Sunday, April 20, 2008

Vex Robotics World Championships

Hundreds of high school students from around the planet are flocking to California next month to compete in the first ever world championships, participating in a ball game called Bridge Battle. Played on a 12' x 12' field, two alliances of robots battle it out to place 77 tennis balls in elevated platforms.

As described on the Vex Robotics website:

“Vex Robotics Competitions have given students a hands-on tool to enhance their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and learn critical skills such as teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, professionalism and problem-solving,” said Tarek Shraibati, a professor at California State University, Northridge and a member of the committee which organizes local robotics competitions. “Winning teams from various Vex programs around the country, and the world, deserve the chance to celebrate their accomplishments and compete with each other. California State University, Northridge decided to help organize and run a Vex World Championship event that would invite all the top teams from various competitions that use Vex Robotics.”


Teams representing the U.S., Great Britain, China, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan are expected. Registration and set-up will take place on May 1st, with qualifying matches and the actual competition scheduled for the next two days. The finale includes the performance of an all-robot band, as well as an awards ceremony for the winning teams.

Learn more about the Vex World Championships.

Check out the various Vex kits as well as the Revell Vexplorer Robotics System, the cool robot kit that serves as a commercial alternative to the more classroom-oriented Vex products.

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