Harker upper and middle school VEX robotics teams became the World Champions at the VEX Robotics Worlds Championships held between May 16-22. VEX Robotics World Championships is the largest robotics competition in the world with over 8600 students and 798 teams from over 30 countries competing in this event. The 798 teams were selected from over 12,000 teams based on their performance in various events throughout the season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the championships were 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 the VEX Robotics World Champions. 307 high school teams from across the globe participated and they were undefeated throughout the qualifying and elimination rounds until the finals of the tournament playing against the best high school teams in the world. In the finals they won two out of the three matches to be crowned the world champions.
In the Middle School VEX World LRT Championship, the one-person team of eighth grader Kaitlyn Su was also crowned the VEX Robotics World Champions 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 (comprised of 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.