Governor Susanna Martinez
New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez (center) at the VEX robotics competition at UNM
Credit: Ethan Rule

Governor Susanna Martinez was on hand as students from elementary, middle and high schools around the state gathered at the UNM School of Engineering Centennial Center on Saturday for the UNM VEX Robotics Competition. About 70 students participated in the competion. Martinez announced that Hispanic students in New Mexico had improved Advanced Placement scores over the past year

The students battled throughout the day with robots they created from the VEX Robotics Design System in games of “Toss Up” and “Add it up.” The games were developed by VEX Robotics, Inc. and the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, leaders in educational and competitive robotics. The sponsor of the UNM event is 3D Proven Systems. 

VEX Robotics Competition Results:
VEX robotics competition at UNM's Centennial Engineering Center
VEX robotics competition at UNM's Centennial Engineering Center
Excellence Award: Cleveland Middle School
Tournament Champions (teamwork): Taft Middle School and the ASK Academy
Programming Skills: The ASK Academy
Robot Skills Winner: Cleveland Middle School
Design Award: The ASK Academy
VEX IQ Robotic Competition
Excellence Award: Carlos Rey Elementary
Team Champion Award: Carlos Rey 
Robot Skills Champion Award: Carlos Rey
Design Award: Mountain Mahogany Community School

New Mexico State University will hold a competition on Feb. 16 in Las Cruces.

Top teams from local and state competitions will competed against each other at the VEX Robotics World Championship which takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. later this spring. The world championship will bring teams from Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Puerto Rick, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States together.