ABOVE: Brentwood Academy has hosted regional and state robotics championships as interest in competitive robotics has steadily increased. // FILE PHOTO
Student-led teams from California, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Tennessee, and China, including a team from Brentwood Academy, brought home trophies for their achievements in robotics at the VEX Robotics World Championship 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation awarded the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) Middle School and High School World Champions, along with the VEX U College World Champion winners at the event this past weekend.
“Taking home a World Champion award is a major milestone that exemplifies perseverance, ingenuity and sportsmanship which is the cornerstone of the competition,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation. “These attributes will serve these students for the rest of their academic years and future careers. We’re extremely proud of these winners along with all the dedicated competitors from around the world. The unwavering support of teachers, mentors, volunteers and spectators make the VEX Robotics World Championship so memorable.”
2019 World Champions include:
- Brentwood Academy (VRC team 9364) in Brentwood, Tennessee
- Brecksville Robotics (VRC team 2011) in Broadview Heights, Ohio
- University of Southern California (VEX U team USC) Los Angeles, California
VEX ROBOTICS COMPETITION TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS
- New Century Robotics Club (VRC middle school team 7671C) in Quzhou, Zhejiang, China
- ShangHai RuiGuan Robotics Activity Center (VRC middle school team 9123A) in Shanghai, China
- Shanghai Jing’an Science Technology Youth Center (VRC high school team 98060) in Shanghai, China
- Millburn High School (VRC high school team 7405P) in Millburn, New Jersey
- IFT Robotics (VEX U team IFI) in West Hartford, Connecticut
ROBOT SKILLS WORLD CHAMPIONS
- The Science Academy STEM Magnet (VRC team 3324V) in North Hollywood, California
- Flower Mound High School (VRC team 365X) in Flower Mound, Texas
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (VEX U team SJTU1) in Shanghai, China
More than 30,000 people, including more than 1,650 teams from 40 nations gathered in Louisville, for the 12th annual VEX Robotics World Championship. The celebration of STEM education and robotics continued with the VEX IQ Challenge Sunday, April 28 through Tuesday, April 30.
“Throughout the competition, the student’s boundless enthusiasm and strong work ethic culminated with heart-pounding final matches that truly showcases the extraordinary talent of our champions,” said Tony Norman, Co-founder and President of VEX Robotics. “This week, the excitement of our robotics community will create the problem solvers and innovators of tomorrow.”
The four-day competition culminated with the unveiling of the new game, 2019-20 VEX Robotics Competition Tower Takeover. Students will have one year to design a robot to play the game, which is now available here.
The REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation along with other global sponsors that support the program year-round and at the world championship include: Autodesk, Dell, Google, HEXBUG, IFI NASA, Rack Solutions, Robomatter, Tesla, Texas Instruments, Toyota, TVA, VEX Robotics, MathWorks, Microchip, UPS, Nordson, Nissan, Robot Mesh, Advanced Manufacturing and Logistic Network, Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, Maker Mobile, Inc., TATA consulting, and ZEON. For more information, please visit http://www.vexworlds.com.
About the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.
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 VEX IQ and VEX EDR product lines span elementary, middle, and high schools with accessible, scalable, and affordable robotics solutions. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among groups. It allows educators to easily customize projects to meet the level of students’ abilities as they inspire & prepare the STEM problem-solvers of tomorrow.