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Nineteen Hawaiʻi VEX IQ robotics teams qualify for 2019 World Championships

Kaimuki-based St. Louis School won the Teamwork Champions 2nd Place and STEM Research Project Award at the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Hawaiʻi State VEX IQ Middle School Robotics Championship held Feb. 22. Photo credit: Art Kimura, Hawaiʻi Space Grant Consortium.

HONOLULU, March 7, 2019 -- Eight middle school and 11 elementary school robotics teams qualified for the 2019 VEX World Championships during Hawaiian Electric Companies' Hawaiʻi State VEX IQ Championships. The VEX Worlds will be held April 24 -- May 1, 2019 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, featuring top-ranked robotics teams from 45 countries.

In a field of 40 teams per championship, the 19 Hawaiʻi middle and elementary school robotics teams qualified for the VEX Worlds through winning the following awards:

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

Excellence Award -- Waialua Intermediate (Hawaiian Kids Team 359A)
Teamwork Champions -- Cornerstone Engineering Robotics (Mililani Masters Team 11173B)

Lokelani Middle School (Kolohe Kids Team 5777K)
Teamwork Champions 2
nd Place -- St. Louis School (The Crusaders Team 4270A) and Hawaii

Technology Academy (Triton Team 1234B) of Waipahu
Robot Skills Champion -- Mendija Robotics Academy (Mendija Robotics Team 81218A) from

Molokaʻi
Design Award -- Island Pacific Academy (Navigator Robotics Team 4442A)

St. Louis School also earned the STEM Research Project Award, qualifying twice for the world championship. Due to the overlap, a second team from Waialua Intermediate was able to qualify for the VEX Worlds through its skills ranking. For a full list of award recipients, please visit https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/RE-VIQC-18-6611.html.

Mānoa Elementary and Sacred Hearts Academy captured the Teamwork Champions Award at the Hawaiian Electric Companies' Hawaiʻi State VEX IQ Elementary School Robotics Championship held March 2. Sacred Hearts also earned the Robot Skills Champion and Design Award. Photo credit: Art Kimura, Hawaiʻi Space Grant Consortium.

Elementary School VEX IQ at Sacred Hearts Academy, March 2

Excellence Award -- Mānoa Elementary (Green Tigers Team 10142Y)
Teamwork Champions -- BSA Aloha Council Troop 32 (Son of Daimos Team 3200S) of

Waipahu, and Mānoa Elementary (Green Tigers Team 10142X)
Teamwork Champions 2nd Place -- Haleʻiwa Elementary (Cane Fire Team 96712B) and

Kualapuʻu School (Kualupuʻu Comets Team 1037C) of Molokaʻi
Teamwork Champions 3rd Place -- Mānoa Elementary (Green Tigers Team 10142A) and

Sacred Hearts Academy (Lancer Robotics Team 2436C)
Robot Skills Champion -- Sacred Hearts Academy (Lancer Robotics Team 2436A) Design Award -- Sacred Hearts Academy (Lancer Robotics Team 2436B)
Amaze Award -- Kaunakakai School (Molokaʻi Masters Team 11516D)
STEM Research Project Award -- Mililani Mauka Elementary (Eagle Teks Team 241E)

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For a full list of Elementary School VEX IQ award recipients, please visit: https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-iq-challenge/RE-VIQC-18-6412.html.

The 19 teams will join 5 middle and high school VEX VRC teams that won World Championship qualifiying 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 1500 students participating in more than 70 robotics events throughout the year. Globally, there are 24,000 teams in 57 countries participating in student robotics.




About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.

The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.

Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT

Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.

Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.

The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.

For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.

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