Future STEM Leaders Take Center Stage at 11th Annual VEX Robotics World Championship

Career Climbers / 30th April 2018

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation crowned the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) Middle School and High School World Champions, as well as the VEX U College World Champion winners at VEX Worlds 2018. Teams from CanadaChina and the United States brought home trophies for their achievements in robotics education including computational thinking, teamwork and coding.

“The VEX Robotics World Championship is a thrilling experience for everyone involved, from students competing to teachers, mentors, volunteers and spectators. Year-over-year we continue to see students from around the world raise the bar not only in their STEM capabilities, but also their teamwork and energy during the competition,” said Dan Mantz, CEO and chairman of the board of the REC Foundation. “It’s experiences like this that prepare students with the skills necessary to meet the needs of tomorrow’s workforce.”

2018 World Champions include:

Excellence Award

  • Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools robotics program (VRC team 1375) in Flint, MI
  • Davis High School (VRC team 2131) in Kaysville, UT
  • Xi’an Jiao Tong University (VEX U team XJTU) in Xi’an, China

VEX Robotics Competition Tournament Champions

  • Xiamen Haicang School attached to BNU (VRC middle school team 7617B) in Xiamen, China
  • Chengdu Shishi Middle School (VRC middle school team 7792B) in ChengduSichuan, China
  • E-Bots Robotics program (VRC high school team 5225A) in Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Shanghai Foreign Language School (VRC high school team 8825S) in Shanghai, China
  • Xi’an Jiao Tong University (VEX U team XJTU4) in Xi’an, China

Robot Skills World Champions

  • Foshan Nanhai Yanbu Middle School (VRC team 7090A) in Foshon, Gaundong, China
  • E-Bots Robotics program (VRC high school team 5225A) in Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Xi’an Jiao Tong University (VEX U team XJTU4) in Xi’an, China

Over 30,000 people including 1,600 teams from 30 nations have converged on Louisville, KY for the 11th annual VEX Robotics World Championship. The week-long celebration of STEM, diversity and robotics continues with the VEX IQ Challenge from Sunday, April 29 – Tuesday, May 1.

“While the VEX Robotics World Championship may culminate in the crowning of champions, our time here in Louisville is about so much more than that,” said Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics. “This week we’re honoring the incredible work of the students competing, the teachers and coaches that dedicate their time towards their team’s year-long development and most importantly the collaboration, diversity and love for STEM that molds the robotics community.”

The four-day competition culminated with the unveil of the new game, 2018-19 VEX Robotics Competition Turning Point. Students will have a year to design a robot to play the game, which is now available at http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexedr/competition.

The event is presented by the REC Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation, and is sponsored by Autodesk, Dell, NASA, Google, Texas Instruments, TVA, HEXBUG, Robomatter, Rack Solutions and Innovation First International. For more information, please visit http://www.vexworlds.com.

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