Monday, November 26th, 2018 - VEX Robotics

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and VEX Robotics are proud to announce the VEX Robotics Australia 2018 Nationals taking place December 1-2, 2018 at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. This event will host the brightest minds from primary school and high schools for a massive competition that celebrates STEM education, collaboration, hard work and the dedication of these student-led robotics teams.

The event is presented by the REC Foundation and VEX Robotics, and is sponsored by

  • SMC Pneumatics
  • Ford Australia
  • Monash University
  • AutoDesk
  • Robomatter
  • Rack Solutions, and
  • Innovation First International

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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. Five Australian winners will then have the opportunity to compete at VEX Worlds Championships held in Louisville, Kentucky USA, April 2019.

"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.

"Not only are these students improving their STEM aptitude and developing computer science skills through programming, but through VEX Competitions, they are learning about different cultures and countries of origin, and they must find ways to problem solve and work together to achieve the greatest possible success. As a result, these students walk away having had a far richer, life-changing experience." 

Opening ceremonies will take place on Saturday, December 1 at 9:00AM, led by science wiz Lee Constable, host of Network 10 science show SCOPE*.  

The GirlPowered workshop takes place on Saturday, in partnership with Ford Australia.  At this event, female students will have the opportunity to connect and engage with female industry leaders from Ford.  The aim is to give students a better understanding of the opportunities in real world industry that result from their interest and success within their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math studies.

“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.

Innovation Lead Linda Parkman added: “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.” 

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," said Dan Mantz, CEO and chairman of the board of the REC Foundation.

Monash University’s Nova Rover Team, the first Australian student group in the Southern Hemisphere to ever 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 across globe to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields. Autodesk will showcase product design and VEX Robotics kits 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.

* Notes on 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. Lee loves engaging young people in STEM and puts her science background to good use to make the show accessible and entertaining for her young audience. 

About VEX Worlds

Now in its 11th year, the VEX Robotics World Championship is the largest and fastest growing robotics program on earth. 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 the following 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.

"The VEX Robotics World Championship is a thrilling experience for everyone involved, from students competing to teachers, mentors, volunteers and spectators. Year-over-year we continue to see students from around the world raise the bar not only in their STEM capabilities, but also their teamwork and energy during the competition," said Dan Mantz, CEO and chairman of the board of the REC Foundation.

About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. 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, please visit or for details on upcoming events, please visit

About VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics is a leading provider of educational and competitive robotics products to schools, universities and robotics teams around the world. Their VEX IQ and VEX EDR product lines span elementary, middle, and high schools 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 easily customize projects to meet the level of students' abilities as they inspire & prepare the STEM problem-solvers of tomorrow.


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This event will host the brightest minds from primary schools and high schools for a massive competition that celebrates STEM education. Taking place December 1-2, 2018 at the MCEC, Melbourne.



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