Robots — and the kids that made them — are taking over the world. Or, at the very least, the VEX Robotics YouTube channel.
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation is making its annual VEX Robotics World Championship virtual this year. Although the COVID-19 outbreak forced the organization to cancel this year’s in-person event, the REC Foundation will host the VEX Robotics Virtual World Celebration and the first Fantasy Robotics Tournament on Saturday, April 25 to honor its community of students, coaches, and volunteers. The virtual experience will take place on the VEX Robotics YouTube channel at 10 a.m. CT (VEX Robotics Competition Group) and 11:30 a.m. CT (VEX IQ Challenge Group).
All teams that qualified for the 2020 VEX Robotics World Championship are included in the simulated Fantasy Robotics Tournament. The winners of the tournament recognized during the VEX Virtual Worlds Celebration. Qualifying match schedules will be listed here.
“Although we had to cancel the 2020 VEX Robotics World Championship due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re still planning to bring the excitement of this event to our community,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation, in a press release. “The nearly 1 million students worldwide who participate in our competitions have worked hard this past season, and we’re excited to highlight their extraordinary achievements. We also can’t wait to unveil our new 2020/2021 VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics competition game.”
This event replaces the REC Foundation’s annual VEX Robotics World Championship, the world’s largest robotics competition, which attracts more than 25,000 attendees from all 50 states and 50 nations worldwide. During the live event, students in grades three through college compete with their custom-built robots in timed robotic matches.
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