Ian Geliga is a freshman at Kealakehe high school, and it is his first year being part of the team. On Ian’s free time he enjoys playing all types of video games. Although those hobbies are important to Ian, he still put his family and education first. Ian joined the robotics team because he believes it will enhance his current education and help Ian afford college. Ian is hoping that robotics will help get colleges to offer him scholarships. Ian hopes to become an expert at VEX by the time he graduates.
Brock joined the Tiki Techs robotics team because he want to further enhance his knowledge about engineering, coding, and STEM in general. Brock is enrolled in the Kealakehe STEM Academy which introduced him to STEM. After high school, Brock wants to go to a prestigious university and study aerospace engineering. Brock, in his free time enjoys writing, playing video games, and working on difficult math and engineering problems.
Nathan is a current 9th grader in Kealakehe High School. He is a part of the STEM Academy and is a participant of the FTC, ROV, and TARC projects in robotics. Nathan is working on comparing the previous years of FTC to see the similarities and differences between them. He joined robotics to further his knowledge in engineering and programming, as well as learn from great mentors with valuable knowledge. Nathan likes soccer, Civil Air Patrol, Boy Scouts, and reading. He is also a Varsity Cross country runner. After high school, Nathan plans on attending the Air Force Academy, and getting a major in Aerospace engineering.
Luka is a freshman at Kealakehe High School. As it is his first year in high school, Luka decided to take advantage of all of the extra-curricular activities (Robotics, sports, Interact Club etc.) that he didn’t have at his previous Intermediate School. He enrolled in the STEM Academy, robotics, and Model United Nations. As of now, Luka is working on TARC, ROV and FTC in Robotics. Luka on his free time enjoys swimming, school, and having fun! After high school, Luka plans to go to a prestigious college and get a degree.
Zane is a freshman, and a newcomer to the Tiki Techs. Currently Zane is a part of the VEX robotics team doing the coding. Zane is working on programming a new robot, which will compete in competitions for our team. Zane also loves to play soccer on his free time.
This is Alexus’s second year in robotics. She joined robotics to explore STEM and to express her love for engineering. Alexus works on Science Olympiad, FRC, West Point Bridge, and VEX. During her free time she likes to read and write.
Gideon’s passion for STEM and robotics pushes him, innovating his capability through designing and fabricating VEX and FRC, while also participating in Science Fair and Science Olympiad. He is inspired to be motivated by STEM education because he truly believes it is the future.
Juliana Hennig is currently a sophomore at Kealakehe High School. This is her first year participating in our school’s robotics team, and she works on M.O.O.D. (media, outreach, operations, documentation), which encompasses anything from planning team/community events, taking pictures of our team, and documenting our team’s progress. Juliana is also an active member of our team’s PAAC club which includes: GNHD, MUN, Worldquest, and more! Juliana has always expressed a passion for media and outreach, therefore she is excited to develop her skills through this program.
Olivia Loney is a tenth grader at Kealakehe high school who loves learning and discovering new things. She’s a part of the Science Research team, taking part in Science Fair, Science Olympiad, and National History Day. Olivia is also an active participant in the PAAC club, she enjoys taking part in Model UN, GNHD, CEPF, IPPF, and other competitions, she is also a part of M.O.O.D.
Lisa has been on the team for a year and is on her second year on this team. Lisa led the West Point Bridge challenge and assisted in various projects coupled with the UH Engineering Day. Early on, Lisa took on fabrication on our all-girl VEX team. When she is not in robotics, Lisa enjoys playing tennis.
Kiyono McDonald is in 10th grade at Kealakehe High School. She is currently working on VEX. Kiyono joined robotics this year to become more involved with STEM after hearing a lot about the program throughout last year. After high school she plan on going to college, and she hopes that through the STEM program, she will be able to establish a better understanding of what she would like to do in the future.
Tatum has a passion for STEM and this is he second year, and it shows. She was apart of our all-girls VEX team and she took the lead on one of our robotic competitions this year: Mate ROV. In her free time, Tatum enjoys reading and drawing. She hopes to become more involved in the program and to take on furthering leadership roles.
Kean is a sophomore at Kealakehe High School and is apart of the M.O.O.D. team. “I wasn’t initially planning on joining the team, but after learning a lot more about the program I realized what a great opportunity it was”. After high school Kean plan to go to a community college then onto a 4-year college. Outside of school Kean really’s enjoy photography, going to the beach and soccer.
This is Emily’s second year on our STEM team. She is knowledgeable in design and fabrication, as she spent her freshman year on Konawaena’s robotics team. Emily was key in building our drive base and shooter mechanism for FRC. Emily hopes to keep developing her skills for future years on the team.
This is David’s second year participating in robotics. He plays a role in the BotBall and the Math League team. Right now he is working on VEX. Encountering STEM education through our robotics team has helped him gain more knowledge about computers as he advances through all of the diverse opportunities the program provides.
Thane is an 11th grader at Kealakehe High School. He is currently working in VEX, building bots for our team to compete in competitions all around our islands and the US. Thane is also part of the Kealakehe a.m. band.
Maya Gee, is a quirky, creative, and starry-eyed eleventh grader who has a deep craving for wanderlust. She have an audacious love for the mother nature. Because of this, Maya love to go to the beach, hike, and explore our island that we get to call home. She has always loved to take pictures of the world around her and thought robotics would be perfect to hone her skills. Additionally, Maya have always been interested in the other factors of the M.O.O.D. team. This year she want to advance her photography skills as well as partake in many outreach events that will benefit our community, especially young girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). After high school, Maya plan to attend a top tier university on the east coast and major in psychology; she is interested in advancing all the way to a PhD. After that, Maya plans to create some exceptional opportunities for herself with her education while continuing to explore the world she lives in.
Kawika has been on the team for two years now and he is currently working on ROV and M.O.O.D. Kawika enjoys taking photos and working on our website, he hopes that with the team it will help him get into better college’s and help him with a side job of photography. After high school Kawika hopes to go to college and get a Masters in education, and music.
Hope is a junior and an avid lover of running, she stands at an intimidating height of 4’8″, and enjoys devouring Taco Bell in her free time. Hope is currently on the Media, Pacific Symposium, Science Fair, MathLeague, MUN, and PAAC team, along with a couple other competitions throughout the year. Hope originally joined the STEM team because she was encouraged to; “at first I only thought that it encompassed robotics, but as I got to learn more about the team, I realized the diversity and many opportunities available, not to mention how interesting the topics we cover are”. Hope looks forward to attending a university on the East coast and pursuing a degree in humanitarian aid.
Max is a junior and it’s his first year joining the team. Max is currently part of our FTC team. Max’s interests include writing novels, playing D&D, and watching sci-fi shows as well of course robotics. After his graduation from Kealakehe he intends to get a degree in economics.
Evan has been in the program for three years now and strongly works on control systems and image processing for FRC. He is a key player in our MoonRIDERS project. Evan plans to continue his work in Pacific Symposium and Science Fair in the coming years. He is truly inspired by STEM education.
Julia Smith, is a Junior at West Hawaii Explorations Academy. Julia loves to solve problems and find out ways to improve things. Julia skill set is a combination of engineering, programming and design. Julia has experience as a digital media intern and managing social media. Julia has lots of experience working with Lightroom and operating DSLRs. In the past, she has worked on shooting portraiture in a professional environment. In terms of programming, she also has a handle on basic C++ and Python. She is looking forward to a great year with Tiki Techs and working with the team.
Uriah has been with the team for three succeeding year as a Tiki Tech. He works on design and fabrication for FRC, ROV, and VEX. He joined robotics to gain experience within STEM education, meeting people with similar interests. During his free time he loves to draw; Uriah spends most of his time either fabricating or sketching in his books. He absolutely loves being around his peers with similar interest it motivates him to improve.
Isaac is a senior and it is his second year in robotics. He plays a huge role with documentation, editing, formatting, and creating pages. His creative skills helped in creating the standard flag for FIRST. Along with his interest in STEM, is also involved with track and a community choir.
This is Ian’s fourth year on the team. He works primarily on our design, fabrication, and engineering team. Using his knowledge of mechanical engineering, he helped us create robots for VEX and FRC. Ian qualified for semi-finals in Pacific Symposium, states for Hawaii Science Fair, and has competed in Math League and Science Bowl.
This is Emily’s second year as a Tiki Tech. She plays a role in the media department, documentation, and outreach programs. Working continuous events with the community promoting STEM, she loves working with children. She did the Maui STEM conference in 2014, she works with GEMS, and enjoys STEM education. Her favorite event was FIRST, she played a huge role in scouting for her team in O’ahu regional.
This is Lily’s second year in the STEM team. She works on the media, documentation, and outreach programs. Throughout the year she has already gained much knowledge on photography and graphic design. She hopes to continue her work in robotics this year and then go to college to pursue in STEM education to benefit her community.
Jamin is a currently a senior and this is his third consecutive year in robotics. He works on fabrication and has been involved with projects such as ROV, and FRC. Jamin joined robotics to create opportunities to find his love through robotics to help him explore his passion. Being well rounded, Jamin is a part of the MUN, Worldquest, and PAAC team. He loves to travel and adventure, and through STEM opportunities he has had the chance to become friends with people around the world.
Bryan is a senior and is one of the many WHEA students to be integrating into this team. Bryan is a part of the M.O.O.D. and PAAC team, which encompasses things like Model UN, Worldquest, and more. Bryan has been a huge part of the team by making some of the letters we send to congress men/women and high ranking officials regarding donations, future events, and outreach in the community.
Ezra has been devoting his time to the team since freshman year, he is now a senior. He plays a major role in various competitions like TARC, FRC, Cyber Patriots, VEX, Science Olympiad, and Science Fair. He’s very advanced with technology and a well proper public speaker, but his specialty is LED programing. Ezra inspires other students to commit their time to STEM education.
This is Kaila’s second year in robotics. She works on our media, documentation, and outreach team. Kaila joined robotics to experience what it might be like to pursue a career in the STEM field. During her free time she enjoys gardening, taking pictures, and finding ways to occupy her time with clubs, events, and extracurricular activities.
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Alexandra is a senior and currently a programmer working on VEX. She joined robotics to meet new people and be a part of a team that constantly challenges each other to do the best that they possibly can. To her, the best part of robotics, in general, is seeing so many people caring and working towards one goal. It’s just an added benefit, that the end result is an amazing robot. After high school her plan is to attend a four-year college on the east coast.
Lydia is a senior on the team. She is taking a full schedule of cool courses and is involved in a bunch of extra-curricular activities, included piano, weight training, and theater. She does church activities, volunteer groups and is active in her youth group. This year in the STEM team she is heading up the Science Research, which includes Pacific Symposium and Science Fair. She enjoy working on a team and is looking forward to this year. She isn’t certain what her future holds but she is excited to follow the plans that faith has for her, whether that takes her to college or somewhere else across the globe.
Dane has been a part of our program for three years now, this is his fourth year; his diligent skills and capability of working with others has helped influence the team. He works with MoonRIDERS and is a key fabricator in our program through FRC and VEX. Dane enjoys challenging himself and he found a challenge in this program, participating in multiple competitions such as Science Olympiad, Science Fair, and BotBall.
Justyn has been on the team for three years and is going into his fourth year. His devotion to robotics leads him to inspire STEM in all aspects through community service outreach and competitions. He is a STEM Camp mentor, participated in Math League, and helps fabricate material for FRC. Justyn appreciates the opportunities robotics provides him because one day he hopes to pursue a career in the engineering field after high school.