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.
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.
Going into her senior year and marking her second year on the team, Hope has competed in Science Olympiad, Pacific Symposium, Intel Science Fair, Science Bowl, Math League, FIRST Robotics Competition, VEX, and Botball, making it to the state and regional level for all. Being the team captain for Academic Worldquest & Model UN for her fourth year, in addition to holding a spot on Student Council for four years, Hope hopes to double major in International Relations & Mechanical Engineering.
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 Senior 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.