VEX Robotics Competition Coming to Louisville in 2015

September 4, 2014

2015 VEX Robotics World Championship to take place
in Louisville April 15-18

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation today announced that the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship will take place on April 15-18, 2015 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

This intense four-day annual robotics-engineering tournament will attract more than 800 teams and 15,000 students from over 25 countries to celebrate their accomplishments and further inspire their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

"The VEX Robotics World Championship has grown significantly in the past few years and we are excited to move the event to the Kentucky Exposition Center, where the larger venue and new amenities will provide an incredible world class experience to the students, teachers, mentors, and parents who join us each year," said Jason Morrella, president, REC Foundation.
"We look forward to exploring the greater Louisville area and welcoming hundreds of VEX Robotics teams in April."

"We've expanded our support for VEX Robotics not only due to the energy and excitement that each student who is part of this program shows, but also because of the dedication of the leadership team and their commitment to increasing student interest in STEM," said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. "As more and more students get a chance to experience VEX Robotics, we make progress in our efforts to expand global interest in STEM."

"When we talk to high tech businesses, either currently in our city or businesses thinking about moving here, one of the first questions they ask is how talented is our workforce, Mayor Greg Fischer said. "The VEX Robotics World Championship is exactly the type of competition and activity businesses want to hear about. It will be exciting to host these highly-skilled, high energy young people in our city."

Over the past year, the expanded partnership with the Northrop Grumman Foundation positioned the REC Foundation to respond to growing demand in communities in the U.S. and around the world with support for competition events and new team grants. With significant support from organizations like the Northrop Grumman Foundation and growing interest from students across the U.S. and internationally, the REC Foundation continues to experience 30% annual team growth.

In order to keep up with growing demand, the REC Foundation secured the Kentucky Exposition Center, which offers 1.2 million square feet, two attached arenas, an adjoining amusement park, proximity to the airport and a variety of local attractions.

"Louisville has many unique experiences to offer students and their families," said Karen Williams, president & CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. "From the Muhammad Ali Center to Louisville Slugger to the Kentucky Derby Museum, this city embraces the spirit of competition and the importance of education. This competition will bring an estimated $5 million in economic impact but it will also draw young bright minds to see what current and future possibilities exist in our great city."

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, Northrop Grumman Foundation Announce New Dates & Location for 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship.