College Visits

The Tiki Techs currently hold a 100% college send off rate and we don’t want to back down. So why not visit some of  the top colleges in the United States of America and inspire kids to strive for the summit? Below are the various colleges we have visited over the years:

Northwestern University

Columbia University


University of Chicago

Washington University at St. Louis

University of California at Los Angeles

University of Hawaii Manoa

University of Hawaii Hilo

New York University

Being isolate in Hawaii, many students don’t receive the opportunity to tour potential colleges on the mainland. On our robotics trips, we like to give the students these opportunities.

VEX & FIRST Championships  

During our two week trip to VEX and FIRST Championships, we saw four different universities; University of California, University of California Los Angeles, University of Washington in St. Louis and Northwestern University. Each university showed the students the benefits of each school and the campus life. We took student and self-guided tours on each campus as well as eating in two different school dining halls, giving us a chance to feel how the campus dynamics worked with and without interference of guides.

The mission of Washington University in St. Louis is the promotion of learning — learning by students and by faculty. Founded in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis is an internationally renowned school with their faculty members well known leaders of their fields. This school has approximately 6,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

VEX Nationals

The robotics students who attended this competition were also part of Kealakehe High School’s Model United Nations club who went to New York City to take part in the National High School Model United Nations Conference. While in New York, we received a student guided tour of New York University.

When we flew to Chicago, we took self-guided tours of Northwestern University and University of Chicago.

Big Island VEX Robotics Invitational Tournament

The team visited the University of Hawaii – Hawaii Community College and learned about the Architecture and Welding Courses. We examined blueprints of houses and created a house using Computer-Aided Design (CAD). We also saw the department’s 3D printer that they use to make model houses. A college student taught us how to use surveying equipment.

At the welding department, we learned about different sorts of welds and saw their plasma cutter in action!