Harker upper and middle school VEX robotics teams were named world champions at the VEX Robotics World Championship held May 16-22. The VEX Robotics World Championship is the largest robotics competition in the world with over 8,600 students and 798 teams from more than 30 countries competing. The 798 teams were selected from more than 12,000 teams based on their performance in various events throughout the season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition was held remotely. The VEX World Live Remote Tournament (LRT) Championship pitted a pair of teams against each other to score as many points as possible. The VEX World Live Remote Skills (LRS) Championship challenged a single robot to score as many points as it could.
Sophomores Amrita Pasupathy and Nidhya Shivakumar won the High School VEX World LRT Championship and were crowned world champions. Pasupathy and Shivakumar were undefeated among the 307 participating high school teams throughout the qualifying and elimination rounds until the finals of the tournament, in which they competed against the best high school teams in the world. In the finals, the pair won two out of the three matches to be crowned world champs.
In the Middle School VEX World LRT Championship, the one-person team of Kaitlyn Su, grade 8, was crowned the world champion in the middle school division, comprising 166 teams. She went undefeated against the best middle school teams in the world. She won all her matches in the qualifying and elimination rounds, including a sweep of the finals.
In the High School VEX World LRS Championship (comprising 189 high school teams), ninth graders Jordan Labio, Sriram Bhimaraju and Zachary Blue earned the coveted Judges Award, given to the team that is most deserving of special recognition.