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VEX Robotics Australia 2018 Nationals

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The VEX Robotics Australia 2018 Nationals are taking place December 1st–2nd at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre, pitting the brightest minds from primary and high school student-led robotics teams against one another. Now in its 11th year, the VEX Robotics World Championship is the largest and fastest growing robotics program on earth.

VEX Robotics VRC (high school) and VIQC (primary school) Competitions will consist of 50 VRC teams and 25 VIQC teams competing in a series of back to back matches each vying for one of the five spots available to Australia to compete at VEX Worlds Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky USA, April 2019.

The annual championship consists of five individual programs that these student-led teams qualify for and compete in through a series of challenges catered to each program's age and skill level. World Champions will be crowned in five programs: the VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School World Championship, the VEX IQ Challenge Middle School World Championship, the VEX Robotics Competition Middle School World Championship, the VEX Robotics Competition High School World Championship, and the VEX U World Championship – the university-level program.

"There is an incredibly powerful shift that you will see in students when it comes to their interest and understanding of STEM subjects, through their involvement in VEX Robotics," said Tony Norman, President of VEX Robotics who provides educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams.

Opening ceremonies will occur on Saturday, December 1st at 9.00 am with an opening from the host of Channel Network 10 science show, SCOPE’S, new science guru, TV host, science wiz Lee Constable. Each week Scope explores themes from across the STEM spectrum, from robotics to sustainability to health to chemistry. In each episode the audience is inspired to get hands-on with DIY activities and gets to meets scientists and other experts who give an insight into their work.

Saturday will see a GirlPowered workshop in partnership with Ford Australia where female students will have the opportunity to connect and engage with industry female leaders from Ford.

“Ford Australia is delighted to partner with VEX on the GirlPowered workshop, which helps nurture talented young women so they can realise their full potential,” said Jessica Selvay, Innovation Lead of Ford Asia Pacific. “We’re proud to encourage and support young women through educational programs and workshops such as this, and hope that the students will find role models and leadership positions to aspire to in the industry,” added Linda Parkman, also with Ford Asia Pacific.

SMC Pneumatics will also be on site, showing how their pneumatic systems work in parallel with our VRC platform. Ford and SMC Pneumatics bring an awareness to students. "It’s experiences like this that prepare students with the skills necessary to meet the needs of tomorrow’s workforce." Dan Mantz, CEO and chairman of the board of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC) Foundation who co-organises the event. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work. For more information visit www.RoboticsEducation.org or for details on upcoming events visit www.RobotEvents.com.

Monash University’s Nova Rover Team, the first Australian student group in the Southern Hemisphere to qualify to compete in University Rover Challenge finals, will be showcasing Rovey, the Mars Rover, inspiring students to continue their robotics journey through University and beyond

Autodesk is an official partner with VEX Robotics and will be on site showcasing Product design and VEX Robotics kits and live training using Fusion 360 – a cloud-based 3D CAD/CAM tool that helps teams explore design ideas and create models for 3D printing and machining. Students can quickly modify robot designs, create assemblies, produce photorealistic renderings and fabricate the parts. Autodesk will also demonstrate 3D printing products using Fusion 360.

The event is presented by the REC Foundation and VEX Robotics, and is sponsored by
• SMC Pneumatics
• Ford Australia
• Monash University
• AutoDesk
• HEXBUG
• Robomatter
• Rack Solutions
• Innovation First International.

For more information visit http://www.vexrobotics.com.


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