You can look forward to 200 new VEX Robotics Competition teams in locations worldwide thanks to a newfound partnership between the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation. This alliance will also support program outreach and the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship to be held April 17th to 20th in Anaheim, Calif. The competition attracts more than 700 teams and 15,000 students for three days of robotics engineering competition.
“Our partnership with the Northrop Grumman Foundation illustrates our shared objective to advance student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] through accessible hands-on robotics engineering programs,” said REC Foundation President Jason Morrella. “We are grateful to the Northrop Grumman Foundation for its support and commitment to STEM, and we look forward to expanding our reach to students and schools in need across the United States and internationally.”
The competition, managed by the REC Foundation, is the largest middle and high school robotics program in the world. It’s set to have more than 85,000 students during the 2012-2013 season. The REC Foundation is on target to increase by 30 percent with an increase of 7,000 teams, and its partnership with Northrop Grumman will allow it to respond to growing demand in national and international communities through support for operational growth, events, and new team grants.
“We’re delighted with the continued growth of this program,” said Northrop Grumman Foundation President, Sandra Evers-Manly. “The competitions are fun and challenging, and they are generating increasing interest in STEM with our young people, which is our goal.”