Press release

VEX Robotics World Championship Announce its Elementary and Middle School Winners

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Today, The
Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
recognized the
VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC) Elementary & Middle School World Champions at
the VEX Robotics World Championship 2019. Teams from Indiana, Canada,
and China engaged in series of robotic engineering challenges over the
last four days to ultimately be crowned world champions. Students
persevered through exciting timed matches with their customized robots
as they competed with other teams from across the globe.

“Our World Champions worked through difficult challenges while
showcasing innovation, teamwork and creative problem-solving to achieve
the most coveted honor. They are truly role models of the robotics
community,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation. “Through STEM
education, we are shaping the learners of today into technology leaders
of tomorrow.”

Additionally, Sylvia Acevedo, CEO, Girls Scouts of the USA, was
recognized with the Inspiration All-Star Award within the REC
Foundation’s STEM Hall of Fame for her dedication to engage more girls
in STEM education by offering hands-on learning, resources and tools
along with reducing societal barriers to offer a more inclusive
environment. Her efforts are encouraging the next generation of girls to
pursue STEM interests.

“I am honored to receive this award, which only fuels my passion to
engage more girls in STEM education,” said Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of the
Girls Scouts. “Technology now transcends most industries making it a
critical time to inspire girls to pursue STEM activities while
establishing a more inclusive environment for learning. As a former
scientist, it’s a thrill to see more girls participating in the robotics
and STEM community.”

2019 World Champions include:


  • Woodview Elementary School (VEX IQ Challenge ES team 15294) in
    Nappanee, Indiana
  • Branch of Beijing Chen Jinglun Middle School (VEX IQ Challenge MS team
    27112) in Beijing, China


  • Shanghai Magic Robot (VEX IQ Challenge ES team 9666A) in Shanghai,
  • Youth Science & Technology Center of Beijing Xicheng (VEX IQ Challenge
    ES team 88299A) in Beijing, China
  • Inspire Charter School (VEX IQ Challenge MS team 127Z) in Costa Mesa,
  • Dr. X Academy (VEX IQ Challenge MS team 99900J) in Richmond Hill,
    Ontario, Canada


  • Shanghai Huishi Primary School (VEX IQ Challenge ES team 68686A) in
    Shanghai, China
  • Dr. X Academy (VEX IQ Challenge MS team 99900J) in Richmond Hill,
    Ontario, Canada

Over 30,000 people including more than 1,650 teams from 40 nations
gathered in Louisville, KY for the 12th annual VEX Robotics World
Championship. The four-day competition culminated with the unveiling of
the new game, 2019-20 VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away. 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

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.