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VEX Robotics World Championship Announce its Elementary and Middle School Winners

May 1, 2019 GMT

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 30, 2019--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, China
  • 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, California
  • 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 visit  http://www.vexworlds.com.

About the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
The 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
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.

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SOURCE: Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation

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