2022-23 VEX IQ Season: Slapshot


VEX IQ Competition Slapshot is played on a 6’ x 8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.

Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

Kaohao Students work on programming their robot.

Students celebrate their robot design!

Makakilo Elementary School Students build the VEX Slapshot Hero Bot.

Students participate tournaments throughout the season allowing them to improve their designs

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VEX IQ: A Season of Learning

Throughout the VEX robotics season, students learned a great deal about teamwork, problem-solving, and STEM concepts, using the engineering design process to plan, build, test, and refine their robots for the game of VEX IQ Slapshot. 

Students started by defining the problem they needed to solve, brainstorming potential solutions, and designing and building their robots accordingly. One of the most challenging tasks for students was to dispense the scoring disks from three unique dispensers, each with a different method of dispensing, requiring them to design and build a robot capable of interacting with each dispenser in a unique way. While the size and shape of the scoring disks were uniform, students still had to consider a variety of factors, such as the mechanisms required to interact with each dispenser, the weight and balance of their robot, and the overall functionality of their design. 

As they gathered feedback from their tests, they refined their designs, making modifications and adjustments to improve their robot's performance. This iterative process continued throughout the season, as students continued to improve their robots and strategies based on their observations and experiences from many, many tournaments and leagues. 

Students in the VEX IQ Programs developed important engineering and problem-solving skills, such as critical thinking, iteration, and prototyping, that will be valuable to them both in their future academic pursuits and in their careers as they face complex challenges that require innovative solutions.

State Championships

The Hawaii Regional Championship for VEX Robotics is an exciting event that showcases the best and brightest student robotics teams from across the state. Teams qualify for this championship by competing in local tournaments and winning a qualifying award, such as the excellence, design, or team work champion. Additionally, teams could qualify through their individual skills score rankings, with only the top-ranking teams from across the state being invited to participate. This event is a high-stakes competition, with winning teams moving on to the next level of competition, the VEX Worlds, which will take place in Dallas, Texas. The Hawaii Regional Championship offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in the field of robotics and to gain valuable experience working in a team-oriented, competitive environment.

Teamwork Champions

The Teamwork Challenge Champions Award is presented to the two team alliance that earned the highest score in the Teamwork Challenge Finals matches. 

Elementary Division Teamwork Champions
Score: 189

96712A -  Cane Fires, Hale'iwa Elementary School
2623H  Hawaii Girl Power, Island Robotics

Elementary Division 2nd Place Teamwork Champions
Score: 112

10142W, Green Tigers Team W, Manoa Elementary School
10161B, Akamai Ma'alahi, Haili Christian School

Middle School Division Teamwork Champions
Score: 158

43110A, Kalama Robotics, Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate School
7650Z, Tiger TECH Ewa Makai, Ewa Makai Middle School

Middle School Division 2nd Place Teamwork Champions
Score: 155

587X, Hilo Intermediate Robotics, Hilo Intermediate School
20142A, Silver Tigers, Hamada Robotics

Excellence Award

The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work and teamwork. This team is committed to quality in everything that they do and is a strong contender in numerous award categories. This team or program deserves to be recognized for building a quality robotics program. 

Elementary Excellence: 11516B, Molokai All Stars, Kaunakakai Elementary SchoolMiddle School Excellence: 43110A, Kalama Robotics, Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate School
Elementary Design: 10142W, Green Tigers Team W, Manoa Elementary SchoolMiddle School Design: 38501A, Titans, Waiakea Intermediate School

Design Award

The Design Award is presented to a team that demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. Their Engineering Notebook and discussion with the Judges demonstrate the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance. This team’s Engineering Notebook is a clear, complete, and organized documentation of the robot design process that demonstrates effective management of skills, time, and material resources. Students on this team were able to explain how they developed an effective game strategy and robot design.

Photos from the Elementary Regional Championship

Hosted by Hanalani Schools

Photos from the Middle School Regional Championship

Hosted by Waiakea Intermediate School at the
University of Hawaii at Hilo