THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS
Help Us Make Participation Possible for More Kids
Sponsor, volunteer, give. We need you!
VEX MN programs serve as a tool for student engagement in STEM, while also developing critical life skills and preparing students for the 21st-century workforce. With that awareness, students are exposed to a number of potential fields or work that could provide a rewarding career and life. That awareness will get them to engage in the development processes through the schools (middle, high and post-secondary). Eventually landing them at good employers.
WHY SUPPORT VEX MN ROBOTICS?
- To Build Strong Students
- To Build Strong Communities
- To Build Strong Partnerships
- To Promote STEM(R) Education
- To Prepare Students for the Future
WHY BE A SPONSOR? Many businesses in Minnesota are in need of skilled labor. By being involved, companies can help create a future workforce to meet their demanding shortage with skilled students from the VEX MN program. As a Sponsor, you:
- Are investing in your associate pipeline AND
- Helping create excitement around STEM(R) careers
Gifts of all sizes collectively make a large impact on the VEX Robotics program.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED? We need volunteers and individual contributions, too!
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Volunteers are a crucial part to our VEX tournaments. Without them, we couldn't make them happen. events. Be part of this by volunteering.
BE A CORPORATE SPONSOR
Sponsoring VEX is just one way to develop the workforce and leaders of tomorrow. All companies stand to benefit by having young employees with the STEM and soft skills VEX helps to nuture.
GIVE TO VEX
VEX is a cause that helps build imaginations. One kid. One robot. One competition at a time. Be a part of something remarkable.
WHAT ARE THE FUNDS WE RAISE USED FOR?
Although students pay to participate, that only covers a portion of the total expenses. We rely on sponsor donations to cover program and administration costs; industry and school volunteers to keep our administrative costs low. For every dollar donated, 85 cents go to the robotics programs and kids.
HERE'S WHAT A FEw OF OUR SPONSORS HAVE TO SAY
VEX provides tools for today's educators, mentors, and parents to inspire the problem solvers of tomorrow.
According to the National Math & Science initiative, the U.S. needs one million more STEM professionals over the next decade than what the market will have based on current rates. Central McGowan is a strong supporter of the VEX mission as it is instrumental in helping build the next generation of STEM workers, empower STEM educators and fill the gap.
~ Joe Francis, President & CEO at Central McGowan
VEX is a wonderful way for kids to get hands-on involvement with technology and exposure to STEM careers. I personally know several youth who are pursuing careers in STEM fields due to their work in VEX. Just as important as learning technical skills, kids are participating in VEX to learn how to work on a team, execute projects on a deadline, communicate effectively, and operate under pressure. VEX creates and shapes our future workforce!
~ Joan Schatz, Co-President at Park Industries
By engaging with the schools through VEX, we are actively working to develop tomorrow’s workforce. We believe VEX Robotics is one of the cost-effective ways to create awareness of the opportunities for students while simultaneously developing both the hard and soft skills they will need to thrive in a manufacturing environment. It’s our privilege to support their efforts.”
~ Greg Flint, President & CEO at Cold Spring
HERE'S WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
Our greatest assets are not motors or gears — they’re people! And today's students are the future.
My name is Mahaylia Thaden. I'm the 7th Grade Co-Captain of our new girls' team, Gearbots 7225G. VEX means a lot to me. I love being able to work on a robot and be able to learn new things about robotics everyday. When I first started robotics, I didn’t know how much I would like it, but I ended up loving it. I like being able to work with people and communicate about robotics. It’s interesting to listen to other people point of view on robotics too.
My name is Henry Bergene. I am part of the Southland Rebelbots at Southland High School in Adams, MN. Vex Robotics has taught me a lot about how the engineering process works. I have learned that planning and documentation has a bigger role to play in engineering than I previously thought. This robotics program has also given me a first-hand experience in problem-solving. We encounter many issues every week and it is important to know how to fix those problems quickly but also effectively. Although I don’t do much building on our team, just watching my team members gives me insight as to how engineers handle unexpected outcomes.