Created in 2007, the competition is actually one of the largest middle and high school robotics programs in the world. The VEX competition draws more than 2,500 participants from across the globe to play in over 200 tournaments every year, and offers young people the opportunity to learn more about robotics.
The World Championship being held next week is actually the last event of the season, and is expected to draw plenty of interest. In fact, event organizers have estimated that close to 600 teams are expected to arrive, with as many as 4,000 people in attendance.
The event coincides with National Robotics Week,
Engineering teacher Matt Conroy appreciates the scope – and attention – the Championship is getting. “It’s a big deal. The kids are excited about it. ESPN Wide World of Sports is giving academics the same recognition as athletics,” said the instructor from Palm Bay High School in Melbourne, Florida.