VEX Provincial Championships
Canadian Students Show off STREAM Skills at Local VEX Provincial Championships
Over the next two months, student teams from across Canada will compete in the VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics Competition Provincial Championships in hopes of qualifying for the VEX Robotics World Championship, the largest robotics competition in the world. For the past 11 years, VEX Robotics has encouraged students to challenge themselves in the fields of science, technology, robotics, engineering and math, through the fun of hands-on applied learning and critical thinking.
"Every year, we design a different engineering challenge that students play in the form of a game," says Grant Cox, Global Competition Manager for VEX Robotics. "The participating student teams must design and program their own robots in hopes of winning the challenge. Competitive robotics is a really exciting way for kids to learn how to collaborate and solve problems through designing and programming. VEX Robotics and VEX IQ students begin with a hobby and end up with critical learning skills that will benefit and shape their future education, teamwork skills and career paths."
The number of schools in Canada that are supporting VEX programs is increasing year over year, as more young students prove to be motivated through applied-learning using robotics. Increasing their proficiency in STREAM subjects, participants learn the fundamentals of engineering and computer science through building and programming robots in a team environment, with the help of teachers and mentors. In addition to hardware kits, VEX offers a variety of classroom curriculum options, teacher training tools and programming software that is included free with every kit.
The teams that qualify will earn their right to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky from April 25-28, 2018. More than 25,000 students on over 1,600 competition teams from 40 different countries are expected to compete.
It is no secret that in the robotics community, Canada is known for producing world champions. Team 555A Gladiators from KraftWerx in Brampton, Ontario were the VEX IQ Challenge Middle School World Champions at the VEX Robotics World Championship in 2017. That same year, Team 1404B Shocks from Toronto placed second in the world, leading the VEX Robotics Competition High School World Finalists Alliance. These are only two examples of the many awards young Canadians won at last year's competition.
VEX IQ Challenge Provincial Championship
Ontario – March 3, 2018
VEX Robotics Provincial Championship
Alberta - February 19, 2018
Ontario - February 24, 2018
British Columbia - March 2-3, 2018
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ABOUT VEX ROBOTICS
VEX Robotics is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams around the world. Their 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.