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NNU to host Idaho VEX Robotics Competition State Championship

February 19, 2019

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The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation is pleased to announce the Idaho VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) State Championship to be held at Northwest Nazarene University on February 22. Sponsored locally by The House of Design, the event is expected to host 32 teams of middle and high school students competing in robotics matches.

“It is wonderful to have some of the brightest STEM students from high schools across the state of Idaho come to campus and participate in this competition,” said Dr. Dale Hamilton. “Not only do we get to see them in action, but we are able to interact with them and their parents about what is happening in the Computer Science and Engineering departments and the opportunities we have here.”

Competing in the 2018-19 VRC game, Turning Point, teams from around the state will drive the robots they designed, built and programmed using VEX EDR. Turning Point is played by retrieving caps across the field and placing them appropriately on the playing field, in addition to toggling flags on the field either with the robot or with balls launched by the robot. Qualifying teams from the Idaho VRC State Championship will attend the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24-27, 2019.

“The VEX Robotics Competition is a great opportunity for students to practice teamwork, interpersonal skills, communication and technical writing, along with STEM skills,” added Dr. Barry Myers.

The Idaho State Championship is one of a series of VEX IQ Challenges and VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year. The VEX Competitions are among the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics programs for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world—now approaching 20,000 teams in over 45 countries participating in more than 1,500 events. The competition season culminates each spring with the VEX Robotics World Championship, a highly-anticipated event presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the REC Foundation.

For details on additional upcoming events, please visit www.RobotEvents.com, a resource for teams and event partners to register and share updates from their robotics competitions. For more information about the REC Foundation, please visit www.RoboticsEducation.org.

The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. Its goal is to provide these programs with services, solutions, and a community that allows them to flourish in a way that fosters the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for students to succeed in the 21st Century. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the nonprofit community to achieve this work so that one day these programs will become accessible to all students and all schools in all communities.