Watch the VEX Robotics All-Star Challenge Live online

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The VEX Robotics All-Star Challenge (Nov. 12?14, 2009) is being live-streamed over the internet from Disney World in Florida. For readers that aren’t already familar with the exciting VEX robotics competitions, we’ve included the event press release below.

Innovation First International Announces Inaugural VEX Robotics All-Star Challenge At Disney’s Wide World of SportsR Complex on November 12-14, 2009


Multi-year Agreement with DISNEY’S WIDE WORLD of SPORTSR COMPLEX Continues Growing Roster of 150+ VEX Tournaments


Greenville, Texas- November 11, 2009 - Dedicated to taking robotics competitions to the next level, Innovation First International, creator of the VEX Robotics Design System and VEX Robotics Competition World Championship, today announced the first annual VEX Robotics All-Star Challenge presented by NASA, Autodesk, EMC Corporation and iRobot.  The tournament will be held at Disney’s Wide World of SportsR Complex at the WALT DISNEY WORLDR Resort near Orlando, Florida on November 12-14, 2009.  Innovation First International will also broadcast the competition live over the Internet at


The two day competition, focused on stimulating interest in science, technology, engineering and math, is open to registered VEX Robotics teams from around the world.  Adding more excitement to the event, top qualifying teams will earn a spot at the 2010 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship. “We are thrilled to kick off the VEX Robotics All-Star Challenge at Disney’s Wide World of SportsR Complex and believe that a competition hosted at Disney’s state-of-the-art facilities will provide the ideal arena for participants and fans,” said Jason Morrella, senior director of education and competition for Innovation First International. “This will be a great opportunity for students to get experience competing in a large venue, with and against some of the best performing VEX teams.”


“It is important that we support the next generation of engineers as they set off to change the world. VEX Robotics Competitions bring the excitement of robotics to today's youth and help them develop critical science, technology, engineering, and math skills,” said Colin Angle, chairman and chief executive officer of iRobot -- a global leader in the emerging robot industry, committed to designing and building robots that make a difference in people's lives.


“We are delighted to support VEX Robotics,” said Jessica Anderson, EMC’s vice president of global corporate affairs & public policy.  "As a leading global technology company, we recognize robotics as a rewarding platform to teach students how to excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as equip them with the real-world skills necessary to thrive in the technological economy of the future.”


At the VEX Robotics Competition All-Star Challenge, teams will form strategic alliances during a series match-ups as they challenge their toughest competitors using robots programmed and designed to execute the 2009/2010 Clean Sweep game, developed by Innovation First International.  Clean Sweep is played on a 12’x12’ square field where two alliances comprised of two teams compete against one another.  Each match consists of a twenty-second autonomous operation where robots are controlled by onboard software, followed by two minutes of human-operated play.  In addition to the All-Star Challenge, teams can sign up for any of the more than 150 official VEX Robotics Competition tournaments held throughout the United States and around the world through Local organizers interested in hosting tournaments for schools and teams in their region are invited to become VEX Robotics Competition partners. Groups interested in starting an event in their city can contact VEX Robotics at See for more information on the VEX Robotics Design System and the VEX Robotics World Championship.


About Innovation First International

Innovation First International, a privately held corporation, was founded on the belief that innovation very early in the design process is necessary to produce simple and elegant product designs.  Innovation First began producing electronics for unmanned mobile ground robots, and is now an industry leader in the hobby, competition, education and toy markets.  The company’s award winning Vex Robotics Design System, HEXBUG Micro Robotic Creatures and IFI Robotics span the education, consumer and business-to-business markets. The company created the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in 2007, designed to give a diverse group of students the chance to celebrate their accomplishments and share their passion for robotics with each other.  Leveraging the company’s core competency in electrical and mechanical engineering, the Rack Solutions division works closely with all major computer OEMs to provide custom mounting solutions and industry-wide rack compatibility for data installations of all sizes.  With an advanced in-house metal fabrication plant, distribution center, and office located together in a 13 a cre complex in Greenville, Texas, the company is poised to continue on a rapid growth path.  Please visit for additional information.


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