I am responding merely to make sure that the correct facts are out there.
First, VEX Robotics has no employees or contractors in MN. As the president of VEX Robotics I would know.
Also, I know I have said it before, but I will say it again. VEX Robotics does not run robotics competitions. We are a robotic platform provider focusing on classroom, homeschool, and afterschool / workshop educational products and after school competition robot kits and parts.
We partner with many organizations, including TSA, BEST, PLTW and FIRST to provide product for their curriculum and competitions.
Our largest partner, the REC Foundation runs all of the VEX Competitions. We are contracted with them to provide the equipment and contribute to Game Design.
Now, the RECF has a representative in MN, as well as, volunteers that run events. They are called Event Partners. These EPs are VEX enthusiasts and sometimes will get overly enthusiastic about the program.
Neither VEX, nor the RECF, encourage promoting VEX Competitions at the expense of other programs. When we get actual evidence that this is happening we take corrective actions with the individual.
VEX, as a for profit product company, thinks that the more programs a school participates in the better. Some of our best customers participate in PLTW, TSA, BEST, FIRST, and VEX competitions.
We spend an incredible amount of focus on in classroom usage because, quite frankly, I believe that extra-curricular robotics competitions, while fun, are not enough to change the way our children and young adults learn.
Now for a bit of editorializing. Minnesota enthusiasts for both VRC and FRC are the most “aggressive” I have seen. For this one example you have laid out in your initial post, I have 3 e-mails in my inbox complaining to me about similar behavior by FRC enthusiasts. In discussing with FIRST HQ, the FRC folks do not endorse that behavior, just like the REC Foundation and VEX do not endorse that behavior.
In any case, we are trying to raise the tide and want schools to participate in as many programs as they feel they can afford.
PS - One last thing: if it isn’t obvious from my post, VEX is spelled VEX not Vex. Our style guide is linked here for anyone who is interested. https://www.vexrobotics.com/contact-us/marketing-assets