Nineteen teams from several parts of the country like Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska participated in the Vex Robotics Contest, held at Mountain Crest High School. The objective of the game was to put plastic rings on poles. The teams remotely controlled their robots from the side of the obstacle-filled arena.
The robots developed by the teams are part of the education program of Vex Robotics. The robotic components, programming ability and funding for the contest are contributed by the company. Students who are enrolled under the program must display their creativity and passion to win the contest.
The winning teams will be qualified for the World Vex Robotics Contest, scheduled to be held at Disney World between April 14 and 16. The Vex Robotics Program focuses on encouraging students to take up careers in technical and science fields.
Wade Goodrich, a Utah State University Professor and Head Judge for the Robotic Competition, has stated that the Vex Robotics Contest inspires students to develop an interest in engineering and science subjects. He mentioned that they are trying to support students to easily approach these areas. He added that in the future more engineers are required to resolve national and international problems.