their perseverance. Team members were observed congratulating each other, providing emotional support and encouragement when outcomes did not occur as planned, they were innovative during stressful times, and remained humble through it all.
Once all of the qualifying matches ended, Middle School Team 2932A and Elementary School Team 29322A found themselves in the championship round. The Elementary School Team, represented by Braeden Yap & Noa Eldredge -Drivers and Joshua Chun - Scout, started off the Championship round executing their strategy just as they planned. They set the bar high and put a lot of pressure on the rest of the teams going after them. The Middle School Team, Ereyn Iwamoto '24 & Tyler Nishioka '23 - drivers, Cameryn Koike - Skills, STEM & Design presenter, and Kyler Agan & Malia Darling - Scouts, were up for the challenge and delivered a tournament-winning performance.
At the conclusion of the VEX IQ Royal Robotics Open Middle School Team 2932A brought back to Mid-Pacific the Design Award, Skills Challenge Award, and the Teamwork Award. With the Teamwork and Skills Awards, Team 2932A qualified for the VEX IQ State Championship Tournament in January 2018!
VIQ Royal Robotics Open at Hanalani Schools
Team # 2932A à Ereyn, Tyler, Cameryn, Kyler, Malia
Team # 2932B à Julian, Ian, Zach, Nicolai, James
Team # 29322A à Braeden, Noa, Joshua
Team # 29322B à Davan, Nathan