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In 2001, twenty-five high school students and three teachers came together to compete in the first New Mexico RoboRAVE.
R.A.V.E. stands for Robots Are Very Educational.
In 2002 the competition became a program of Inquiry Facilitators Inc.,a nonprofit founded by Russ Fisher-Ives, a former math and physics teacher and one of the competition’s three founders. Since 2002, IF, Inc. has provided almost two hundred robotics workshops for students and teachers in every corner of the state.
Teams from other countries began competing in 2008, and the name was changed to RoboRAVE International. They were so enthusiastic they wanted to hold the competition in their own countries. The first RoboRAVE-Czech Republic was held in 2012, RoboRAVE-Colombia premiered in October 2013, and RoboRAVE-Mexico and RoboRAVE-China will be launched in the summer of 2014. Plans are underway to create RoboRAVE-Native America.
RoboRAVE International is now New Mexico’s largest K-12 robotics competition. In May 2013, over 1300 elementary, middle, and high school students from more than seventy New Mexico schools and organizations, plus four countries, competed in the annual competition held in Albuquerque, aka Roboquerque.