VEX Worlds 2016 kicks off this week! Presented by the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation, this culminating event brings together the top 1,000 teams from around the world in one city and under one roof for one incredible celebration of robotics engineering, featuring the world’s largest and fastest growing international robotics programs – the VEX IQ Challenge, the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U. On April 20-23, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., over 16,000 participants from 37 nations will come together to put their engineering expertise to the test as they seek to be crowned the Champions of VEX Worlds.
The four Brentwood Academy teams earned the privilege to represent Tennessee after a year of local and regional competitions, culminating in the VEX State Competition earlier this year. On April 20, the entire student body gathered at 7:40 am to celebrate the teams’ success with a send-off pep rally in the upper school gymnasium.
Last year, two teams from Brentwood Academy competed at the VEX Worlds Competition with one of the teams winning the coveted Design Award.
Team coaches are Wendy Stallings, Chris Allen, and Cameron Clark. Coach Allen commented: “BA Robotics team members have spend thousands of hours since April of last year building, rebuilding, and refining their robots. Earning an entry into the World Championship is a huge honor. BA is sending three teams from high school and one team from middle school. We are very excited about their potential at the World Championship this year.”
Teams representing Brentwood Academy include:
TEAM 9364 State tournament champions and Programming Skills winners: (Noah Franks, Will Shipp, and Ross Kennedy)
TEAM 9364C State tournament finalists and Excellence Award winners: (Nathan Springman, Lilly Adams, and Jordan Wildman)
TEAM 9364E State tournament finalists and Robot Skills winners: (Hank Roberson, Brock Powell, and Jon Mason Billington)
Team 9364F State tournament champions, Middle School Judges Award winners, and MS Excellence Award winners: (Spencer Guy, Patrick Melton, and Matthew Lambreth)
Annually, the REC Foundation presents a series of robotics engineering programs that engage students from elementary school through college in classrooms and at after-school competitions around the world in hands-on technology challenges that build their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students around the globe have spent countless hours designing, building, programming and competing at more than 1,350 local, state, and regional competition events. Of the 16,000 VEX teams, the best 1,000 teams qualified to advance to Louisville, Kentucky to strategize and challenge each other playing the current 2015-2016 season games: VEX IQ Challenge Bank Shot and VEX Robotics Competition Nothing But Net.
“It’s thrilling to see students from around the world ranging from elementary school through college gathered in one city and at one venue to celebrate their accomplishments and compete with their student-engineered robots,” said Jason Morrella, president of the REC Foundation. “These VEX programs continue to grow at an amazing rate, demonstrating our ability to provide students with a hands-on robotics engineering experience that is both challenging and sustainable to foster their interest in STEM and set them on a course to become our future problem-solvers and visionaries.”
At the close of VEX Worlds 2016 on Saturday, April 23, teams will be invited to Kentucky Kingdom, a stunning amusement park just steps from the venue, for a private party featuring new rides, themed attractions, and plenty of dining options!
VEX Worlds is FREE and open to the public with fun activities for the whole family! Spectators are welcome and encouraged to watch matches, attend ceremonies, and visit with teams in the pit area as they strategize and prepare their robots for competition.
Sponsors of VEX Worlds 2016 include the Northrop Grumman Foundation, Autodesk, Chevron, EMC Corporation, Harris Corporation, NASA, Texas Instruments, HEXBUG, Rack Solutions and Innovation First International.
Fans can follow the competition and sign up for real-time competition news and results via livewebcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube updates. Real time tournament results are also available through “VEX via” – an iPhone and Android compatible app, which provides match schedules, rankings and scores. For more information visit Robotics Education website.