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 Robotics 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. Robotics hobbyists also appreciate the advanced capabilities of the VEX System.
VEX Robotics Competitions are a lower cost alternative to FIRST that builds many of the same skills. VRC has kids build an 18″ x 18″ x 18″ competition robot. VEX does not have the same level of “wow” factor FIRST has, but it allows smaller groups of kids to build a robot and does not require as much mentor support. Also, VEX is a propriety system where all the parts come from the VEX Design System, whereas, FIRST requires fabrication of custom parts. Team 134 has been working very hard to provide the VEX experience to New England schools who do not have the resources to become involved with FRC.
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