COSAM News Articles 2019 May Auburn University at VEX Robotics World Championship

Auburn University at VEX Robotics World Championship

Published: 05/14/2019

By: Mary Lou Ewald

Over 30,000 people including more than 1,650 teams from 40 nations gathered in Louisville, Kentucky from April 24-30 for the 12th annual VEX Robotics World Championship. “Throughout the competition, the student’s boundless enthusiasm and strong work ethic culminated with heart-pounding final matches that truly showcases the extraordinary talent of our champions,” said Tony Norman, Co-founder and President of VEX Robotics. “This week, the excitement of our robotics community will create the problem solvers and innovators of tomorrow.”

Students from Auburn University fielded the first-ever VEX-U robotics team at the World Championship and competed against 77 other university teams from 10 countries. The “Aubie1” team is sponsored by the Southeastern Center of Robotics Education (SCORE), an outreach division in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.  The five team members included Hunter Terry, Dj Smith, Omar Zuaiter, Kate Kramer, and Nathan Tolbert, all of whom were excited to advance into their division finals, a great achievement for a first-year team.

The REC Foundation’s VEX Robotics World Championship is presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation along with other global sponsors that support the program year-round and at the world championship include: Autodesk, Dell, Google, HEXBUG, IFI NASA, Rack Solutions, Robomatter, Tesla, Texas Instruments, Toyota, TVA, VEX Robotics, MathWorks, Microchip, UPS, Nordson, Nissan, Robot Mesh, Advanced Manufacturing and Logistic Network, Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, Maker Mobile, Inc., TATA consulting, and ZEON. For more information, please visit


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