Raynes Park Robotics in VEX UK Final

Following the disappointment of coming first equal in the regional heats of the VEX Robotics Championship and narrowly losing based on a count back, the Year 7 team of four has now been given a wild card into the National Championships on the 11th March.

VEX Robotics is the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics programme for schools around the world, with more than 12,000 teams from 30 countries that participate in more than 1000 competitions worldwide.  The competition season culminates each Spring, with the highly-anticipated VEX Robotics Competition World Championship presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and the REC Foundation, which unites top qualifying teams from all of the worldwide  VEX Robotics Competitions. The winning teams competing in the UK Nationals will be given an amazing opportunity to attend the VEX Robotics World Championships 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky in April this year.

Mr Alex Pull, Head of DT at Raynes Park High School explains how excited they are to take the team to the UK Nationals, "Our team of four Year 7 boys has spent months perfecting their robot and I am delighted that their  innovation, inspiration, skill and hard work has been rewarded with a place in the National Final. They already have their sights set on reaching the World Championships in the USA."

Paul McKnight, VEX Robotics Head of Operations comments ‘The VEX platform is becoming an extremely important part of UK classrooms as it gives children a strong and hands on understanding of STEM subjects through the free curriculum and the exciting extra-curricular competition. These are areas in which UK schools are currently focusing on due to the large skills shortages and one of the reasons why National Grid have continued their sponsorship of the programme

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