STEM Hall of Fame

STEM Hall of Fame

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary 2015

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Team #
15A
Team 10656
Team and School
Crescent Crazy Stackers, Crescent Elementary School
Hongkou NO.4 PSch A, Shanghai Hongkou NO.4 Central Primary School
Location
California, USA
China
Inducted
2015

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary 2015

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Team #
Team 10586A
Team and School
xiutian PS team 1, Nanning Xiutian Primary school
Location
Inducted
2015

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary 2015

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Team #
Team 15A
Team and School
Crescent Crazy Stackers, Crescent Elementary School
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2015

World Champions VEX U 2015

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Team #
Team QCC2
Team and School
Blue Rooster Robotics, Quinsigamond Community College
Location
Massachusetts, USA
Inducted
2015

World Champions VEX U 2015

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Team #
Team AURA
Team and School
Auckland University Robotics, Auckland University Robotics Association
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2015

Chevron Corporation Partner of the Year

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Website: www.chevron.com | Inducted: 2013

Powers

One of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Chevron's vision is to be the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership, and performance.  Chevron headquarters are located in California, USA.

Wisdom

"Chevron seeks to advance student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through partnerships like the one we have established with the REC Foundation," said Janet Auer, Chevron, Inc. "By offering students and teachers access to a curriculum-based robotics program, we provide a fun educational opportunity that will prepare students for their future.

World Champions VEX U 2015

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Team #
Team AURA
Team and School
Auckland University Robotics, Auckland University Robotics Association
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2015

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2011

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Team #
5434
8192B
8192C
Team and School
Primary School, Sichuan Chengdu Longjian
Team B, Shanghai Luwan Teenagers Activity Center
Team C, Shanghai Luwan Teenagers Activity Center
Location
Sichuan Province, China
Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China
Inducted
2011

Northrop Grumman Corporation Partner of the Year

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Website: www.northropgrumman.com | Inducted: 2012

Powers

A leader in global security technology, Northrop Grumman's vision is to be the most trusted provider of systems and technologies that ensure the security and freedom of our national and our allies. Corporate headquarters are in Virginia, USA.

Wisdom

"We're delighted with the continued growth of this program. The competitions are fun and challenging, and they are generating increasing interest in STEM with our young people, which is our goal." -- Sandra Evers-Manly, President, Northrop Grumman Foundation

Create Foundation Partner of the Year

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Website: www.create-found.org | Inducted: 2011

Powers

The Create Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of inspiring and preparing the young people of today to become the engineers and scientists of tomorrow. The Foundation is headquartered in Nebraska, USA.

Wisdom

The CREATE Foundation's goal is to inspire and prepare the youth of today to become the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.  The REC Foundation is a great partner in helping us fulfill that mission.

NASA Partner of the Year

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Website: www.nasa.gov | Inducted: 2010

Powers

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the agency of the U.S. government responsible for the nation's civilian space program as well as for aeronautics and aerospace research.  NASA headquarters are in Washington, D.C.

Wisdom

NASA partners with a variety of programs, and with the REC Foundation in particular, because as an organization NASA believes in their fundamental message and ethos - which is to get more and more kids excited about science, technology and engineering. We want them to have the inspiration, the motivation and mostly the experience of working with robotics.

EMC Corporation Partner of the Year

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Website: www.emc.com | Inducted: 2009

Powers

EMC Corporation is a leading provider of products and services that enable businesses to store, manage, protect, and analyze data.  The company is regularly counted among the world's "most admired" computer companies and "top 100 global innovators". EMC Corporation headquarters are located in Massachusetts, USA.

Wisdom

"EMC values the importance of advancing STEM education in the communities where our employees live and work," said Jessica Anderson, Director of Community Involvement, EMC Corporation. "Our long-standing partnership with the REC Foundation enables us to provide valuable robotics programs to students in locations across the U.S. and internationally."

Autodesk Partner of the Year

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Website: www.autodesk.com/education/home | Inducted: 2008

Powers

"Autodesk is committed to helping students imagine, design and create a better world. In partnership with the VEX Robotics Competition, we've enabled students around the globe to do just that by providing them with curriculum resources, software licenses, and learning tools to advance their understanding and proficiency in robotics engineering," said John Helfen, Program Manager, Autodesk, Inc.

Wisdom

"Autodesk is committed to helping students imagine, design and create a better world. In partnership with the VEX Robotics Competition, we've enabled students around the globe to do just that by providing them with curriculum resources, software licenses, and learning tools to advance their understanding and proficiency in robotics engineering," said John Helfen, Program Manager, Autodesk, Inc.

Northrop Grumman Partner of the Year

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Website: www.northropgrumman.com | Inducted: 2018

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Wisdom

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Partner of the Year

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Website: www.pltw.org | Inducted: 2014

Powers

Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for students in grades K-12. Through world-class curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the global economy.

Wisdom

“PLTW and the REC Foundation share a vision of inspiring student interest in STEM through hands-on, engaging experiences,” said Dr. Andrea Croslyn, PLTW Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer. “Our partnership highlights the value of pairing PLTW’s challenging curricular programs with the REC Foundation’s exciting robotics competitions. Students are not only learning, they’re having fun, and that’s exciting.”

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX U 2013

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Team #
Team and School
TCAN1, Universidad Tecnologica De Cancun
Location
Cancun, Mexico
Inducted
2013

Rocky Mountain Pi-rates Team Excellence

Division: VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary

Stats

Team(s)
39 | Rocky Mountain Pi-rates
Organization
Friends School
Location
Colorado, USA
Inducted
2013

Gears and Geeks Team Excellence

Division: VEX IQ Challenge, MS

Stats

Team(s)
30 | Gears and Geeks
Organization
Newhart Middle School
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2013

E-Bots Pilons Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, HS

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Team(s)
5225A | E-Bots
Organization
Multiple
Location
Ontario, Canada
Inducted
2013

The F.I.V.E. Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, MS

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Team(s)
2177 | The F.I.V.E.
Organization
Silver Lake Intermediate School
Location
Wisconsin, USA
Inducted
2012

Techna Pwn Robotics Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, HS

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Team(s)
3018 | Techna Pwn Robotics
Organization
Location
Iowa, USA
Inducted
2012

TSM Team Excellence

Division: VEX U

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Team(s)
TSM
Organization
Universidad Technologica Del Sur
Location
Yucatan, Mexico
Inducted
2012

The Cheesy Poofs Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, HS

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Team(s)
254 | The Cheesy Poofs
Organization
Bellarmine College Preparatory High School
Location
Inducted
2011

MESS Team Excellence

Division: VEX U

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Team(s)
MESS
Organization
Massey University
Location
North Shore City, New Zealand
Inducted
2011

Highlands Intermediate School Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, MS

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Team(s)
394
Organization
Highlands Intermediate School
Location
Hawaii, USA
Inducted
2010

Simbotics Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, HS

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Team(s)
1114 | Simbotics
Organization
Governor Simcoe Secondary School
Location
Ontario, Canada
Inducted
2009

Chaminade College Prep. Middle School Team Excellence

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Team(s)
83
Organization
Chaminade College Preparatory Middle School
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2008

World Champions Programming Skills VEX Robotics Competition 2009

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Team #
2921
Team and School
Free Range Robotics, Home School
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2009

World Champions Programming Skills VEX Robotics Competition 2010

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Team #
1103
Team and School
Currahee, Home School
Location
Ohio, USA
Inducted
2010

World Champions Programming Skills VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2012

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Team #
5225A
Team and School
E-Bots, π-lons
Location
Ontario, Canada
Inducted
2012

World Champions Programming Skills VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2013

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Team #
5225A
Team and School
E-Bots π-lons, π-lons
Location
Ontario, Canada
Inducted
2013

World Champions Programming Skills VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2013

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Team #
8065A
Team and School
Zeus Jr, Singapore Combined Schools
Location
Inducted
2013

World Champions Robot Skills VEX Robotics Competition 2009

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Team #
1114A
Team and School
Simbotics A, Governor Simcoe Secondary
Location
Ontario, Canada
Inducted
2009

World Champions Robot Skills VEX Robotics Competition 2011

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Team #
1103
Team and School
Currahee, Home School
Location
Ohio, USA
Inducted
2011

World Champions Robot Skills VEX Robotics Competition 2012

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Team #
8066A
Team and School
Atom, Singapore Combined Schools
Location
Inducted
2012

World Champions Robot Skills VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2013

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Team #
2915A
Team and School
Lynfield Jack Attack, Lynfield College
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2013

World Champions Robot Skills VEX U 2013

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Team #
TZMG2
Team and School
TZMG2, UTZMG
Location
Jalisco, Mexico
Inducted
2013

World Champions Robot Skills VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2013

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Team #
8066A
Team and School
Atom, Singapore Combined Schools
Location
Inducted
2013

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX Robotics Competition 2008

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Team #
9367A
7726A
7627A
Team and School
Chengdu Shuangliu Experimental Middle School
Nanshan High School Mianyang
Chengdu No. 7 High School
Location
Chengdu, China
Sichuan, China
Chengdu, China
Inducted
2008

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX U 2009

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Team #
Team and School
Massey University
Location
North Shore City, New Zealand
Inducted
2009

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2009

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Team #
44
21B
404
Team and School
Green Egg Robotics, Crowther Home School
SPUR-FLYS, CHAMPS Charter HS
ELCO Red, El Camino HS
Location
Massachusetts, USA
California, USA
California, USA
Inducted
2009

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX U 2010

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Team #
Team and School
Mianyang Normal University
Location
Inducted
2010

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2010

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Team #
2921A
8192A
2919A
Team and School
Free Range Robotics, Home School
Shanghai HuangpuTeenagers S+T Activity Center
Kristin School
Location
North Shore City, New Zealand
Shanghai, China
North Shore City, New Zealand
Inducted
2010

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX U 2011

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Team #
Team and School
MESS, Massey University
Location
North Shore City, New Zealand
Inducted
2011

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2011

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Team #
1114M
1492Z
44
Team and School
Simbotics M, Governor Simcoe Secondary School
W.A.S.A.B.I. Robotics
Green Egg Robotics, Crowther Home School
Location
Ontario, Canada
Washington, USA
Massachusetts, USA
Inducted
2011

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, MS 2015

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Team #
2587X
7065A
Team and School
DiscoBots X-Ray, DiscoBots
Elementrix, Yabucoa
Location
Texas, USA
Puerto Rico
Inducted
2015

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX U 2012

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Team #
Team and School
TGTZ1, Universidad Tecnologica
Location
Veracruz, Mexico
Inducted
2012

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2012

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Team #
569
2900A
2W
Team and School
Murrieta Valley HS
Onehunga HS
Gladstone Secondary School
Location
California, USA
Auckland, New Zealand
British Columbia, Canada
Inducted
2012

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2012

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Team #
8066A
5199A
2300B
Team and School
Singapore Combined School
Shanghai Junior Shibei Middle School
Robinson School
Location
Shanghai, China
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Inducted
2012

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX IQ Challenge 2013

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Team #
44
3018P
Team and School
Top Secret, Maddison MS
Techna Pwn Robotics
Location
Idaho, USA
Iowa, USA
Inducted
2013

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX IQ Challenge 2013

Stats

Team #
39
42
Team and School
Rocky Mountain Pi-rates, Friends School
Annihilation=MG 2
Location
Colorado, USA
Colorado, USA
Inducted
2013

World Champions Tournament Champion VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2013

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Team #
2915A
2625
2941D
Team and School
Lynfield Jack Attack, Lynfield College
Techno-Commandos
Oats Robotics
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Massachusetts, USA
Tauranga, New Zealand
Inducted
2013

World Champions Programming Skills VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2009

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Team #
394
Team and School
Highlands Intermediate
Location
Hawaii, USA
Inducted
2009
Photo coming soon

2009 VRC Robot Skills, Team 8206World Champions

World Champions Robot Skills VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2009

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Team #
8206
Team and School
Nanhai Shimen Experimental MS
Location
Nanhai, China
Inducted
2009

World Champions Tournament Champions VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2013

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Team #
8065B
8192D
7792A
Team and School
FT5, Singapore Combined Schools
Shanghai Huangpu Teenagers S&T Activity Center
Shishi Middle School A
Location
Shanghai, China
Shanghai, China
Chengdu, China
Inducted
2013

TechPoint Foundation for Youth & Indiana Department Workforce Development Partner of the Year

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Website: | Inducted: 2017

Powers

TPF4Y – Facilitating implementation of robotics in Indiana schools; Focus on providing equal access to high impact STEM programs for students.
Indiana DWD – Committed to innovating Indiana’s economic future through skilled workforce; Entice businesses to Idiana, develop premier workforce.

Wisdom

Both TechPoint Foundation for Youth & The Indiana Department of Workforce Development focus on providing equal access to high impact STEM programs for all students. Together they impact thousands of Indiana students and introduce them to STEM through competitive robotics.
Photo coming soon

2011 VRC MS Excellence Team

2011 VRC MS Excellence Team 

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, MS

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Team(s)
Team 80 | VEXmen: Nightcrawler
Organization
Brandywine Robotics
Location
Pennsylvania , USA
Inducted
2011

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Wisdom

Texas Instruments Partner 2016 Partner of the Year

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Website: | Inducted: 2016

Powers

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI places a special focus on STEM education because of its belief that a strong STEM foundation will set up students for success in schools today, university tomorrow, and for exciting careers in the future.

Wisdom

TI thrives on innovation, and education inspires innovation. We are also a company of technologists and engineers working in an industry that requires STEM expertise. TI believes that robotics competitions are a fun way to engage students in engineering concepts, and we are proud to work closely with the REC Foundation." - Dave Heacock, TI senior vice president.

2017 VEX U Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX U

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Team(s)
XJTU | TEAM4
Organization
Xi’an Jiao Tong University
Location
Xi’an, China
Inducted
2017

2017 VRC HS Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, HS

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Team(s)
323 | R.I.O.T.
Organization
Cornerstone Robotics
Location
Indiana, USA
Inducted
2017

2016 VEX IQ Challenge ES Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary

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Team(s)
2014D | The Sandpiper Cyborgs
Organization
Sandpiper Elementary School
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2016

2017 VRC MS Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, MS

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Team(s)
 2235 | Cyber Tigers
Organization
Antolina Velez
Location
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Inducted
2017

2016 VEX IQ Challenge MS Excellence Team Excellence

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Team(s)
77777A | Robolink Chargers
Organization
Robolink, Inc.
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2016

2017 VEX IQ Challenge MS Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX IQ Challenge, MS

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Team(s)
999 | Rising Phoenix
Organization
Capital Robotics Club
Location
Virginia, USA
Inducted
2017

2016 VRC MS Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, HS

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Team(s)
7268A | Monkey Killers
Organization
Lakeside Middle School
Location
Georgia, USA
Inducted
2016

2016 VRC HS Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, HS

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Team(s)
2915A | Lynfield College Robotics
Organization
Lynfield College
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2016

2016 VEX U Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX U

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Team(s)
UTGZ3 | UNI. TEC. Gutierrez Zamo
Organization
Universidad Tecnologica de Gutierrez Zamora
Location
Vera Cruz, Mexico
Inducted
2016

2017 VEX IQ Challenge ES Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary

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Team(s)
42037 | Rockin Robots
Organization
Shiloh Point Elementary
Location
Georgia, USA
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary 2016

Stats

Team #
7008A
1140X
Team and School
Robotic's Legend, Colegio Adianez
Discobots, Brampton Robotics Education
Location
Puerto Rico, USA
Ontario, Canada
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary 2016

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Team #
6210E
Team and School
HCS Eagles 5, Heritage Christian School
Location
Indiana, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary 2016

Stats

Team #
10586A
Team and School
Xiutian PS A, Nanning Xiutian Primary School
Location
Nanning, China
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX U 2017

Stats

Team #
BNS
Team and School
Bots ‘n’ Stuff, Bots ‘n’ Stuff Robotics
Location
Vermont, USA
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, MS 2016

Stats

Team #
10543C
323S
Team and School
Bestic C, Shanghai Bestic Education Training Limited
Skyhawk, Cornerstone Robotics North
Location
Shanghai, China
Indiana, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, MS 2016

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Team #
20828
Team and School
Infinity, Infinity
Location
British Columbia, Canada
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, MS 2016

Stats

Team #
31009A
Team and School
Xi'an TieYi High School A, Xi'an TieYi High School
Location
Xi'an, China
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX U 2017

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Team #
AURA
Team and School
Auckland Uni Robotics, Auckland University Robotics Association
Location
Auckland City, New Zealand
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2016

Stats

Team #
9388
7449B
9698B
Team and School
Meilong & Ruiguan A, Shanghai Meilong Middle School
Nanmen PSch B, Hefei Nanmen Primary School
Gulou NO.1 B, Fuzhou Gulou NO.1 Central Primary School
Location
Shanghai, China
Hefei, China
Fuzhou, China
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2016

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Team #
394
Team and School
Highland Inter Robotics, Highlands Intermediate School
Location
Hawaii, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2017

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Team #
365X
Team and School
Invictus
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2016

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Team #
7268A
Team and School
Killer Monkeys, Lakeside Middle School
Location
Georgia, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2016

Stats

Team #
2915A
1104M
400S
Team and School
Lynfield College Robotics, Lynfield College
Discobots, Brampton Robotics Education
Galveston I.S.D. Robotics, Galveston I.S.D. Robotics
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Ontario, Canada
Texas, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2017

Stats

Team #
86868
7258A
8192D
Team and School
The Resistance, Nibot Robotics
High School Beijing Tec A, Middle School Attached to Beijing Institute of Tec
Shanghai Huangpu D, Shanghai Huangpu Teenagers S&T Activity Center
Location
California, USA
Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2016

Stats

Team #
8691E
1104M
400S
Team and School
Hefei NO.8 SMSch E, Hefei No.8 Senior Middle School
Discobots, Brampton Robotics Education
Galveston I.S.D. Robotics, Galveston I.S.D. Robotics
Location
Hefei, China
Ontario, Canada
Texas, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2016

Stats

Team #
9090A
Team and School
T-VEX, The Mandarin Chinese School
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2016

Google Partner of the Year

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Website: www.google.com | Inducted: 2018

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World Champions VEX U 2016

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Team #
VCAT2
Team and School
VCAT Robotics, Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology
Location
New York, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2017

Stats

Team #
8065U
Team and School
ATOM-U, Hai Sing Catholic School
Location
Singapore
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX U 2016

Stats

Team #
BNS
Team and School
Bots 'n' Stuff, Bots 'n' Stuff Robotics
Location
Maryland, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions VEX U 2016

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Team #
NYIT
Team and School
NYIT Bears, New York Institute of Technology
Location
New York, USA
Inducted
2016

World Champions 2017

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Team #
8736A
8065U
8193D
Team and School
Nanxiang A, Jiading District Nanxiang Middle School
ATOM-U, Hai Sing Catholic School
Shanghai Yongchang D, Shanghai Yongchang Private School
Location
Shanghai, China
Singapore
Shanghai, China
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, MS 2017

Stats

Team #
555A
Team and School
Gladiators, KraftWerx
Location
Ontario, Canada
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, MS 2017

Stats

Team #
555A
16180G
Team and School
Gladiators, KraftWerx
The InVEXibles, TECH of Katy
Location
Ontario, Canada
Texas, USA
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary 2017

Stats

Team #
10492A
Team and School
Simfuture Robot A, Semifuture Robot Technology Education Center
Location
Shanghai, China
Inducted
2017

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary 2017

Stats

Team #
15472A
68A
Team and School
Second Experimental A, Second Experimental Primary School
PS of YNNU, Primary School Affiliated to Yun Nan Numorl University
Location
Shandong, China
Yunnan, China
Inducted
2017

Team NAR (North American Robotics) Team Excellence

Division: VEX U

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Team(s)
Organization
Multiple
Location
Pennsylvania and Other, USA
Inducted
2013

2015 VEX U Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX U

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Team(s)
AURA | Auckland University Robotics
Organization
Auckland University
Location
Inducted
2015

2015 VRC HS Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, HS

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Team(s)
2918A | GCEC A
Organization
Glenfield College
Location
Inducted
2015

2015 VRC MS Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition, MS

Stats

Team(s)
7700B | Rolling Robots
Organization
Rolling Robots
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2015

2015 VEX IQ Challenge ES Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX IQ Challenge, Elementary

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Team(s)
15B | Crescent Crazy Stackers
Organization
Crescent Elementary School
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2015

2009 VRC Middle School Excellence Champion Team 2243 Team Excellence

Division: VEX Robotics Competition

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Team(s)
2243 | Cupeyville School
Organization
Location
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
Inducted
2009

2014 VEX U Excellence Team Team Excellence

Division: VEX U

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Team(s)
Team OYES
Organization
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2014

2015 Partner of the Year Partner of the Year

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Website: www.goarmy.com | Inducted: 2015

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2014 VRC HS Excellence Team Team Excellence

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Team(s)
Team 7581H | Haslett VEX Raptors MSU
Organization
Location
Michigan, USA
Inducted
2014

2015 VEX IQ Challenge MS Excellence Team Excellence

Division: VEX IQ Challenge, MS

Stats

Team(s)
8899Y | Vexecutives
Organization
Manatee County Robotics Club
Location
Florida, USA
Inducted
2015

2014 VRC MS Excellence Team Team Excellence

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Team(s)
Team 394 | Highlands Intermediate School
Organization
Location
Hawaii, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2015

Stats

Team #
2131C
2915A
9090C
Team and School
Starfox, Davis High School
Lynfield College Robotics, Lynfield College
T-VEX, The Mandarin Chinese School
Location
Utah, USA
New Zealand
Texas, USA
Inducted
2015

2014 VEX IQ Challenge MS Excellence Award Team Excellence

Stats

Team(s)
Team 963A | Reisenschein
Organization
Location
Virginia, USA
Inducted
2014

2014 VEX IQ Challenge Elementary Excellence Award Team Excellence

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Team(s)
Team 7010A | TechnoBots
Organization
Location
Puerto Rico, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team THH1
Team and School
Mecánica
Location
Huejutla de Reyes, Mexico
Inducted
2014

World Champions 2014

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Team OYES
Team and School
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2014

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team OYES
Team and School
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2014

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 3560Z
Team 21
Team 2915C
Team and School
Chingboticz Eh?, Chinguacousy Secondary School
Spur-Flys, Champs Charter High School
Lynfield College Robotics, Lynfield College
Location
Ontario, Canada
California, USA
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2014

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 9090A
Team and School
T-VEX, The Mandarin Chinese School
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2015

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Team #
Team 9090A
Team and School
T-VEX, The Mandarin Chinese School
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2015

World Champions Programming Skills VEX Robotics Competition 2011

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Team #
1103
Team and School
Currahee, Home School
Location
Ohio, USA
Inducted
2011

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 44
Team and School
Green Egg Robotics
Location
Massachusetts, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 7756A
Team 7061B
Team 7663B
Team and School
Branch of Beijing Chen Jinglun Middle School
Fuzhou Shidai Middle School
Fuzhou Create Future Young Robot Engineer Club
Location
China
China
Inducted
2014

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, HS 2015

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Team #
Team 62
Team and School
Kanagasabapathys, Independent
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2015

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 24Z
Team and School
Super Sonic Sparks, SPARKS 4-H Club
Location
Maryland, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions Programming Skills VEX U 2013

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Team #
TZMG2
Team and School
TZMG2, UTZMG
Location
Jalisco, Mexico
Inducted
2013

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 7090C
Team and School
YZRobot , Nanhai District Yanbu Middle School
Location
Inducted
2014

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2015

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Team #
8192B
Team and School
Shanghai Huangpu B, Shanghai Huangpu Teenagers S&T Activity Center
Location
Inducted
2015

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 10029
Team 2587X
Team and School
Robokids
DiscoBots
Location
British Columbia, Canada
Texas, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2015

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Team #
8066A
Team and School
Atom, Hai Sing Catholic School
Location
Inducted
2015

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 314A
Team and School
Rocky Mountain nrates
Location
Colorado, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions Robot Skills VEX Robotics Competition 2010

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Team #
44
Team and School
Green Egg Robotics, Green Egg Robotics
Location
Massachusetts, USA
Inducted
2010

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 963B
Team and School
McLean Robotics Institute
Location
Virginia, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions VEX Robotics Competition, MS 2015

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Team #
Team 8066A
Team 8066C
Team 8193C
Team and School
Atom, Hai Sing Catholic School
Thor, Hai Sing Catholic School
Shanghai Yongchang C, Shanghai Yongchang Training School
Location
Singapore
China
Inducted
2015

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 10030A
Team 15A
Team and School
Pixelated Piranhas, Northwestern Elementary School
Mighty Mechs, Crescent Elementary School
Location
Indiana, USA
California, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 7010A
Team and School
TechnoBots
Location
Puerto Rico, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions 2014

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Team #
Team 15A
Team and School
Mighty Mechs, Crescent Elementary School
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2014

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, MS 2015

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Team #
Team 10790
Team and School
RobotC Boca Secondary School, Qingdao RobotC Boca Center
Location
Inducted
2015

World Champions VEX IQ Challenge, MS 2015

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Team #
10520A
Team and School
Hongkou TAC A, Shanghai Hongkou District Teenagers A.C.
Location
Inducted
2015

Todd  Ablett Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Team 2 | The Robosavages
Organization
Gladstone Secondary School
Location
British Columbia, Canada
Inducted
2014

Powers

Journeyman Electrician BCIT; B.Sc University of British Columbia; B.Ed University of British Columbia; Prime Minister's Teaching Excellence Award; Queen Elisabeth Diamond Jubilee Award

Wisdom

I really have been privileged to work with so many great students and adults, not only from the Robosavages, but from all over the world. Teach your students to be fearless about failure. Success is a often bumpy and twisty road. And if you are ever in Vancouver, come see us!

Andrew Adaman Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
Knights of the Olde Robotics - Team KTOR
Organization
Multiple Schools
Location
Pennsylvania, USA
Inducted
2011

Powers

Mechanical Engineering
Founded Team KTOR
Continues outreach through the "Knight School" to teach students and adults concepts and uses of the VEX Robotics Design System

Wisdom

When I received this award the first thing I did was call people who had mentored me and thank them.  I became involved in robotics in high school.  After experiencing all the good it has done for me, I decided to keep paying it forward.

Alan Alessi Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Location
Inducted
2012

Powers

Wisdom

Nadine Amaya

Nadine Amaya Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
113 | OGLE/EXCEL
Organization
Oak Grove Lower Elementary
Location
Mississippi, USA
Inducted
2017

Powers

B.S. Elementary Education, University of Southern Mississippi
M.S. Special Education with Emphasis in Gifted Education, University of Southern Mississippi
Mississippi Association for Gifted Children, Member since 1994
Began School Robotics Program 2015-2016
2017 OGLE Teacher of the Year

Wisdom

My second and third graders' success in VEX-IQ Robotics proves that age and size will not prohibit you from being successful as long as you work hard, believe in yourself, and put forth your best effort! While winning is fun, the real reward is what you learn from the experience! Over the past two years I have enjoyed learning alongside my students and their parents on our journey with VEX-IQ Robotics.

David Aston Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
2918 | GCEC
Organization
Glenfield College
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Inducted
2016

Powers

BSc Auckland University 1978; Member New Zealand Institute of Physics; Head of Science Glenfield College Auckland NZ; Robotics Teacher at Glenfield College GCEC 2918

Wisdom

One of my first VEX robotics students told me that, “A robot is never finished.” She is right. If you think you are finished, you will only find others improving and you get left behind. Always give other teams help if you can, this enables their robots to do better. You may have to alliance with them and if their robot performs well so does yours.

Betsy Baker Lamb Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
35, 36, 37
Organization
Cranbrook Schools
Location
Michigan, USA
Inducted
2012

Powers

B.A. History, Chatham College
Masters in Curriculum & Instruction, Michigan State

Wisdom

I always say robotics is my therapy; it keeps me in touch with the students. I am living proof you do not need to be an engineer or programmer to run a robotics program. Students take the VEX kits and run.  All they need is a little support and encouragement.

Lance Balcom Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Pacific Youth Robotics Society
Location
British Columbia, Canada
Inducted
2010

Powers

B.A. Sc. Mechanical
Career in system integration, aircraft accident investigation and various start-ups
Founder, Pacific Youth Robotics Society

Wisdom

I think the world could be better if everyone learned collaborative engineering skills in grade school. It's not about robots, or even the engineering, physics, math, or programming. It's about working together as a team.

Greg Ballard STEM Hero

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Title
The Honorable Mayor of Indianapolis
Location
Indiana, USA
Inducted
2016

Powers

23-year Marine veteran; 48th Mayor of Indianapolis (2008-2015) and creator of the Indianapolis City Championship for VEX Robotics; Visiting Fellow at University of Indianapolis

Wisdom

Robotics competitions are not only about increasing STEM knowledge. They provide avenues to learn about team building, strategy, persistence, collaboration, how to win and lose gracefully, and risk taking. I’ve seen so many students’ lives changed as a result of these competitions. It is humbling to have been a part of it all.

Aaron Barker Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Minnesota 360
Location
Minnesota, USA
Inducted
2015

Powers

Wisdom

Ayah Bdeir STEM Hero

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Title
Founder and CEO, littleBits
Location
NY, USA
Inducted
2018

Powers

Wisdom

Jenny Beatty Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Location
Maryland, USA
Inducted
2011

Powers

Master's Degree, Public Health
Served as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service.
On the board for AmeriCorps.

Wisdom

I have been involved in the 'S' in STEM for much of my adult life, having chosen the health field because I wanted to make a difference in the world. I was drawn to robotics because of the opportunity for students, especially for problem solving, teamwork, and opening doors to higher education.

Dr. Anita Borg STEM Hero

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Title
Visionary & Founder of Anita Borg Institute
Location
CA, USA
Inducted
2015

Powers

Ph.D. Computer Science, New York University

Wisdom

Dr. Anita Borg (1949-2003) a unique capacity to mix technical expertise and fearless vision that inspired, motivated and moved women to embrace technology instead of fearing or ignoring it. She touched and changed the lives of countless women in the computing fields and beyond. She is responsible for including women in the technological revolution – not as bystanders, but as active participants and leaders.

Lieutenant General Thomas P. Bostick STEM Hero

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Title
U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2013

Powers

Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy
Master's in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University. Graduate, U.S. Army War College.
Serves as the 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - overseeing most of the civil works infrastructure and military construction in the U.S.

Wisdom

This is cutting edge stuff, bringing the best of the best together, and what I hope is that we will excite enough youngsters to meet the requirements that the nation will need.

Lewis Chappelear Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Teams 628 and 1469
Organization
James Monroe HS and Holmes International MS
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2011

Powers

Co-Chair, California Department of Education STEM Task Force
Member of both the California Teacher Advisory Council and the California Council of Science and Technology

Wisdom

It isn't just me--it's the thousands of kids, parents, teachers and community members whom I've worked with over the years that join me in this Hall of Fame. The cheering from my team was so loud when my name was announced, I could barely understand what was happening.

Samuel Chee Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Location
Inducted
2014

Powers

Wisdom

Kin Sing Cheng Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
30
Organization
Ning Po No 2 College
Location
Hong Kong, China
Inducted
2008

Powers

Applied Computing degree

Wisdom

I am very honoured to receive the title of “Mentor of the Year 2008”. It is an unexpected bonus to me and my students. It shows us that hard work really pays. All of us enjoyed the process of preparation and participation, and considered it a really rewarding experience.

Greg Cheslock Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
1200
Organization
St. Mary Central HS
Location
Wisconsin, USA
Inducted
2012

Powers

Electronics Technology - Fox Valley Technical College
Daniel P. Spalding Volunteer Educator of the Year - 2012
St. Mary Catholic Schools STEM Education Club Advisor

Wisdom

I enjoy helping young people explore their interests in technology and engineering including robotics, electronics, and aviation sciences. It is exciting to know that many of them will someday become engineers and take hold of real opportunities to help make life better for people through discovery and invention.

Karen Cinnamon Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
Teams 4303, 1231, 10300
Organization
Forest Park HS, Benton MS, Ashland ES
Location
Virginia, USA
Inducted
2015

Powers

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, with a major concentration in Robotics. M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton.

Wisdom

I am humbled and grateful to VEX Robotics and the REC Foundation for the opportunity to share my passion for robotics through this incredible program. My students inspire me every day, their dedication, enthusiasm, and energy are infectious and it is a joy to be their mentor. The confidence they gain, the skills they learn and the practical knowledge they acquire through robotics is unparalleled to any other school activity.

Megan Connolly Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Team 169 | The Cavalry
Organization
The Haverford School
Location
Pennsylvania, USA
Inducted
2012

Powers

B.A. Mathematics
Sec. Ed. Math Certification
Served as principal software engineer for UNISYS and technical lead on Man-Machine Interface Component of UNIX/C Message Switch.
Director of Technology and Advisor to Robotics Teams, The Haverford School.

Wisdom

As a lifelong learner and lover of math and problem solving, I want to share that excitement and fun with young people.  Problems we face today need smart, confident, creative, and collaborative teams working on them, and robotics is an excellent way to prepare tomorrow's problem solvers.

Chip Diberardino Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
929, 9290 | Hereford Zone Robotics
Organization
Hereford High School
Location
Maryland, USA
Inducted
2014

Powers

BS Electrical Engineering 1984, Virginia Tech; MS Electrical & Computer Engineering 1987, Johns Hopkins University; Robotics Engineer since 1999, General Dynamics Land Systems; Classroom Mentor (since 2006) & VEX Robotics Mentor (since 2008) , Hereford Zone Robotics - Hereford Middle School & High School, Baltimore County Schools, Parkton MD; FIRST Robotics Mentor since 2013, Highland School, Warrenton VA.

Wisdom

I am continually impressed by the creativity, technical abilities and attitude of the robotics students, both in the classroom and the robotics clubs. I am an engineer in the field of robotics a also a STEM mentor. The robotics students and club members gain experience solving the same types of technical challenges as professional engineers. It is exciting to help guide these future engineers and scientists.

Joseph Dilks Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
2616
Organization
Cherry Hill High School East
Location
New Jersey, USA
Inducted
2017

Powers

BA – Rutgers University, Political Science; Law Degree – Rutgers Law School. Retired from the practice of law after 20 years. High School Calculus and Computer Science Teacher since 2003. Cherry Hill East High School Teacher of the Year 2016. Robotics Adviser since club inception in 2009.

Wisdom

My role in our program is to show up and stay out of the way. Although I provide guidance, it is hands off. I provide an environment to allow the students to succeed. Our club is student-led and run. I am extremely proud of the students that have represented our club at the VEX Robotics World Championship every year since its inception.

Patrick Fairbank Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
254 | The Cheesy Poofs
Organization
Bellarmine College Preparatory
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2013

Powers

BASc. Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
FRC Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winner

Wisdom

I had some fantastic mentors when I was participating in robotics in high school, and wanting to have that same impact is why I’m involved with VEX now. I also have had great mentors since, and believe everyone should seek out and learn from mentors at all points in life.
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MelissaFernandez Teacher of the Year

Melissa Fernandez Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
619A | Mecha Makos
Organization
MAST Academy
Location
Florida, USA
Inducted
2013

Powers

Wisdom

Woodie Flowers STEM Hero

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Title
Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location
Massachusetts, USA
Inducted
2017

Powers

Co-founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology); Distinguished Partner at Olin College; A member of the National Academy of Engineering; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; In 2007, he received a degree honoris causa from Chilean university Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello.

Wisdom

"You have to help straighten things out. Your participation in this robotics competition is the perfect first step. By respecting one another you're laying the foundation for understanding humanity. By going through the rigors of competition and exercising the grit needed to build your robot, you are learning about yourself." -- Induction Speech

David Franc Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
24 | Super Sonic Sparks
Organization
Carroll County 4-H
Location
Maryland, USA
Inducted
2010

Powers

Electronics engineer specializing in radio communications at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wisdom

I see college graduates with excellent theory backgrounds, but little or no hands-on technical skills. A robotics team provides that to youth in an environment where they can make mistakes and learn. I want to give youth an opportunity to gain life skills that will help them succeed in any job.
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JoshuaGabrielse Teacher of the Year

Joshua Gabrielse Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Baltimore City Schools
Location
Maryland, USA
Inducted
2009

Powers

B.S., Physics, Calvin College
M.A., Education, Johns Hopkins

Wisdom

Chuck Glick Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
Team #169.  Team NAR | The Cavalry.  MooseEagles
Organization
The Haverford School.  North American Robotics
Location
Pennsylvania, USA
Inducted
2011

Powers

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Temple University
VRC College Division 2010 -- Founder of Team KTOR, winner of the Excellence Award
VRC College Division 2013 - Founder of Team NAR, winner of the Excellence Award

Wisdom

After working with my first VEX kit in 2005, I instantly knew I wanted to pursue a career in engineering.  I was honestly surprised at being nominated for this award.  I work every day to prove to myself that I deserved receiving it.

Dr. Ilija Hadzic Mentor of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
11336A & B, 54501
Organization
Millington Elementary School & Central Middle School
Location
New Jersey, USA
Inducted
2017

Powers

PhD Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, USA M.S.
Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, USA B.S.
Electrical Engineering, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Wisdom

If robotics competitions inspired only one child on each team to pursue an engineering career in their life, we would together win more than any individual team can win at any competition.

Dianne Halsey Volunteer of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
4768 A-Z; 824 A-F | Grizzlybots & AHS Robotics
Organization
Grange Middle School & Armijo High School
Location
California , USA
Inducted
2016

Powers

MA Education, University of California, Davis; Bachelor Of Technology, Aircraft Maintenance, Vaughn College of Aeronautics; AAS Avionics, Vaughn College of Aeronautics; Teaching Credentials - Multiple Subject, Industrial Arts, Mathematics, C.T.E., PLTW Training

Wisdom

You should never stop learning. Lets close the gap on engineering. "Inspiring engineers, one student at a time!"

Maureen Hudson Teacher of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
Teams: 7222x, 7222z, 2711 and 2711b
Organization
Haile Middle School
Location
Florida, USA
Inducted
2014

Powers

B.S. Interior Design/Architecture & Resource Management, Virginia Tech; 2014 Advisor of Technology Student Association National Champions; 2014 Manatee County Bright Star Teaching Award

Wisdom

VEX Robotics has allowed my builders, writers, creators, problem solvers and speakers to all work together and learn from each other. I was shocked and honored when I won an award because of their dedication and hard work! They rise to the occasion no matter how high my expectations.

David Kelly Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Pembroke Academy
Location
New Hampshire, USA
Inducted
2013

Powers

B.S. University of New Hampshire
M.Ed. Plymouth State College
2009 Chesapeake Regional Woodie Flowers Award
2011 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical

Wisdom

It is an incredibly challenging problem to create something which is elegantly simple.

Art & Rene Kimura Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Hawaii Space Grant Consortium, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Location
Hawaii, USA
Inducted
2012

Powers

Education Specialists, Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (NASA), Living Treasures of Hawaii Award, Scholastic robotics since 2000. Art: University of Hawaii (Manoa), M.Ed., NASA Teacher in Space Project (Hawaii), Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Rene: University of Hawaii (Manoa) B.A. History. Women in Aerospace National Educator Award.

Wisdom

We are so humbled to be able to represent the many hundreds of mentors, volunteers, teachers, and coaches in Hawaii who give so much time, enthusiasm, and vision to students--all of whom are our 'Volunteers of the Year.'

Miral Kotb STEM Hero

Stats

Title
Location
Inducted
2012

Powers

Degree in Computer Science, Columbia University
Founder of iLuminate, a wearable dance system which enables the programmer to switch lights off and on with music. 
Began her career as a software developer with a passion for coding, while pursuing her dream to dance professionally.

Wisdom

I wrote software since I was 9, and danced since I could walk, but always separated them. I worked in technology, with a dream I'd quit and dance professionally. Then, I was diagnosed with cancer, and I couldn't dance after surgery; so, I got better at writing software. Once I recovered, I left my job and started dancing again--now bringing dance and technology together.

Dave Lavery STEM Hero

Stats

Title
Location
Washington, DC, USA
Inducted
2012

Powers

B.S., Computer Science, Virginia Polytechnics Institute. M.S., Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, George Mason. Program Executive for Solar System Exploration at NASA, oversight of design & development for next gen. Mars exploration spacecraft. Responsible for 2 Mars Rover missions & Euro-U.S. Mars Rover missions. Lead creation of 2016 Mars Rover Mission & Mars Advanced Technology Program. Founded & directs NASA Robotics Alliance Project.

Wisdom

When I was younger I admired people like Neil Armstrong, Chuck Yeager, and John Glenn. Their exciting accomplishments inspired me and led to my career in space exploration. Today, I continue to be inspired and humbled by the achievements of those around me. These Hall Of Fame inductees will inspire the next generation of heroes, and I am honored to be included among them.

Dane Leifson Volunteer of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
2131 A-Z
Organization
Davis High School
Location
Utah, USA
Inducted
2018

Powers

Masters of Education from Weber State University, 2015
Bachelors of Engineering and Technology Education from Utah State University, 2010

Wisdom

“Fail early, fail often, in order to Succeed Sooner” Tom Kelley.
“What some people call Lucky others call hard work and preparation, but lucky is helpful too!” Jon Hoy.

Wence Lopez Volunteer of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
Organization
Location
Inducted
2009

Powers

Wisdom

Kristi Matlack Teacher of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
Team 4810 & 10021
Organization
North Union Middle School
Location
Ohio, USA
Inducted
2015

Powers

B.A. Elementary Education, Bowling Green State University
M.S. Education, Marygrove College
2013 North Union Teacher of the Year
Project Lead the Way Gateway Teacher

Wisdom

Enjoy the journey. I am honored to have received this award on my journey to provide meaningful learning experiences for my students. I tell my teams and encourage others to enjoy the journey too. Celebrate your accomplishments, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.

Felix Matos Mentor of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
Team 7020A | RoboChamp
Organization
Location
Puerto Rico, USA
Inducted
2014

Powers

Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico; 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry as a Restaurant Manager; Robotics Mentor since 2013

Wisdom

It is an honor to receive the 2014 Mentor of the Year Award. I would like to share this award with my incredible TEAM. It has been an unforgettable journey, working with great and enthusiastic kids that were always eager to learn and give the best of themselves, and at the same time having a group of parents that were supportive and committed. We are more than a team; we became a FAMILY. My personal motto: “ There is always room for improvement.”

Brian McGee Mentor of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
2019F | Apex
Organization
Flower Mound High School
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2018

Powers

B.A. Psychology
Senior Computer Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin

Wisdom

Our team motto is to “fail faster.” Students often feel as though they aren’t allowed to fail but young engineers need to learn that failing is part of the process. Every failure is a step in the iterative journey toward excellence. If you never fail, you are likely not challenging yourself enough.

Nancy McIntyre Volunteer of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
38 and 1138 | Eagle Engineering
Organization
Chaminade College Preparatory
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2008

Powers

M.A., Education
23 year education professional as teacher, coach, and administrator

Wisdom

As a science teacher, it is important for me to find ways to encourage students to look at many different avenues for study beyond high school. Exposing them to STEM will help them in whatever they decide to study in the future.

Ana Medina Teacher of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
Team 2355B & Team 7041B
Organization
Location
Puerto Rico, USA
Inducted
2015

Powers

Wisdom

Ralph D. Mills Volunteer of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
Organization
Small Manufacturers Institute
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2008

Powers

Ph.D., English
VP, The Small Manufacturers' Institute
Served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs, California State University Chancellor's Office

Wisdom

I came to understand that STEM education, beginning early, is essential for the preparation of many young people for purposeful and satisfying lives in the 21st century. A highly-skilled STEM workforce is essential to maintain and advance our economy and our civilization

Bob Mimlitch STEM Hero

Stats

Title
Co-Founder, Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer of Innovation First International
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2014

Powers

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech
Entrepreneur and inventor of more than 750 patents; multiple patents in advanced thermal management techniques; co-creator of the VEX Robotics product line & the VEX Robotics Competition; co-inventor of the HEXBUG micro robotic creatures; revolutionized robotics motor controllers with the invention of the “Victor”

Wisdom

When working on an engineering challenge, the wrong approach is to go with the first idea. There is an infinite number of ways to solve a problem. The trick is to spend time upfront making sure to find the simplest solution; hence, innovation happens first. Simple solutions are always easier to execute than complicated ones.

Richard Mortimore Mentor of the Year

Stats

Team(s)
Team 1353; NYIT | The Robodalers & The Bears
Organization
Farmingdale High School & New York Institute of Technology
Location
New York, USA
Inducted
2016

Powers

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, New York Institute of Technology; VEX U 2013 Winner of the Sportsmanship Award – NYIT; VEX U 2015 Winner of the Design Award – NYIT; VEX U 2016 Winner of the Amaze Award – NYIT; VEX U 2016 Winner of the #1 in Skills Challenge – NYIT

Wisdom

In 2011, I pursued my career in Mechanical Engineering at NYIT and wanted to find a concept to use my mechanical background in which I applied them to VEX Robotics. I am very grateful for being nominated for this award, and was actually very surprised! Thank you to all of the teams that I help Mentor each year, and thank you to my family!

Jim Musil Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Omaha Public Schools
Location
Nebraska, USA
Inducted
2013

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Bart Nash Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Carver Middle School
Location
Florida, USA
Inducted
2012

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Attended Western Michigan University

Wisdom

I have always been interested in STEM, and wanted to pass on that love to students to show them how fun STEM can be.

Jason Neagle Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
6135, 2886, 4104
Organization
Central Hardin High School PLTW EC3, John Hardin High School PLTW EC3, North Hardin High School PLTW EC3
Location
Kentucky, USA
Inducted
2018

Powers

Western Kentucky University Industrial Arts Education and Masters in Education Administration
Cisco Certified Academy Instructor
PLTW Engineering Master Teacher

Wisdom

Induction to the STEM Hall of Fame has been a huge honor, it reflects many hours of work on my students behalf and myself toward a yearlong goal each year. The VEX Robotics program has been the best educational and most student motivating program I have been involved with during my 20 years in education, that is why I coach VEX Robotics teams.

LeRoy Nelson Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
L.A. Robotics
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2018

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Tony Norman STEM Hero

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Title
Co-Founder, President and CEO of Innovation First International
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2014

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B.S., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Entrepreneur and inventor with more than 750 patents worldwide; Co-inventor of the HEXBUG brand of micro robotic creatures; Creator of the VEX Robotics product line & the VEX Robotics Competition; Provides global leadership to position the 200+ person company at the forefront of the robotics education, consumer toys, and computer server racking industry

Wisdom

“Great engineers can do more than just engineering. They also make great business owners, marketers, politicians and teachers. Engineers excel at solving problems regardless of the discipline. Your ability to solve problems is your most valuable asset in life.”

Dr. Douglas D. Osheroff STEM Hero

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Title
Location
Inducted
2012

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Studied at the California Institute of Technology.
Graduate studies at Cornell.
During his senior year in high school, he constructed a 100 keV X-ray machine.
Winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of superfluidity in helium-3; awarded jointly to also include David M. Lee and Robert C. Richardson. 

Wisdom

I was a good student, but only excelled in physics and chemistry. I was intellectually rather lazy, and in high school would take a free class period so I could get my homework done, freeing evenings for my many projects. I had the most trouble in math, and only through considerable trauma gradually improved from a grade of C+ to A+ over three years.

James Pearman Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
Multiple Teams
Organization
La Salle High School, Pasadena
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2015

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BS (Honors) Middlesex Polytechnic 1985. VP Technology for Robomatter. VRC Mentor and Coach, team 8888, Pasadena CA. Software evangelist.

Wisdom

A student recently sent me an email which said "Man programming is hard!", my reply would be “Yes it is, all engineering is hard, but the harder the problem is that you solve, the greater the reward will be.”

Leslie Peters Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
1666R | Renegade Robotics
Organization
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2017

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BA, Mathematics, Princeton University
Fellow of the Society of Actuaries
2nd degree black belt in Aikido

Wisdom

I truly love learning and in turn sharing that knowledge with others. It's so exciting for me to see kids understand something that they didn't know before. I strive to be a role model for girls in the sciences, and believe I can make a difference to them by making STEM fields more approachable and fun. My greatest joy is when a student says, "Oh, that was so easy!" I am incredibly honored to have received this award; thank you.

Greg Phillips Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
1114
Organization
Governor Simcoe Secondary School
Location
Ontario, Canada
Inducted
2012

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Multiple colleges and universities

Wisdom

I became involved in the VEX program because it is the best platform to deliver STEM at the high school level.  Students acquire skills that catapult them through university and beyond.

Dr. Johan Potgieter Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Location
Inducted
2009

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Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Natal, Durban
Assoc. Professor of Mechatronics & Robotics and oversees the Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group

Wisdom

Being able to help young people achieve their goals is so rewarding. How could I not get involved? As an engineering professor, I live for STEM, and seek to share my interest with others.

Roger & Martha Proulx Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
5900
Organization
Bayshore HS
Location
Florida, USA
Inducted
2013

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Roger - Saint Anselm College, US Army Veteran. Martha - Daniel Webster College, Saint Leo University MBA, MEd.
New CTE Teacher of Excellence 2011, Manatee County. Florida TSA Board of Directors, AAUW. Roger -- Bradenton Branch, President-Elect, Epsilon Pi Tau. HS Volunteer of the Year 2012 -- Manatee County.

Wisdom

If you are doing the right thing for students, then you are doing the right thing. Roger and I truly enjoyed our time together working VEX events in Florida and with TSA.
Photo coming soon

Ken & LizRayment Volunteer of the Year

Ken & Liz Rayment Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Action Works
Location
Colorado, USA
Inducted
2011

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Liz: B.S., Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, University of California at San Diego, and M.S. in Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines.
Ken: BS Mechanical Engineering
Both are recipients of the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award, since 2008.

Wisdom

We want more people to experience the fun of STEM, especially math.

Nona Reimer Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2018

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Steve Rhoads Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
Multiple Teams
Organization
Multiple Schools
Location
Pennsylvania, USA
Inducted
2010

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Undergraduate degree, Economics, and an MBA from RPI
Former US Air Force Captain and pilot of the KC-135-A
Co-creator of STEM Robotics, a 501c3 non-profit organization, with Foster Shucker

Wisdom

My primary interest is in inspiring kids to pursue STEM careers. Every kid--and I mean EVERY kid--I have worked with becomes excited about learning more math, science and engineering... to win in competitions. These wins lead kids to a better self-image and a more enterprising attitude.

Daniela Rodriguez STEM Hero

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Title
Student
Location
Florida, USA
Inducted
2013

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Blessed Trinity Catholic School.
Research focused on using brainwaves to move robotic equipment, empowering mobility-challenged persons to use technology to be more independent.
Won "The Best in Fair" at the 2013 Annual Florida State Science and Engineering Fair.
Recognized by The National Society of Engineers and The Florida Foundation for Future Scientists. 

Wisdom

True courage is continuing to travel, without a map. Receiving the STEM Heroes hall of fame award was truly humbling and I am very grateful. VEX Robotics is an incredible platform for creating and learning. At the VEX Robotics World Championship I met so many passionate kids and adults from around the world who love robotics and science just as much as I do. I feel that they are the true example of real courage.

Armando Rodriguez Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
Teams 7041A, 7041B & 2355C
Organization
Location
Puerto Rico, USA
Inducted
2016

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BS Civil Engineering, University of Puerto Rico; Juris Doctor (Magana Cum Laude) - Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Law School; Past President of the Board of Directors Armor Que Sana, Inc.; Distinguished Collegiate from the College of Engineers & Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico; Past President College of Engineers & Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico - Ponce Chapter; Member of the Board of Directors Colegio Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Ponce, Puerto Rico; Robotics Mentor since 2012.

Wisdom

I feel blissful and honored with this recognition. Sincere and endless gratitude to all the kids, parents and everyone who's participated in this adventure. Remember, it is not an individual endeavor, but a collective effort. Life is an infinite staircase in which we have the opportunity to take place for a small segment of it. If we want the human race to progress, let our actions enable those who come after to begin their journey on the step next to our last.

Stephen Sadler Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
5194 | East Barnet 1
Organization
East Barnet HS
Location
East Barnet, UK
Inducted
2013

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B.A (Hons) in Industrial Design and Technology with Education, Loughborough University, UK. STEM Ambassador for The Royal Academy of Engineering Digital Design and Technology Teacher of the Year 2013. VEX Robotics UK Teacher of the Year 2013. VEX Robotics World Mentor of the Year 2013. VEX Robotics UK Tournament Champions 3 years running (undefeated)

Wisdom

My students' commitment to Robotics at East Barnet School is second to none. The EBS Robotics STEM Club has grown to become THE most popular club in the school. My students are dedicated, motivated, focused and extremely passionate. Thank you to VEX and all my students. Teaching robotics brings excitement to Technology in the classroom. ‘Learning is even MORE fun’. It’s an honour for me to receive Mentor of the Year 2013.

Debbi Salom Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
100A - G, Y & Z And VRC 5297 A & B
Organization
Sacred Heart School
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2017

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Wisdom

Monica Maria Sanchez Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
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Location
Inducted
2010

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Master's Degree, Electronic Engineering and Computers
Doctoral Degree, Information and Communications Technology
Executive Director of Fundacion Global AC&T Colombia
Conducted research in multiple areas of education, robotics and technology

Wisdom

All my life I have loved math and engineering. I loved school, and always said 'I want to be an engineer.' I am so grateful to my family for my having been able to attend college and pursue my dream of working to advance STEM education in my country of Colombia.

Steven Sanghi STEM Hero

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Title
Founder and CEO, Microchip Technology
Location
Arizona, USA
Inducted
2013

Powers

Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Punjab Engineering College
Master's in Engineering, University of Massachusetts
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Microchip Technology, Inc. at Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. 
Credited with transforming Microchip into a billion-dollar company specializing in microcontrollers.

Wisdom

I am honored to be included among this esteemed group of individuals who recognize that it is our responsibility to prepare the next generation of engineers, innovators, and scientists, so they can define new technology to create a stronger economy through education.

Enrique R. Santa Cruz Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Team 52 | Walden Grove Red Wolves
Organization
Walden Grove/Sahuarita HS
Location
Arizona, USA
Inducted
2010

Powers

Founder of the school's Robotics & Automation Program
Instructor, Robotics & Automation

Wisdom

As a high school dropout, I want to acknowledge my greatest instructors--my three uncles, Joe, George and Anthony Rivera. Their journeyman trade skills which they taught me as their apprentice allowed me to pass on their knowledge to the students I teach now.

Foster Schucker Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
Multiple Teams
Organization
Multiple Schools
Location
Pennsylvania, USA
Inducted
2010

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A builder and a maker and part of the start of the computer age
Held the initial VEX Robotics Championship Delaware State Championship in 2012 - the first ever to take place in a C5 Hangar
Co-creator of STEM Robotics, a 501c3 non-profit organization, with Steve Rhoades

Wisdom

The best part is getting kids excited with hands-on STEM--the 'ah-ha' moment as they become fully engaged.  The second best part is when parents become engaged too, encouraging their child to pursue robotics.  Seeing them head towards a STEM-based career makes all the work worth it.

Jim Schulte Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Create Foundation
Location
Nebraska, USA
Inducted
2009

Powers

B.S., Mathematics, Creighton University
A founding member of the CREATE Foundation
Principal and partner in several companies
Former VP of Information Technology at ConAgra Foods

Wisdom

As the head of IT for a large multi-national corporation, I saw how the rest of the world competes for good technology jobs. I realized we in the U.S. needed to increase our interest and involvement in STEM. Robotics competitions are the best way I have found to do this.

Professor Tarek Shraibati Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
1070 | Royal Robotrons
Organization
Louisville High School
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2008

Powers

27-year educator in the School of Engineering, California State University, Northridge, CA
Member of the Board of LA Robotics and the FUTURE Foundation

Wisdom

We live in an increasingly technology-dependent society. If we want to be a technological leader, then we must increase the number of young people going into engineering. As the folks at NASA say, "Failure is not an option," when it comes to this critical national need.

Chris Siegert Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
599 and 1508 | Robodox and LancerBots
Organization
Granada Hills Charter HS and Grant HS
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2009

Powers

Retired engineer with 25 years at Lockheed Martin in avionics and control systems engineering
Awarded the Lockheed Martin Engineer of the Year award in 1981
Robotics mentor for 10+ years
Maintains "Vamfun" - a robotics blog

Wisdom

I did some mentoring within a school system.  Then, I figured out that robotics was an area where I could apply my professional engineering background and also help kids learn.  Kids love to be around VEX robots, and there are not many platforms that integrate all the STEM elements so nicely in one package.

Debbie Sterling STEM Hero

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Title
Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2016

Powers

The Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, the award-winning children’s multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character. Debbie received her degree in Engineering at Stanford University in 2005.

Wisdom

Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, and one of the leaders in the movement toward empowering girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures. She was named TIME’s "Person of the Moment,” honored by the National Retail Foundation as one of 25 “People Shaping Retail’s Future,” and was recently added to Fortune Magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. In 2015, Debbie was inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.

Daniel Tani STEM Hero

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Title
NASA Astronaut
Location
Illinois
Inducted
2017

Powers

Daniel M. Tani (born February 1, 1961) is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. Although born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, he considers Lombard, Illinois, to be his hometown. With Peggy Whitson, Tani conducted the 100th spacewalk on the International Space Station.

Wisdom

To look down at the earth and see both very familiar sights like your hometown and unfamiliar sights like the middle of Australia, which is incredibly beautiful, the colors and textures of central Australia are just spectacular, that was a motivator every day for space for me. Even out the little window, it was amazing.
Raul Torres

Raul Torres Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
8787 A-D, 8787 Eastwood Mini Troopers, 8585 Mini Troopers | Eastwood Robotics
Organization
Eastwood High School
Location
Texas, USA
Inducted
2017

Powers

BS, Major In Mathematics, Minor in Education from U. of Texas El Paso; Certified In RobotC VEX Graphical, Natural and Textual Language by Carnegie Mellon University; Certified In Mathematics & Tech. Ed. Teaching Credentials: Geometry, Robotics & Automation, Engineering Math and Engineering and Presentation

Wisdom

I give this award to my Family, my Students, and my Administration because without their support and guidance, none of this would have been possible. But overall, I give this award to God. "I have learned that when you do things to glorify him, you can't go wrong and he will support you, win or lose."

Osa Tui Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Location
Hawaii, USA
Inducted
2016

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Wisdom

Joseph Vanderway Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
Team 599 | Robodox
Organization
Granada Hills Charter High
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2008

Powers

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
FIRST Woodie Flowers Finalist - Los Angeles, 2007
FIRST Regional Outstanding Volunteer - 2009

Wisdom

I believe the way to solve our problems is to move forward, to learn, to grow and expand our understanding of the universe and ourselves.  The best way I can think of doing this is to encourage young people to be curious, to want to know, and to learn to work together.  Competitive robotics does just that.

Conan Viernes Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
About 80 different teams served, VEXIQ and VRC, University of Washington GEAR UP program, Toppenish, WA
Organization
University of Washington
Location
Washington, USA
Inducted
2014

Powers

Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, University of Washington; Master’s Degree in Counseling, M.Ed., Heritage University; 8 year service award at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Advanced Network Technology Development Group

Wisdom

Spend your time and energy wisely; focus is the key. My motto: Be good at a lot of things and exceptional at one or two!

Sherri Whitehead Teacher of the Year

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Team(s)
10740, B, C, D, E, and F
Organization
Oak Mountain Middle School
Location
Alabama, USA
Inducted
2016

Powers

B.S. Finance/Economics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB); Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Certified Teacher: Design & Modeling, Automation & Robotics; and Green Architecture AMSTI Trainer

Wisdom

Eight years ago I left a career in finance to teach math at the middle school level. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students because they are our future. Never did I realize how much I would learn from them. We are in this journey together. While I am there to guide and direct, I love that my students are given the opportunity to learn about STEM through hands-on applications that VEX Robotics and PLTW provide. My students the real heroes!

Brigitte Wiegand Mentor of the Year

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Team(s)
98000 A-K | FMS Robotics
Organization
Foothills Middle School
Location
Washington, USA
Inducted
2018

Powers

My superpower is, providing a dynamic STEM experience in a positive, hands-on, collaborative environment.

Wisdom

Celebrate a student's success one failure at a time.

Winfried Wilcke STEM Hero

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Title
Sr. Manager, Nanoscale Science & Technology; Distinguished RSM IBM Research Division
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2015

Powers

PhD in experimental nuclear physics, 120+ publications in nuclear heavy-ion & muon nuclear physics, computer architecture & energy storage at IBM Research, HAL computer (CTO) and U. Rochester. Key role in creation of distributed memory supercomputers, creation of 64-bit SPARC architecture & experimental data storage systems. Founder of "Beyond Lithium Ion" conference & Battery 500 project. Interests: flying, sailing & scuba.

Wisdom

Good things happen to those who see opportunities, not to those who see obstacles.

Jay Winters Volunteer of the Year

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Team(s)
Organization
Location
California, USA
Inducted
2015

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Wisdom