The VEX Robotics Design System offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These are just a few of the many fields students can explore by creating with VEX technology. 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 level of students' abilities. The affordable VEX platform is expanding rapidly and is now found in middle schools, high schools and university labs around the globe. Curricula based on VEX are currently available from respected education specialists Intelitek, Carnegie Mellon University and Autodesk.
The heart of the VEX Robotics Design System is a programmable robot microcontroller. Motors, servos and sensors plug easily into the VEX brain. A system of structural metal and fasteners allow builders to quickly prototype a variety of robot designs and mechanisms. A large selection of gears, wheels, chain, sprockets and tank treads allow endless combinations to propel robots and manipulators. Through easy default programs or a choice of C-language based software programs, designers can quickly and easily write code to command their robot creations to do their bidding. With over 180 items in the assortment, VEX is one of the most extensive and comprehensive educational robotics platforms available today. Winner of the International Consumer Electronics Show Best of Innovations Award, the platform was developed by Innovation First, Inc. More information is available at http://www.vexrobotics.com.
As a supplement to daytime classroom programs, the VEX Robotics Competition offers students a highly creative and competitive extracurricular activity to test their robotics skills. In 2009, over 1,300 teams from 14 countries competed in over 100 events culminating in the VEX Robotics World Championship event at the Dallas Convention Center. More information is available at http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition.