VEX Championship Is Still On Despite Flu

Posted 29 Apr 2009 at 16:09 UTC by steve Share This

The first Swine flu death in the US has occurred in Texas. The CDC expects to see more cases of flu and more deaths in the coming days. This news has prompted schools in Singapore to cancel student trips to the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship, which is scheduled to be held in Dallas, Texas on April 30 through May 2 at the Dallas Convention Center. Over 280 teams from around the world are expected to attend. VEX Robotics has posted a noticed on their site saying the event will go on as planned despite the flu. However, they also note that, in effort to protect the teams attending, if any local authorities close a school, the team from that school cannot participate and is requested to withdraw from the competition. Unfortunately, a post in the Vex forum confirms the Mexican teams will not be able to attend because Mexican authorities have closed all schools nationally. It was announced today that widespread school closings could begin in the US if the situation grows more serious, and some Texas schools are already closing so other teams should monitor the news over the next few days.

Update, posted 30 Apr 2009 at 03:14 UTC by steve » (Master)

More updates are being posted in the Vex forum. A number of US teams have now withdrawn from the event.

Another recent development is that some hours ago Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a disaster declaration for the entire State.

The Texas University Interscholastic League has suspended all academic sporting events and competitions.

Update 2, posted 30 Apr 2009 at 13:27 UTC by steve » (Master)

Over 100 schools are closed in the US according to CNN. This includes all schools in Ft. Worth, TX.

A Sick Swirling Vexation , posted 30 Apr 2009 at 19:32 UTC by The Swirling Brain » (Master)

If the VEX robotics contest was an aerial robotics contest then they definitely would have flew. ;-)

First day went pretty well, posted 1 May 2009 at 05:05 UTC by steve » (Master)

I shot a lot of photos on the first day. Mostly practice runs and testing. Since I got drafted into a being a judge, I may not be able to shoot many photos Fri/Sat. Once it's all over and I get a chance to upload all the pics, I'll write a longer post about the whole thing.

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