Kualapu‘u Takes on the World

With thousands of people watching their every move thousands of miles from home, a team of sixth graders from Kualapuu Public Conversion Charter School’s robotics team took on the world. These young Molokaʻi students competed in the 2017 VEX IQ World Championship in Kentucky, where 272 teams came from 30 countries to vie for the championship. They formed an alliance with a team from Britain, and won the Engineering Divisional World Championship, which enabled them to compete for the overall World Championship Finals. The Kualapuu Comets and their British companions, the Discobots, ended up in second place, their score of 94 being bested only by a Chinese alliance that scored an incredible 99, which was higher than even the winning scores in the middle school division. Congratulations to the Comets for making Molokaʻi, and all of Hawaiʻi, proud, and in their first visit to the World Championships, no less!

“Ho‘omaika‘i i nā Comets!”