Robots to compete in Alberta’s third regional VEX championship
Dozens of high school students from across the province will face off in Alberta’s third regional VEX Robotics Championship, hosted by NAIT.
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. This year, players will participate in the Toss Up challenge, the object of which is to get the highest score by putting coloured balls in a scoring position. Four teams will qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championship held April 23 to 26 in Anaheim, Calif.
WHERE: NAIT Main Campus
NAIT Gym (in Building E on attached map)
11762 106 St. NW
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
9:30 a.m.to 12 p.m. – Qualification rounds
12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Qualification rounds
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Elimination rounds
5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Awards presentation
WHO: Neil Wenger - NAIT Vex Regional Competition Coordinator
High school students from across the province
Neil Wenger (on-site during the competition)
NAIT Vex Regional Competition Coordinator
P 780.378.6940 C 780.554.4381 E firstname.lastname@example.org
NAIT Media Relations
P 780.471.8450 C 780.916.8307 E email@example.com
Robotics has become a popular method of teaching technical skills at the middle and high school level. Commonly structured as competitions, these programs encourage the design, assembly and programming of machines to achieve a particular objective. A LEGO based program is offered to younger students (up to 14 years old). A more challenging program – VEX Robotics Competition – is available for high school students. VEX is a Meccano-like system, consists of structural components, motors, sensors and a programmable controller.