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Nineteen Hawaiʻi Robotics Teams Qualify for World Championship

Eight middle school and 11 elementary school robotics teams qualified for the 2019 VEX World Championships at the Hawaiʻi State VEX IQ Championships. Among the winners were teams from Lokelani Middle School, Kualapuʻu School, Kaunakakai School, and the Mendija Robotics Academy of Molokaʻi. 

The world championship will be held from April 24 to May 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Top-ranked robotics teams from 45 other countries will also be competing in the championship. Among 40 teams, the 19 elementary and middle school groups earned the following awards:

Middle School VEX IQ at St. Louis School, Feb. 23:

St. Louis School also earned the STEM Research Project Award, which qualified them for the world championship for a second time. Due to the overlap, a team from Waialua Intermediate was able to qualify for the world championship through its skills ranking. 

Elementary School VEX IQ at Sacred Hearts Academy, March 2:

A full list of the award recipients is available online [1].

The 19 teams will join five middle and high school VEX VRC teams that won World Championship qualifying slots during the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Hawaiʻi State VEX VRC Championship in January.

Since 2013, the Hawaiian Electric Companies have sponsored the VEX State Championships. Today, there are 270 IQ teams and 92 VEX teams across the state, with about 1,500 students participating in more than 70 robotics events throughout the year.