Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and Northrop Grumman Foundation Announce New Dates & Location for the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship

September 22nd, 2014

2015 VEX Robotics World Championship to take place in Louisville, Ky. April 15-18

ROCKWALL, Texas – September 4, 2014 – The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation today announced that the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship will take place on April 15 – 18, 2015 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. This intense four-day annual robotics-engineering tournament will attract more than 800 teams and 15,000 students from over 25 countries to celebrate their accomplishments and further inspire their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“The VEX Robotics World Championship has grown significantly in the past few years and we are excited to move the event to the Kentucky Exposition Center, where the larger venue and new amenities will provide an incredible world class experience to the students, teachers, mentors, and parents who join us each year,” said Jason Morrella, president, REC Foundation. “We look forward to exploring the greater Louisville area and welcoming hundreds of VEX Robotics teams in April.”

“We’ve expanded our support for VEX Robotics not only due to the energy and excitement that each student who is part of this program shows, but also because of the dedication of the leadership team and their commitment to increasing student interest in STEM,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “As more and more students get a chance to experience VEX Robotics, we make progress in our efforts to expand global interest in STEM.”

Over the past year, the expanded partnership with the Northrop Grumman Foundation positioned the REC Foundation to respond to growing demand in communities in the U.S. and around the world with support for competition events and new team grants. With significant support from organizations like the Northrop Grumman Foundation and growing interest from students across the U.S. and internationally, the REC Foundation continues to experience 30% annual team growth. In order to keep up with growing demand, the REC Foundation secured the Kentucky Exposition Center, which offers 1.2 million square feet, two attached arenas, an adjoining amusement park, proximity to the airport and a variety of local attractions.

“Louisville has many unique experiences to offer students and their families,” said Karen Williams, president & CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “From the Muhammad Ali Center to Louisville Slugger to the Kentucky Derby Museum, this city embraces the spirit of competition and the importance of education. This competition will bring an estimated $5 million in economic impact but it will also draw young bright minds to see what current and future possibilities exist in our great city.”

“With exhibit space and parking all on one level, the Kentucky Exposition Center provides the easy load in and out for the many robots the attendees use. Since this is a youth-oriented event, our campus will provide a safe and secure environment for the attendees and guests,” said Rip Rippetoe, President & CEO, Kentucky State Fair Board which manages the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The REC Foundation manages the VEX IQ Challenge, the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U, which engages student teams worldwide with hands-on, curriculum-based robotics engineering programs while also providing valuable teamwork and problem-solving experience. Teams compete year-round at more than 800 events that culminate in April at the VEX Robotics World Championship.

VEX Robotics is the largest middle and high school robotics program in the world with more than 10,000 teams in all 50 states and more than 30 countries. To learn more about the REC Foundation, please visit www.RoboticsEducation.org or to locate a competition event, please visit www.RobotEvents.com.

About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry and the nonprofit community to achieve this work.

About Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation
Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation are committed to expanding and enhancing the pipeline of diverse, talented STEM students globally. They provide funding to STEM programs that span from preschool to high school and through collegiate levels, with a major emphasis on middle school students and teachers. Northrop Grumman employees actively volunteer in support of many STEM organizations in their communities and internationally. In 2012, Northrop Grumman and the Northrop Grumman Foundation continued outreach efforts by contributing approximately $22.8 million to diverse STEM-related groups such as the Air Force Association (CyberPatriot), Conservation International (ECO Classroom), the REC Foundation (VEX Robotics) and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation supports diverse and sustainable programs for students and teachers. These programs create innovative education experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information please visit www.northropgrumman.com/foundation.

About the Kentucky Exposition Center
One of the top 10 largest public facilities of its kind in the United States, the Kentucky Exposition Center features 1.2 million square feet of indoor space and accommodates a wide variety of events year round. The expo center is the permanent home for the Kentucky State Fair, the National Farm Machinery Show, and the North American International Livestock Exposition. Located adjacent to the Louisville International Airport and near the junction of three major interstates, the Kentucky Exposition Center is easily accessible and just five minutes south of downtown Louisville. For more information, visit www.kyexpo.org. Also like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kyexpocenter and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/kyexpocenter.

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AFTER THREE ACTION-PACKED DAYS, STEM CHAMPIONS ARE CROWNED AT THE 2014 VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

April 28th, 2014

All Star Students from Canada, China, Mexico & the United States Emerge as World Champions of the Largest & Fastest Growing Robotics Program in the World

Last weekend, the Anaheim Convention Center was taken over by more than 15,000 participants from 27 countries, as 760 of the world’s best student-run robotics teams demonstrated their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills, going head to head with custom-built and programmed robots at the VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation. After a long and spirited series of matches, teams from Canada, China, Mexico and the United States ultimately came out on top, taking home the coveted Winning Alliance trophies for the VEX IQ Elementary & Middle School World Championship, the VEX Robotics Competition Middle & High School World Championship, and the VEX U World Championship competitions.

“This year, we surpassed 10,000 VEX Robotics teams, hailing from over 33 countries – 760 of which qualified to attend VEX Worlds. Each of these teams pushed themselves every day as they stretched and strengthened their STEM skills and learned to work as a team,” said Jason Morrella, president of the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation. “Not only does this weekend represent the exciting culmination of their enormous effort, but it also represents just the beginning of what these students can hope to accomplish as they continue with their STEM learning. We are impressed by all they have achieved, and excited about all the great opportunities opening up for them in their futures,” concluded Morrella.

Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, told the audience during the final ceremony, “On behalf of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, we are truly honored to serve as the presenting sponsor of this amazing competition. We are more than excited about what we have seen here. You represent our future. You represent the here and now. You are not only cool but you are making a difference for years to come.”

The global championship kicked-off on Wednesday and Thursday with initial qualification matches and skills challenges. By Friday morning, the excitement was palpable as thousands of young engineers filed into the VEX Dome to participate in the parade of nations, where students from all the teams proudly displayed their respective countries’ brilliant flags. Following the parade, it was time for the teams to jump into an afternoon full of intense back-to-back qualification matches. Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk could be seen visiting with the teams before providing a few opening remarks later in the evening, during which he encouraged the students to stick with their passion for STEM as it will lead to a future full of career potential.

By Saturday, qualification rounds came to an end, the top performing teams went through the alliance selection process, and the division champion alliances collaborated to advance over their toughest competition yet in the finals. A dynamic light show and DJ experience added to to the atmosphere during the finals, guiding teams and spectators through the award ceremonies.

Altogether, 760 VEX teams out of more than 10,000 teams worldwide qualified to compete in one of five challenges hosted by the REC Foundation this past weekend. The competitions included: VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School World Championship (ages 8-10), VEX IQ Challenge Middle School World Championship (ages 11-14) VRC Middle School World Championship (ages 11-14), VRC High School World Championship (ages 15-18) and VEX U (ages 18+).

The 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship Alliance Winners are as follows:

  • The VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School Teamwork Champion Alliance included the Mighty Mechs from Anaheim, California and the Pixelated Piranhas from Kokomo, Indiana
  • The VEX IQ Challenge Middle School Teamwork Champion Alliance included the DiscoBots – Xray from Houston, Texas and NEXT Robokids from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
  • The VRC Middle School World Champion Winning Alliance included three teams from China, the Branch of Beijing Chen Jinglun Middle School, the Fuzhou Shidai Middle School, and the Fuzhou Create Future Young Robot Engineer Club.
  • The VRC High School World Champion Winning Alliance included the Chingboticz Eh? from Ontario, Canada, the SPUR-FLYS from Van Nuys, California, and Lynfield College Robotics from Auckland, New Zealand.
  • The VEX U World Champion was Team UTHH1 Mecánica from Huejutla de Reyes, Mexico

One team from each of the five divisions also received the Excellence Award, the highest honor in the VEX Robotics World Championship, given to the team with the most well-rounded VEX Robotics program. The TechnoBots from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico received the award for VEX IQ Elementary. The Reisenschein from McLean, Virginia received the award for VEX IQ Middle School. The Highlands Inter Robotics from Pearl City, Hawaii was presented with the award for VRC Middle School. The Haslett VEX Raptors MSU from East Lansing, Michigan received the award for VRC High School. The OYES Robotics from Auckland, New Zealand received the award for VEX U.

Several other technical and value-based awards were presented to teams throughout the event. Below is a list of the teams and individuals that were recognized for excelling in some of the top categories. For a complete list of award winners, including winners of the online challenges, visit http://www.robotevents.com/championship.

For those looking forward to getting a jump on next year’s robot designs, the 2014/2015 season games will be VEX Highrise (VEX IQ Challenge) and VEX Skyrise (VEX Robotics Competition).

Partners and sponsors of the 2014 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship includes Northrop Grumman Foundation, EMC, NASA, Chevron, Microchip, Texas Instruments and HEXBUG. In addition, VEX Robotics continually reaches students in the classroom through key partnerships with notable education-based organizations, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Technology Students Association (TSA).

About REC Foundation
The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. Its goal is to provide these programs with services, solutions, and a community that allows them to flourish in a way that fosters the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for students to succeed in the 21st Century. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work so that one day these programs become accessible to all students and all schools in all communities. For more information on REC Foundation, visit www.roboticseducation.org.

About VEX Robotics
VEX Robotics is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams around the world. The company’s three product lines, VEX IQ, the VEX Robotics Design System and VEXpro, are backed by 250 man years of experience supporting educational robotics programs and designed to be affordable, accessible and scalable. The company also partners with the non-profit Robotics Education & Competition Foundation to support the world’s largest and fastest growing competitive robotics program for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world. The VEX IQ Challenge, the VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U were designed to give a diverse group of students the chance to celebrate their accomplishments and share their passion for robotics with each other. In 2013-2014, over 10,100 teams from 33 countries have participated in over 750 competitions worldwide.

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All-Star Students Put Their STEM Prowess on Display During Action-Packed VEX Robotics World Championship

April 22nd, 2014

On April 23-26, 2014, students from around the world will converge on Anaheim, Calif. for the ultimate robotics showdown – The VEX Robotics World Championship!

The VEX Robotics World Championship – the climax of the season for the largest and fastest growing educational and competitive robotics program in the world – presented by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation, is taking place this week! On April 23-26, 2014, over 15,000 participants from over 26 countries will meet and engage in a fierce, science and technology-fueled battle at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Each year, VEX reaches more than half a million students across the world in the classroom and through after-school competitions, turning robotics into a captivating hands-on sport that challenges both students’ brainpower and teamwork skills. Competitors at this level make up the world’s sharpest, most ambitious, technology-focused elementary school, middle school, high school, and university students. These young prodigies have committed their time and energy throughout the season designing, building, programming, and developing their own unique competition strategies at more than 750 local, regional and national tournaments. Of the more than 10,000 VEX Robotics teams that exist in the world, the top 760 teams have earned the right to travel to Anaheim, California where they will form strategic alliances with other teams and challenge competitors at the 2013-2014 season games: VEX Toss Up and VEX Add It Up.

Additionally, this will be the second year for the VEX Robotics World Championship VEX IQ Challenge – a new, exciting STEM program for elementary and middle school students. Using the VEX IQ platform, students with guidance from their mentors build robots designed to solve specific engineering challenges that are presented in the form of a game. In addition to building robots, the VEX IQ Challenge encourages students to actively learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a STEM-themed research project that consists of a written or media presentation.

Legendary skateboarder, Tony Hawk, will be in attendance, visiting teams and checking out qualifying matches Friday afternoon, and will provide a few opening remarks before the grand unveiling of the new game for the 2014/2015 season. The VEX Robotics World Championship is open to the public, FREE, and fun for the whole family! In fact, spectators are welcome and encouraged to watch matches, attend ceremonies, and visit with teams in the pit area as they strategize and prepare their robots for competition.

“It’s always exciting and inspiring to watch the students in action at the VEX Robotics World Championship. We’re so proud of how the REC Foundation has been able to bolster these essential STEM programs and continue to grow the VEX Robotics Competition and the VEX IQ Challenge,” said Jason Morrella, president of the REC Foundation. “The students that immerse themselves in these programs are the innovators of the future; tomorrow’s great scientists, engineers, and educators.”

Partners and sponsors of the 2014 VEX Robotics World Championship include Northrop Grumman Foundation, EMC, NASA, Chevron, Microchip, Texas Instruments and HEXBUG.

Fans can follow the competition and sign up for real-time competition news and results via live webcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and YouTube updates. Real time tournament results are also available through VEX via an iPhone and Android compatible app, which provides match schedules, rankings and scores. For more information visit RobotEvents.com/championship.

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STUDENTS FROM HOUSTON AND ARLINGTON TAKE TOP HONORS AT THE U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL VEX ROBOTICS COMPETITION

January 6th, 2014

Five Texas High School Teams Qualify for the South Texas Regional VEX Robotics Competition

January 6, 2014 –Robot-bearing students from VRC team 2587Z, the DiscoBots, from Houston, Texas, VRC team 9090C, T-VEX from Arlington, Texas and VRC team 231Z from Pasadena ISD Robotics in Houston, Texas took home the coveted Winning Alliance trophies as Tournament Champions of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl VEX Robotics Competition in San Antonio this past week. VRC team 4080A, Silent Bot Deadly, from Ladonia, Texas was recognized with the Excellence award, the most prestigious award of the competition. VRC team 400X, team Xtreme, from Galveston, Texas went away with the Design award for their outstanding engineering and documentation. These middle and high school students competed with and against 54 teams from across Texas and Mexico.  The Tournament Champions, Excellence award winners, and Design award recipients all qualified for the chance to compete in the South Texas Regional VEX Robotics Competition and the U.S. Open VEX Robotics Championship in Omaha, Nebraska.

The action-packed day required middle and high school students to execute VEX Toss Up, a game that is played on a 12’x12’ square field. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen-second autonomous period followed by one minute and forty-five seconds of driver-controlled play. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent alliance by scoring bucky balls and large balls in middle and goal zones, earning bonus points and doubling or negating goals.

“The Army is proud to be able to showcase the incredible talents of these winning teams and all of the students who took part in this competition,” said Col. John Keeter, deputy, Army Marketing and Research Group. “Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are critical not just to our Army’s success, but to the success of our nation, and we recognize the importance of encouraging STEM interest and excellence in today’s youth.”

High School senior Cedric Shy, Driver of VRC team 2587Z, the DiscoBots, from Houston, Texas, who was a part of the Winning Alliance commented, “The best moment of the day was making it to the finals. I’m so proud of the communication that we maintained with our alliance partners and our ability to play offense and defense against the tough competition. Our ultimate goal is to compete at the VEX World Championship alongside some of the most accomplished teams from around the world.”

Jason Morrella, president of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, said, “The students participating in the VEX Robotics Competition consistently exhibit high levels of enthusiasm, teamwork, and a true passion for learning — gaining new appreciation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics through robotics.”  The REC Foundation manages the VEX Robotics Competition program that thousands of schools participate in around the world.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl VEX Robotics Competition is one of a series of VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year.  The VEX Robotics Competition is the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics program for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world, with more than 9,000 teams from 26 countries that participate in more than 400 VEX Robotics Competition events worldwide.

More information about The REC Foundation and VEX Robotics Competitions is available at robocticseducation.org and RobotEvents.com.

About the REC Foundation
The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, supports robotics and technology events and programs that aim to inspire and motivate students to advance in STEM education. In addition to operating and supporting competitions for some of the world’s leading robotics platforms and organizations including VEX, TSA and BEST Robotics Competitions, the Foundation also provides program support and workshops focused on technology and professional development for educators – including the RobotEvents.com community portal website which helps promote multiple high quality programs and provides online registration and event pages for hundreds of events around the world.

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U.S. ARMY VEX HOSTS ROBOTICS COMPETITION AT ALL-AMERICAN BOWL

December 23rd, 2013

WHAT: Middle and high school students from Alice, Austin, Cedar Park, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Greenville, Houston, Ingram, Ladonia, Richardson, San Antonio, Quinlan, Waco, and Mexico will descend upon San Antonio’s Sunset Station on Friday, January 3rd, for the VEX Robotics Competition presented by the U.S. Army at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Approximately 60 teams will come together for a non-stop, action-packed day of competition where they will compete with robots created from the VEX Robotics Design System.  Participants will square off playing the game Toss Up, developed by VEX Robotics, Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, leaders in educational and competitive robotics.

The VEX Robotics Competition is one of more than 400 tournaments supported by the REC Foundation and various national, regional and local sponsors.  The competition season culminates each spring, with the top performing teams from local and state VEX Robotics Competitions competing against each other at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship, in Anaheim, CA. At the World Championship, these exemplary teams will have the opportunity to challenge their top-ranked peers from other countries around the world, including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

SCHOOLS:

Alice High School Alice, TX
The Mandarin Chinese School Arlington, TX
Austin Middle School Austin, TX
Garza High School Austin, TX
McCallum High School Austin, TX
Hill Country Austin 4-H Austin, TX
Cedar Park High School Cedar Park, TX
Moody High School – Innovation Academy Corpus Christi, TX
Ball High School Galveston, TX
Lamar High School Houston, TX
Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy Houston, TX
Carnegie Vanguard High School Houston, TX
Tom Moore High School Ingram, TX
Heritage Academy Quinlan, TX
L.V. Berkner High School Richardson, TX
Richardson Berkner STEM Academy Richardson, TX
Roosevelt High School San Antonio, TX
Stacey High School San Antonio, TX

 

INTERVIEW / PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: 1:1 interviews with students, the U.S. Army, and the President of the REC Foundation will be available throughout the competition.  Photos of VEX Robots and teams interacting with their unique custom robots will be available upon request.

WHERE: Sunset Station 1174 East Commerce Street San Antonio, TX 78205

WHEN: Friday, January 3rd:

7:30 AM Open Registration, Begin Inspection, Practice Field Opens

8:45 AM Drivers Meeting

9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies

9:30 AM Qualification Matches Begin

10:00 AM Skills Challenges Open

12:30 PM Lunch Break

1:30 PM Qualification Matches Resume

3:30 PM Skills Challenges Close

4:00 PM Qualification Matches End

4:30 PM Alliance Selection Begins

5:00 PM Finals Tournament Begins

6:30 PM Awards Ceremony

7:00 PM Venue Closes

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REC FOUNDATION WELCOMES THE VEX ROBOTICS COMMUNITY BACK TO SCHOOL WITH NEW COMPETITIONS, GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

September 6th, 2013

ROCKWALL, TEXAS – September 5, 2013 – The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation today announced open registration for more than 350 competitions across three programs – VEX IQ, VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) and VEX U – at www.robotevents.com.

Due to the exponential growth of the VEX Robotics Competition over the past season, the REC Foundation will offer new State/Province Championships that will provide an opportunity to qualify for the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship. To learn more about the State/Province Championships please read the 2013/2014 VEX State Championship Qualifying Criteria. In addition, the REC Foundation is excited to announce a new location and date for the VEX Robotics Competition U.S. National Championship, which will move to a summer event in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 10-12, 2014 in partnership with the Friends of Hawaii Robotics. The CREATE Foundation will continue to hold a premier event in the spring which will also qualify US teams for the National Championship in Hawaii. Please stay tuned for more information about both events, coming soon. Finally, the REC Foundation Online Challenges are available for viewing and will officially open for submissions on September 17, 2013.

“The REC Foundation is pleased to support the recent expansion of the VEX Robotics suite of programs, spanning elementary school through college, with a number of new competitions, grants and scholarship opportunities, and new curriculum resources to support teachers in the classroom,” said Jason Morrella, President, REC Foundation. “We are particularly focused on assisting the growing community of students, educators, mentors, volunteers, partners and sponsors involved in robotics engineering programs to advance STEM education.”

The REC Foundation continues to expand the number and selection of college and university scholarships and is pleased to introduce a new online resource to provide information about new team grant opportunities. VEX Robotics has also recently introduced a number of VEX IQ curriculum resources, which are aligned to the Common Core education standards, to support the early integration of robotics into the classroom. More information about all of these new offerings can be found at: www.roboticseducation.org.

About the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry and the nonprofit community to achieve this work. For more information, please visit www.roboticseducation.org or www.robotevents.com.

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Building Robots Just Got a Lot Cooler: The VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk 123D

August 27th, 2013

Autodesk’s  In the Fold blog discusses VEX IQ this week. Read on to learn more.

“What do you get when you combine robots with advanced 3D modeling and some really creative students? The VEX Robotics Competition! This year, Autodesk is teaming up with VEX Robotics to make the competition even better by giving students a cool new way to design, imagine and create their robots: The  VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk® 123D®.

The VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk® 123D® is a brand new, free 3D desktop design app made specifically for the VEX IQ robotics platform.  The desktop tool allows students to digitally access, assemble, share and test a library of VEX IQ mechanisms, gadgets and even entire robots!  Even better, there’s no CAD experience necessary to power up and use this app.  It is designed to introduce students to the modern principles of CAD while offering them a drag and drop environment where their creativity can go wild and hopefully inspire them to create some pretty great robots along the way.

Interested in learning more? Join us for the VEX Assembler Webcast on August 29th at 4:00 PM PT. A team from Autodesk and VEX Robotics will be walking through the features of the app and demonstrating the product in action. To register for the Webcast, click here. We hope to see you there!”

To read more about the VEX Assembler powered by Autodesk 123D, click here to be taken directly to the blog post.

NORTHROP GRUMMAN FOUNDATION EXTENDS PARTNERSHIP OF VEX ROBOTICS COMPETITION WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

August 13th, 2013

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation Announces 2014 and 2015 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship

August 13, 2013 –The Northrop Grumman Foundation and the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation today announced that the Northrop Grumman Foundation will be the presenting sponsor of the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in 2014 and 2015. In addition, the REC Foundation today announced that the 2014 and the 2015 VEX Robotics Competition World Championships will once again take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California on April 23-26, 2014 and April 22 – 25, 2015. This intense three-day annual robotics-engineering tournament will attract more than 800 teams and 15,000 students from over 25 countries to celebrate their accomplishments and further inspire their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“The Northrop Grumman Foundation recognizes the importance of hands-on, sustainable and affordable robotics engineering programs to increase student interest in the STEM fields and we greatly appreciate their increased support of the VEX Robotics Competition,” said Jason Morrella, president, REC Foundation. “In addition, the Anaheim Convention Center has been a true partner in accommodating our growth and we look forward to two more years at this fantastic venue.”

“VEX Robotics is a tremendous program that creates great learning, team work and fun while exciting young minds in STEM,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “As a global company, we are eager to support the expansion of VEX Robotics so more students worldwide have the opportunity to gain insight into the excitement of STEM and STEM careers and participate in this fun, yet challenging program.”

The newly expanded partnership with the Northrop Grumman Foundation will uniquely position the REC Foundation to respond to growing demand in communities in the U.S. and around the world with support for operational growth, competition events and new team grants.

“The Anaheim Convention Center is the ideal location for the 2015 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship, and we look forward to welcoming thousands of the world’s best and brightest young minds to Anaheim,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. ”There are many ways to impact current and future generations, and these young men and women are to be commended for their vision and dedication to excellence.”

The REC Foundation manages the VEX Robotics Competition, which provides student teams worldwide with hands-on, curriculum-based robotics engineering programs while also providing valuable teamwork and problem-solving experience. Teams compete year-round at more than 400 events that culminate in April at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship.

The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) is the largest middle and high school robotics program in the world with more than 7,300 teams in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. The VRC World Championship will include the introduction of VEX IQ, a new elementary robotics platform and competition, which combined with VEX U college and university level of competition, will enable students of all ages to have an opportunity to participate in robotics engineering concepts and advance their STEM knowledge. To learn more about the REC Foundation, please visit www.RoboticsEducation.org or to locate a competition event, please visit www.RobotEvents.com.

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STUDENTS FROM TEXAS & VIRGINIA TAKE TOP HONORS AT THE TSA NATIONAL VEX ROBOTICS COMPETITION

July 2nd, 2013

Outranking 100 Other Teams L.V. Berkner High School and Holman Middle School Named Excellence Award Winners at TSA 2013 National Conference

ROCKWALL, Texas – July 2, 2013 – Students from L.V. Berkner High School, Team 136S, from Richardson, Texas secured top honors with the overall Excellence Award and the Tournament Champion Award for the High School Division, meanwhile students from Holman Middle School, Team 6740A, from Glen Allen, Virginia were recognized with the overall Excellence Award for the Middle School Division at the Technology Student Association (TSA) National VEX Robotics Competition that took place in Orlando, Florida.  The students took part in three full days of competition with more than 100 teams participating from across the United States in conjunction with the 2013 National TSA Conference.  The action-packed competition schedule required middle and high school students to execute VEX Sack Attack, a game that is played on a 12’x12’ square field. Teams compete in matches consisting of a twenty-second autonomous period followed by two minutes of driver-controlled play plus individual program skills and robot skills challenges. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than your opponent by scoring sacks in red and blue troughs, earning bonus points and doubling or negating goals.

“It’s wonderful to see the overall excitement, commitment to teamwork and robotics engineering design that the students displayed at the National TSA Conference,” said Jason Morrella, president of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. “The Technology Student Association has been a true partner in advancing STEM education with incredible robotics engineering and competition opportunities to students in their program and we are grateful for their continued support.”

To prepare for the competition, the groups worked together to design and build a robot using the VEX Robotics Design System, that could quickly and efficiently solve specific obstacles and challenges that come with playing the 2013/2014 game, VEX Sack Attack.

Each week, students apply what they’ve learned about science, technology, engineering and math in order to build the semiautonomous machines. An equally important set of skills is learned through the competition – design, communication, project management, teamwork, and the importance of composure, as students learn to deal with adversity in maximizing the design and performance of their robots wins and losses.

While Team 136S and Team 6740A won the event overall, many other teams also received esteemed awards. Award winners included:

  • Middle School Tournament Champions: Team 4377B, Purcell Junior High School, OK
  • High School Tournament Champions: Team 136S, L.V. Berkner High School, TX
  • Middle School Robot Skills Award: Team 4377B, Purcell Junior High School, OK
  • High School Robot Skills Award: Team 2131A, Davis High School, UT
  • Middle School Programming Skills Award: Team 4377B, Purcell Junior High School, OK
  • High School Programming Skills Award: Team 2131A, Davis High School, UT

The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation is pleased to organize and offer more than 400 VEX Robotics Competition events annually to reach well over 7,300 teams during the 2012-2013 season, which experienced 51% team growth year over year.

The TSA National VEX Robotics Competition is one of a series of VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year.  VEX Robotics is the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics program for middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world, with more than 7,300 teams from 26 countries that participate in more than 400 VEX Robotics Competition events worldwide.

More information about The REC Foundation and VEX Robotics Competitions is available at robocticseducation.org and RobotEvents.com.

About the REC Foundation
The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, supports robotics and technology events and programs that aim to inspire and motivate students to advance in STEM education. In addition to operating and supporting competitions for some of the world’s leading robotics platforms and organizations including VEX, TSA and BEST Robotics Competitions, the Foundation also provides program support and workshops focused on technology and professional development for educators – including the RobotEvents.com community portal website which helps promote multiple high quality programs and provides online registration and event pages for hundreds of events around the world.

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Microchip Announces Sponsorship of 2013/2014 VEX® Robotics Competitions

May 2nd, 2013

Microchip Offers Grants for 20 Rookie Arizona VEX Teams and Loans Fully-Equipped Gaming Trailer for Teams to Hold Local Tournaments

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions announced support of several VEX® robotics tournaments in Arizona, providing opportunities for teams who were able to qualify for the 2013 VEX Robotics World Championship, which was held April 18-20, 2013 in Anaheim, CA presented by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation.  The challenge, VEX “Sack Attack” pitted team alliances against each other to score points by dumping as many sacks into their alliance troughs during a two minute match.  As a result of Microchip sponsorship grants, 20 rookie teams were created in Arizona in 2013 and two new playing fields were donated, allowing more events and more teams to participate.  More than 700 teams from 24 countries and 15,000 students competed in Anaheim and teams from Cave Creek, Arizona, took home awards in the “Create” and the Autodesk Design Award categories.

Steve Sanghi, President and CEO of Microchip Technology Inc., was inducted into the STEM Heroes Hall of Fame for his work in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math throughout the years with his involvement with various robotics programs, including VEX, FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the Microchip Academic Program.  “I am honored to be included among this esteemed group of individuals who recognize that it is our responsibility to prepare the next generation of engineers, innovators and scientists so they can define new technology to create a stronger economy through education,” said Steve Sanghi, upon receiving this accolade.  VEX Robotics and the REC Foundation also announced a new program at the World Championship event, VEX IQ and the VEX IQ Challenge, will bring robotics to the elementary school level.  This makes VEX available to students in elementary school through college.

Microchip, in conjunction with the REC Foundation is expanding its support for 2013-2014 with an additional 20 grants that will be offered to rookie VEX teams in Arizona.  Additionally, Microchip will equip a portable VEX playing field system housed in a trailer that can be loaned out to Arizona teams who want to host scrimmages or qualifying tournaments in Arizona.  Two playing fields, electronics, and all gaming pieces will be included, allowing teams to put on their own VEX Robotics Competition events.  For more information or to get involved, contact Carol Popovich at carol.popovich@microchip.com or (480) 792-7938.

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About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:  MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide.  Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.  For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/get/TNJ2.

About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry and the nonprofit community to achieve this work.  For more information on REC Foundation, visit http://www.microchip.com/get/VRQE or http://www.microchip.com/get/KT3V.

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