From Wednesday, 19-Apr through Saturday, 22-Apr, The Super Sonic Sparks Team 24B will be competing at the Vex VRC High School World Championships in Louisville, KY. Team captain Kayley Kiesel will be competing for the Sparks for the last time against a field of 564 teams.
During the qualifying rounds, Kayley will be competing against nearly 100 teams in the Engineering Division. On Saturday, the top teams from that division will face off for the title of Division Champion. Late on Saturday afternoon, the Engineering Division Champion will then face off against the champions from five other divisions for the title of World Champion.
You can follow all of the results and view a live stream of the event here: https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/RE-VRC-17-4887.html
In addition to the action on the field, the World Championship also gives the competitors and mentors the opportunity to meet STEM professionals from around the world, and meet with admissions representatives from colleges and universities from all over the United States. There are various exhibits and booths, too.
On Friday night, Vex has announced they will be unveiling at least one significant new product. For years, there have been rumors that there are plans to replace their old, but reliable, Cortex – the “brain” of the VRC robots. Perhaps this year is _the_ year!?!
During the finals on Saturday, Vex will also unveil the new game for the 2017-2018 competitive season. It’s an event every VRC competitor looks forward to each year. We’ll be watching with great interest…