What is Vex Robotics?
VEX Robotics prepares students for the jobs of tomorrow and empowers educators with the tools to teach these sought-after 21st century skills. As the name suggests, VEX Robotics is an educational robotics program to teach robotics and computer science to primary students all the way through to high school and university students. Students work collaboratively in teams to solve problems while developing respect and conflict management skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills. Students can then take their VEX Robotics’ creation to competitions, where they showcase their skills. This is where the fun starts and the real-world learning begins! Students work collaboratively, in teams, using VEX Robotics components, to solve an engineering problem, which is presented in a form of a game. Through competition, students hone their problem-solving skills and develop respect for other teams/students through conflict management and communication skills.Buy Now
The World Economic Forum estimates that by 2025, company adoption of technology will transform tasks, jobs, and skills. As the job market evolves with automation, it is estimated 97 million new jobs will be created through a “robot revolution”, in large part due to the pandemic. The manufacturing industry alone is projected to consist of an equal amount of human versus machine production to reduce impact of displaced workers and improve production efficiency at the same time. This is more than a 50% increase in the rate of automation over the next four years, which will require a skilled workforce. Developing 21st Century Skills to meet this demand is what VEX Robotics is all about! Starting at a young age, VEX Robotics kits & competitions build student confidence in learning as well as interest in STEM programs and careers, such as engineering and computer programming. It inspires students to innovate and creatively solve problems while developing the skills necessary to be successful in their future careers.
VEX Robotics has a full continuum of programs from kindergarten to Grade 12 and beyond and makes it seamless to transition between each product. Tied in with the successful VEXcode programming software makes programming the robots accessible to students and educators regardless of their programming experience. VEX Robotics provides everything you need to implement and run a successful robotics and coding program in the classroom or virtually including:
Why Teach Coding / Programming?
Coding literacy is becoming increasingly necessary. It is one of the most popular and in-demand jobs in the world right now and we are seeing students navigating towards this career path. Learning how to code is all about logical thinking to create a set of instructions. This can be done using block-based coding in a drag-and-drop learning environment to create those instructions. And yes, this is considered coding: block coding is just as powerful as text-based coding. Easy, right? It can also be less intimidating if students use technological products, such as a robot, that allows students to experience firsthand the effects of their code. This can be very useful to teach computational thinking, and help younger students realize the great power of those skills. These products provide hands-on learning experiences to engage students into writing programs or learn about topics such as artificial intelligence.
Did you know that computer science education has been linked with higher rates of college enrolment and improved problem-solving abilities?