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On Monday, Explore St. Louis and several Greater St. Louis, Inc. investors teamed up to welcome representatives from the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC), who are considering St. Louis as the host city for their World Championships from 2026 to 2029.
The setting – Three Sixty Rooftop Bar, overlooking downtown St. Louis and the Gateway Arch – was ideal for a conversation about building future leaders through this global competition, which welcomes 31,000 student competitors from 53 countries every year. The rich dialogue between St. Louis corporate leaders and REC representatives sets the stage for an amazing collaboration should REC select St. Louis as its host city.
The REC Foundation’s VEX family of robotics programs for elementary school through college students includes 1.1 million students in 70 countries. These engaging programs offer a direct response to workforce and industry needs with participants more likely to consider studying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) beyond high school.
The REC Foundation’s VEX Competitions make up the largest and fastest growing robotics engineering platform consisting of the following programs: the VEX IQ Competition (Elementary & Middle School), the VEX Robotics Competition (Middle School & High School) and VEX U (College/University).
This past season we reached more than 100,000 students at more than 2,600 events around the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation works in close partnership with VEX Robotics, Inc., creator of the robotics kits and educational tools used by students, educators and mentors. Each year, the two organizations unveil new engineering game challenges for the VEX IQ Challenge and the VEX Robotics Competition.
The REC Foundation operates RobotEvents.com to help support robotics and other STEM activities that aim to inspire and motivate students. RobotEvents.com is a community website that provides event promotion and professional online registration for STEM events. The site helps the two main groups who make all of these programs possible: teams (schools, students, teachers, mentors, parents) and event organizers (local groups and volunteers).