VEX Robotics winners to go Stateside

Three UK schools book a place at Innovation First's US robot battle grand final.
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Kids from three UK schools will head to the VEX World Championships in California later this month.

The first-ever UK VEX National Championships was held in March and pupils from East Barnet School, Great Sankey High School in Cheshire, and John Warner School in Hoddeson came out on top. Scrapheap Challenge presenter Robert Llewellyn was selected by Innovation First to host the event.

The teams are now preparing for the 2012 VEX World Championships which start on April 18th.

The VEX Robotics was set up by Hexbug maker Innovation First, which actually started out by producing electronics for autonomous mobile ground robots, but soon after began supplying the educational sector with competitive robotics products via its VEX Robotics Design System, which allows students to design robots to battle against each other.

Innovation First created Hexbug so that students could sell them to raise funds to take part in VEX Robotics competitions. The brand then caught the eye of Radio Shack - the first retailer to sell them commerically.

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