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Future Generation of Tech Innovators Gather for Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship

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The world’s future innovators, problem solvers and engineers are
convening in Louisville, Kentucky as part of the world’s largest
robotics event: The
Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
’s 12th
annual VEX
Robotics World Championship
, presented by the Northrop Grumman
Foundation. The REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship is a
week-long event celebrating hands-on STEM learning. Held April 24 – 30
at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the world’s top teams gather to
compete in robotics competitions focused on creative design and problem

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The Competition

The REC Foundation’s VEX Competitions make up the largest and fastest
growing robotics engineering platform in the world consisting of the
following programs: the VEX IQ Challenge (Elementary & Middle School),
the VEX Robotics Competition (Middle School & High School) and VEX U
(College/University). 24,000 robotics teams from all 50 states and 60
countries compete in these programs on a local level throughout the
year. Out of this group, 1,650 teams qualify to attend the REC
Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship based on their success at
their state and regional championships.

“With the demand for STEM-related skills growing at such a fast pace,
competitions like this help spark student interest and excitement in
technology and pursuing high-tech careers,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the
REC Foundation.

In fact, a June 2018 study by The REC Foundation showed that nine out of
10 students express interest in pursuing STEM careers after
participating in the VEX Robotics Competition.

Mantz continued, “Each year during the world championship, I look around
at the diverse group of bright students gathered from around the world,
and realize I’m looking at the faces of the future of innovation. It’s
really astounding.”

This year, more than 25,000 people are expected to attend the

“Every day we’re focused on bringing hands-on STEM learning experiences
to students around the globe” said Tony Norman, Co-Founder and President
of VEX Robotics. “The VEX World Championship is the culmination of that
education, and seeing the excitement, passion and creativity of these
young students shows we have a bright future ahead.”

Girl Powered + #IamRemarkable

The REC Foundation and VEX Robotics also promote teamwork, collaboration
and diversity within the STEM community through programs such as Girl
. The Girl Powered initiative provides tools and resources to
students and mentors to promote female involvement in STEM and helps
create an environment where students’ confidence and abilities can

Google recently expanded its partnership with the REC Foundation, and at
the world championship event this year, Dr. Njema Frazier, nuclear
physicist for the Department of Energy, will introduce #IamRemarkable,
Google’s initiative empowering women and underrepresented groups, that
will now include high school girls.

“I was a high school student when I learned that I was especially
talented in math and science and what I thought was normal aptitude in
mathematics was, in fact, exceptional. It was that knowledge that gave
me the confidence to major in physics,” said Frazier. “That’s why
working with Google to announce the extension of the #IamRemarkable
campaign to high school girls during the REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics
World Championship is so meaningful. Females have an untapped genius to
apply in the STEM space, and yet we are underrepresented. I say, it’s
about time we changed that.”


The REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship is presented by the
Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other Global Sponsors who 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.

About the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
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
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.