First Drive Forward Friday of 2024

We’re looking forward to the next few months being filled with so many great things.

Two things worth noting:

  1. The 2024 VEX Robotics World Championship is coming up fast! This is the largest robotics competition in the world and it’s happening April 25 – May 3, 2024, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX:
    • Event 1: April 25 – 27 – VRC HS
    • Event 2: April 28 – 30 – VRC MS / JROTC / VEX U
    • Event 3: May 1 – 3 – VIQRC ES & MS
  2. VEX CTE Workcell – we are now taking quotes. We’ve also added even more STEM labs in preparation for the Spring 2024 launch. Get a sneak peek and find out more today.

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Introducing the VEX AIM Coding Robot

We’re Going to TCEA – February 3 – 7 in Austin, TX 

What is VEX PD+?

Thought Stretchers Education Podcast 

Introducing the VEX AIM Coding Robot

We’re proud to introduce the VEX AIM Coding Robot! VEX AIM is a game-changer for middle school and high school classrooms, bringing computer science concepts to life with an immersive, hands-on learning experience. This robot features a color touch screen, agile omnidirectional drive, LED lights, and an AI vision sensor that detects objects and AprilTags. It can be coded with both blocks and Python using VEXcode.

With VEX AIM, the possibilities for lessons and activities are endless! This robot brings CS education off the screen and has the unique capability to kick, catch, and interact with balls and barrels. Its robot-to-robot communication feature encourages teamwork and interactive learning among students. A comprehensive Stem Labs line-up for your curriculum needs is included. Plus, at less than 3 inches tall, this compact robot easily fits into any computer science classroom!

Bringing CS to Life!

  • Teaching hands-on Computer Science
  • Designed for the CS classroom (middle & high school)
  • AI Vision Sensor detects objects and AprilTags
  • Comprehensive CS Curriculum
  • Introductory PD Course included. VEX PD+ is also available.

VEX AIM is coming late 2024. Stay tuned for further updates!

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We’re Going to TCEA – February 3 – 7 in Austin, TX 

The VEX Robotics team, along with the RECF, will be hitting the road to attend TCEA in Austin, TX. Stop by and say hello at booths 1217 and 1229 if you are in attendance at the Austin Convention Center. See what we are working on, like the new VEX AIM Coding Robot or VEX CTE Workcell, learn how to start robotics competitions in your school, and more. 

We will also be doing presentations within our booth and we would love to have you see one of our sessions:

Monday, Feb. 5

  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM: From Classroom to Competition with Raul Torres, RECF

Tuesday, Feb. 6

  • 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Grants for Starting Competition Teams with Blanca Stevens, RECF
  • 2:00 – 2:30 PM: Three Ways to Code with VEX 123 with Audra Selkowitz, VEX Robotics

Can’t attend but you want to access great topics like these on your own time? You should check out VEX PD+!

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What is VEX PD+?

Whether new to robotics or continuing your journey, VEX PD+ supports your path. It’s more than an online learning platform – it’s a community committed to pushing the reach of robotics education.

VEX PD+ provides continuous, personalized professional development throughout the year. Its adaptable learning platform allows you to tailor your professional education to suit your requirements, interests, and schedule.

And, if you become a VEX PD+ All-Access Subscriber you have access to:

VEX Robotics Educators Conference

This happens during VEX Robotics World Championships (April 29 – May 1), where you can not only get hands-on learning with your VEX PD+ Community – you can also see & experience VEX Robotics competitions in-person. 

1-On-1 Sessions – 

Video conferences where you can get privileged access to VEX Educator Experts. 

VEX Masterclasses –

These are targeted, in-depth training on an aspect of teaching with VEX Robotics.

Video Library –

We have hundreds of videos that cover the entire VEX Continuum. These can help you find the answers you’ve been searching for regarding teaching VEX, and even help to develop your own teaching practice.

Insights –

Spanning pedagogy to competitions and more – we are always updating our library of engaging articles.

Live Sessions –

These are thematic, expert led, hour long sessions that offer insights & inspiration.

Explore VEX PD+ today!

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Thought Stretchers Education Podcast

On January 17th, VEX Robotics VP of Global Educational Strategy, Jason McKenna, discussed STEM education and pedagogy with host Drew Perkins on the ThoughtStretchers Education podcast, titled: STEM, PBL, Guided Discovery Learning?

The ThoughtStretchers Education Podcast delivers thoughtful heterodox conversations to stretch your thinking about important issues in education. 

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