Thirty-six teams of students travelled to London with their robotic creations, ready to challenge one another at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair at ExCel London on 15-16 March. The competition required the teams to outscore each other in the Sack Attack game, which was developed by Innovation First International, maker of the Hexbug toys.
After three days of competition, three teams were awarded the opportunity to represent the country as official UK ambassadors at the 2013 Vex World Championships in California. Two of the winning teams are from East Barnet School in East Barnet, London, and one team is from Great Sankey High School in Warrington, Cheshire.
Debuting in the United States in 2005, VEX Competitions have become the largest and fastest-growing high school robotics competitions in the world. Innovation First hopes to use its VEX Robotics Competitions as a catalyst to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Now in its second year in the UK, Vex Robotics has seen a 300% growth rate in teams from the UK. Seven UK regional competitions took place throughout the competition season for teams to qualify for the National Championships.
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