Robotics teams spread Aloha through hard work in international contest

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii's VEX Robotics students have earned respect across the nation, following three days of competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

Hawaii's own Kohala High School has taken the #1 seed in the Engineering division, and Kalani High is at #9 out of 120 teams. This, after nearly 2,000 qualifying matches in four competition divisions.

Iolani School earned the #2 spot for the Math Division followed by Mililani High School as #7.

Each of the four Hawaii teams competed well in the quarter final matches, but did not quite make it to the semi-finals.

Each year, robotics teams from around the world head to the VEX Robotics World Championship, and this year, Hawaii sent 31. Those include teams from various middle schools and high schools across the state. Coming up, Hawaii is sending teams to a national high school championship. That'll be from April 27th-30th in St. Louis Missouri. Back here at home, robotics teams will battle it out on May 9th at the Hawaii Convention Center on Oahu for the Botball Hawaii Regional Tournament.

To learn more about robotics education in Hawai'i, visit the Hawai'i Robotics Organizing Committee website at:

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