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Widener Engineering Hosts Students for VEX Robotics Competition

VEX competition arena

The Schwartz Athletic Center was transformed into a VEX Robotics arena for the Feb. 16 competition.

Chester, Pa. – More than 500 high school, middle and elementary school students from Philadelphia and the surrounding areas competed in the 2018-2019 VEX Robotics Competition at Widener University on Saturday, Feb. 16. The event, which welcomed approximately 1,500 spectators, was hosted by the School of Engineering less than one year after launching the first-in-the-region robotics undergraduate major.

The action-packed tournament, sponsored by Merck, Monroe Energy and Health Mats, featured 96 teams that competed with and against one another in back-to-back robotics challenges. The teams hailed from eight different counties across Pennsylvania to compete in Turning Point, a VEX Competition signature game that required participants to complete a series of tasks for points including stacking caps on posts, flipping caps, stacking balls on caps, toggling flags, throwing balls, and parking robots.

“It was a pleasure to host this exciting competition at Widener for the first time,” said Sachin Patil, interim dean of engineering. “Students continue to show increased interest in the rapidly growing field of robotics engineering. With this event, we were able to connect Widener’s inaugural robotics class with the next generation of engineering students and introduce them to the Widener inside track to a great engineering education. We are grateful for the support we received from the university as well as our sponsors in bringing this signature event to fruition.”

The daylong competition concluded with an awards ceremony. Below is a list of award winners and descriptions:

Excellence Award: VEXMEN: Archangel from Brandywine Robotics Inc.

This award is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. It is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX Robotics program.

Tournament Champions: Knights from the Delaware County Christian School and the Igneous Robotics team

This award is presented to the winning alliance (2 or 3 Teams) of the tournament.

Robot Skills Champion Award: VEXMEN: Archangel from Brandywine Robotics Inc.

Presented to the team with the highest combined programming and driving skills challenge score.

Design Award: Knights from the Delaware County Christian School

This award is presented to a team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management and team organization.

Judges Award: VEXMEN:Ghostrider from Brandywine Robotics, Inc.

Presented to a team that the judges determine is deserving of special recognition. The award is given to a team that displays special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or endeavors throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards, but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition.

Sportsmanship Award: Firebirds from Holy Ghost Preparatory

This award is presented to a team that has earned the respect and admiration of the volunteers and other teams at the event.

This event is one of a series of tournaments taking place internationally throughout the year. VEX Competitions are recognized as the largest and fastest growing competitive robotics programs for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and college aged students around the world. VEX Competitions represent more than 20,000 teams from 45 countries that participate in more than 1,500 VEX Competition events worldwide. The season culminates each spring, with the highly-anticipated VEX Robotics World Championship, uniting top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics events to crown world champions.

The VEX Robotics Competition is managed by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and serves as a vehicle for students to develop critical life skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management, honed through building robots and competing with like-minded students from the local community.

More information about the VEX Robotics Competition is available at,, and

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Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website,