Over the course of several years, we have been working on starting a robotics program at Hilo Intermediate School. At the beginning of September 2015, Hilo Viking Robotics was finally able to begin working with a group of 8th graders. Several HVR members went to Hilo Intermediate School each week, helping the students build robots with our Vex IQ kits. Over the course of the year, we were able to gather more students, register the team for tournaments, and find funding for the team. A robotics program as part of the Uplink program began and grew from there.
This year, Hilo Intermediate’s Vex IQ team is officially a club, and operates similarly to HVR! HVR members continue to mentor the team, attending work sessions weekly and tournaments, but the club remains entirely-student driven!