Over 1,400 teams from over 30 countries and 49 US states competed on first-ever streaming platforms allowing students to compete in a dynamic real-time, online setting.

The REC Foundation and VEX Robotics hosted the Live Remote VEX Robotics World Championship May 17-29, 2021, which showcased the incredible talent and skills of student competitors. This revolutionary event was recognized by Guinness World Records® as the Largest Online Robot Championships record holder. More than 1,400 combined VEX IQ Challenge Elementary and Middle School and VEX Robotics Competition Middle School and High School teams from over 30 countries and 49 US states competed in live-streamed matches and were crowned champions.

Guinness Attempt

State of the Art Platforms

The REC Foundation and VEX Robotics created new state-of-the-art platforms called Live Remote Tournament and Live Remote Skills interfaces, that leveraged interactive and real-time video streaming and match scoring to unite teams from around the globe with their competition fields and robots. This cutting-edge technology allowed a team located in one country to easily compete with a team in another country, offering the possibility for even more students to get involved in robotics in the future. This technology made a live remote event of this magnitude possible and showcased the innovative problem-solving that VEX Robotics and REC Foundation programs inspire in tomorrow's leaders.
Ways to Compete

Watch Live Remote VEX Worlds

Students also experienced many of the same World Championship traditions as past competitions such as the Parade of Nations along with Inspiration All-Star and Online Challenges awards ceremonies. New additions to the event included a Celebration of Diversity segment, VEX Innovator features, and daily live-streamed morning check-ins, and afternoon recaps on each day’s highlights. Broadcast via YouTube live, the event and matches were accessible for the community to tune into matches to cheer on their teams on a global level and in real-time. All streams are available to watch on the REC Foundation YouTube channel.

Live Remote VEX Worlds Playlist

New Games

The multi-day competition culminated with the unveiling of the 2021-22 competition season games, VEX Robotics Competition: Tipping Point and VEX IQ Challenge: Pitching In. Students have one year to design a robot to play the games, which are available for team registration via the Get Started 2021-22 page.

VEX Virtual Skills

Competition options for the season include in-person, Live Remote Skills and Live Remote Tournaments. Virtual Skills programming lessons are also included in team registration for students to strategize and code their robot using VEXcode VR.

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