The VEX Robotics Competition, hosted by ASIJ Feb 1-2, saw our high school Ninjabotics team walk off with the top honor of the Excellence Award. The award qualifies them for the World Championships for the fourth consecutive year and recognized their consistent performance throughout the tournament. The team also was named Programming Skills Champion and topped the leaderboard at the end of the morning session on Saturday. Tournament champions KAIS International School and the Thai Chinese School put in a strong showing during the afternoon’s elimination rounds where teams formed alliances. ASIJ’s two middle school teams, competing for the first time, took home Sportsmanship Award and Energy Award. A complete list of results and awards are on the VEX website.
Overall, 12 teams from ASIJ, Kinnick, Aoba Japan International, Senri High School, KAIS International, the Thai Chinese School and St Maur took part in the competition which was judged by HS chemistry teacher Karyn Watt, Yoshiaki Nakano from Senri High School in Osaka and ASIJ alum Tai Dirkse ‘06.
Thank you to all of the parents who supported the event, particularly Larik Hall who emceed the tournament on Saturday, and the spectators who came along to cheer on our teams. We wish faculty advisers Karyn Watt and Kevin Randell and the Ninjabotics team the best of luck as they now prepare for the World Championships in Los Angeles.