Lakeside Middle School’s students from Function of Construction Team and Robo-Kings Team secured two awards at the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship 2021 that was recognized as the largest online robot championships record holder by Guinness World Records®.
During the live remote event, over 1,600 teams from 30 countries and 49 US states competed in timed robotics competition matches with their custom-built robots.
Function of Construction was awarded the Innovate Award. This award represents a team with a specific, unique engineering element that demonstrates creative “out of the box” thinking. The team members are Quazerrick Anderson, Jada Jones, Elijah Stanton, and Kayli Johnson.
Robo-Kings received the Judges Award. This award is presented to the team that deserves special recognition for special accomplishments. The team members are Eddie Emerson, Evan Emerson, and Christopher Nolen.
Lakeside’s VEX middle school teams consist of students in grades six through eight.
Jennifer Armstrong, the team’s advisor said, “The students never gave up this season regardless of what came their way. The students did what was necessary to practice and compete during the pandemic. My students were driven and determined to continue with VEX. Their commitment to the program has provided them skills that will last them a lifetime. The school district and the teams’ parents were a driving force behind the program. Without their support, our program wouldn’t be successful.”
To ensure the safety of its robotics community due to the pandemic, this unique event adapted to a virtual format. Typically, the annual VEX Robotics World Championship attracts more than 30,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 70 nations. The newly created Live Remote Tournament (LRT) and Live Remote Skills (LRS) interfaces leveraged interactive and real-time video streaming to unite teams from around the globe with their competition fields and robots to crown champions like never before.
“Taking home this award is a major milestone that demonstrates perseverance, creativity and sportsmanship which is the cornerstone of the competition,” said Dan Mantz, CEO of the REC Foundation. “We’re extremely proud of these winners along with all the dedicated competitors from around the world. The team’s commitment to achieving this award with the unwavering support of teachers, mentors, and parents make this moment very special.”
The REC Foundation’s Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship 2021 was presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Other global sponsors that support the program year-round and showcased during the event included: Autodesk, Dell, Google, MathWorks, Microchip, NASA, Tesla, Texas Instruments, and VEX Robotics.
About the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.
About VEX Robotics
VEX Robotics is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities, and robotics teams around the world. The VEX 123, GO, IQ, V5, V5 Workcell and VEXcode VR product lines span from elementary school all the way through college with accessible, scalable, and affordable robotics solutions. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among groups. It allows educators to customize projects to meet the level of students’ abilities as they inspire and prepare the STEM problem-solvers of tomorrow.