The biggest robotics competition event has officially awarded Arrowhead Robotics as their first-ever champion for the Vex Robotics Virtual World Skills tournament.
Garnering the highest recorded IQ squared away score for the 2019 to 2020 season for the Elementary Division, they battled against more than 5,600 teams across the globe. The annual event is acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as they held the contest proper virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Virtually presented by the Robotics Education and Completion Foundation (REC) on the 25th of April 2020, all tournament categories in the Fantasy Robotics and the VEX Robotics Celebration were internationally broadcasted in the official YouTube channel of the VEX Robotics.
The middle and high school division’s competition for VEX Robotics was held first at 11PM HKT while the challenge for the VEX IQ for elementary and middle school students was held the next day, 26th of April, 2020 at 12:30AM where Arrowhead Robotics won. The Filipino team is composed of 4 young students from De La Salle Zobel School in Alabang, Muntinlupa. They are the following:
- Enrique Alonso M. Pioquinto
- Gian Nicolas Q. Casimiro
- Bianca Nicole Q. Casimiro
- Jose Antonio S. Hernandez
As mentioned, the REC Foundation’s cancellation of a location-based event for this year was caused by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), stay-at-home orders, and countrywide lockdowns that are being implemented all over the world.
However, the week-long learning and showcasing of STEM and integrated Robotics skills have been moved into the digital space conveniently. Each competition will be using digitally customized robots for every match at a specified time.
Dan Mantz, REC Foundation’s Chief Executive Offer (CEO), has led the efforts into this milestone in the field of science and technology among the company executives, instructors, students, and throughout the community.
This historical event has brought almost a million number of learners & enthusiasts together worldwide who adequately prepared to ace the competition must be rewarded. It will highlight the total achievements of these smart & resourceful students to bring hope to the world despite the public health emergency.
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Furthermore, the virtual event has been successfully fulfilled by the several foundations and companies such as the Northrop Grumman, as the main sponsor for this year, with Google, Autodesk, Rack Solutions, Dell, HEXBUG, Tesla, IFI NASA, and Robomatter.
Other institutions in the field of the technology industry have also pledged to fund the competition such as Toyota, MathWorks, Nordson, Texas Instruments, TVA, UPS, and Microchip. The event has been broadcasted live in 50 nations and 50 states.
Highlighted by its CEO, the REC Foundation upholds its mission to empower the technical skills and profitable interest of each student in the field of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. They will create ways to engage students for affordable, sustainable, and hands-on robotics program through course offerings in some of their partner schools, colleges, and universities all over the world.
VEX Robotics remains as the top provider of world-class robotics items pioneering educational methods among elementary, middle school, high school, and college students with scalable and accessible solutions for their robotics learning. Beyond their branded principles on engineering and applied science, the company aims to meet the needs and abilities of each student to prepare and inspire them as problem solvers of tomorrow’s solution for STEM.