Kids from all over the world meet to compete at this famous robotics competition. | Source: VEX Worlds

Take a byte out of an upcoming event at the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC)’s VEX Robotics World Championship. This competition is in its 15th year as the world’s largest robotics competition with more than 28,000 attendees from 35 nations. The REC Foundation provides hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs to increase student participation in STEM.

Student’s robots will compete in timed matches with last-minute adjustments racer-style. | Source: VEX Worlds

This year, the competition takes place between May 3-12. This event will be the first in-person competition in two years. Student-led teams ranging from elementary to university age groups will showcase their game strategy, design, and teamwork at this global competition. Their robots will compete in timed matches, with last-minute adjustments in race car-esque pits. 

The REC Foundation’s VEX competitions consist of the biggest robotics engineering platform in the world. | Source: VEX Worlds

Kids can get involved in this competition by participating in the foundation’s local programs. The REC Foundation’s VEX competitions consist of the biggest robotics engineering platform in the world, and offer various levels of local programs: the VEX IQ Challenge for elementary and middle school level students, the VEX Robotics Competition for middle and high school level students, and VEX U for university level students.

Students compete year-round to attend this event in the hopes of being crowned champions. | Source: VEX Worlds

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More than 20,500 robotics teams from 49 states and 47 countries compete in these programs on a local level throughout the year. Out of this group, 3,000 teams qualify to attend the REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship based on their accomplishments at the state and regional championships. Students compete year-round to attend this event with the goal of being crowned champions. 

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Annabelle Canela

Annabelle Canela

Annabelle Canela is an editorial assistant at The Pop Insider, The Toy Insider, and The Toy Book. When she’s not writing about her favorite toys and fandoms, she loves creating poetry, taking her puppy to the park, and chefing up new creations in her Brooklyn kitchen. You can usually catch her reading Spider-Man comic books on the subway or eating dim sum in Chinatown. This New York City native has traveled all over the Caribbean, including to her family’s home country of Dominican Republic. Naturally, she does it all por mi gente.