Second Annual VEX Robotics World Championship Competition to be Held at Dallas Convention Center and Arena
New Location for Growing VEX Robotics World Championship to Accommodate Middle School, High School and New College Challenge Pilot at the Educational Robotics Competition
More than 90 teams and about 1,000 students attended the inaugural VEX Robotics World Championship in
The second annual VEX Robotics World Championship is expected to draw more than 2,000 students to the Dallas Convention Center, with up to 200 teams from 13 different countries in the competition. Ten of those teams advanced from the recent Inaugural VEX Robotics Pan-Pacific Championship. The Pan-Pacific Championship took place
“We are very pleased to host the VEX World Championship at the Dallas Convention Center in 2009. We believe the expertise and benefits of robotics impacts nations,” said
Partnering with Innovation First as presenting co-sponsors of the second annual competition are returning supporters Autodesk Inc., NASA and FUTURE Foundation, as well as first-time supporters EMC and SolidWorks. Last year, NASA broadcasted the inaugural championship live online, while Autodesk Inc., a leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction markets, offered all participating teams a grant to reduce the event registration fee. This year additional support also comes from Intelitek, Hyatt, ID Tech Camps and Six Flags.
“The World Championship gives a diverse group of students the chance to celebrate their accomplishments and share their passion for robotics with each other,” said
Exciting enhancements and additional game play activities are planned for the upcoming season. This year’s competing teams will be playing the new game Elevation. In addition to the traditional team alliance match play, there will be full fields dedicated to the Elevation Programming Skills and Robot Skills challenges, which will also each crown a 2009 World Champion. The specific rules for the game Elevation, as well as the College Challenge, can be found on the VEX Elevation Competition page www.vexrobotics.com/vex-elevation.shtml. This season will also include prizes for online challenges. Students can show off their robot and computer skills prior to the World Championship by entering into three categories of new online challenges. Details are available at http://forum.robotevents.com/design.
The 2009 VEX Robotics World Championship is the final event in the 2008-2009 VEX Competition season. Winning teams from local and state VEX Robotics Competitions will have the opportunity to meet in
Participating teams work prior to the competitions with educators, mentors and coaches to build and design a robot using the VEX Robotics Design system and other VEX accessories. The goal is to build a robot that can solve competition challenges quickly and efficiently. The competition engages students in strategic thinking, engineering and programming and tests the skill of the robot drivers. VEX Robotics competitions provide students with hands on learning experiences allowing them to interact with peers on regional, national and international levels.
About Innovation First, Inc.
Innovation First, a privately held corporation, was founded on the belief that innovation very early in the design process is necessary to produce simple and elegant product designs. Innovation First began producing electronics for unmanned mobile ground robots, and is now an industry leader in the hobby, competition, education and toy markets. The company’s award winning Vex Robotics Design System, VEXplorer, HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures and IFI Robotics span the education, consumer and business-to-business markets. Leveraging the company’s core competency in electrical and mechanical engineering, the RackSolutions division works closely with all major computer OEMs to provide custom mounting solutions and industry-wide rack compatibility for data installations of all sizes. With an advanced in-house metal fabrication plant, distribution center, and office located together in a 13 acre complex in
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