Ventura County schools and students have long been ready for a local robotics event. Realizing this, Public and private Ventura County middle and high schools were provided a unique opportunity to bring robotics education programs to their students with no up-front equipment costs.
During the first year of competition, VCOE and the REC Foundation provided VEX Robotics Classroom and Competition Super Kit grants to 30 schools to launch the program in Ventura County.
The VEX Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities that span science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups. It also allows educators to easily customize projects to meet the students’ skill level.
The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the ultimate STEM activity for middle school and high school students (ages 11-18).
Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and Skills Challenges. In addition to having a great time and building amazing robots, through their participation in the VEX Robotics Competition and their work within their team, students will learn many academic and life skills.