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Online Challenges

2018 REC Foundation Online Challenges

The REC Foundation's Online Challenges provide a unique opportunity for students from around the world to participate in VEX Robotics Competition, VEX U and VEX IQ Challenge-based engineering competitions. Students can show off their work, win prizes, and even win a chance to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship. The REC Foundation organizes Online Challenges in subjects such as robot construction, sustainable engineering, STEM education, CAD design, animation, and video production. We are very excited to see your entries for this season, and wish you the very best of luck and skill!


2017-2018 Online Challenges are Open for Submission!

This season's REC Foundation Online Challenges are officially open for submission! We are impressed and inspired by your entries each year, and cannot wait to see what you have in store for us this season. We wish you the very best of luck and skill!

Have a Question? Post on the Forum.

Please post your questions in the Online Challenges Official Q&A sections on the Forums. For VRC questions, go to www.vexforum.com, and navigate to Competitions > Online Challenges > Online Challenges Official Q&A at the top. For VIQC questions, go to www.vexiqforum.com, and find the Online Challenges Official Q&A Sub-Forum under the VIQC Ringmaster (2017-2018 Game) Forum topic.

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Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk ®

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

Have you ever wanted a particular component for your robot that was not included in the kit of parts? Do you want to design and make something unique that sets you apart from your peers? Then the “Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge” is for you! Autodesk is sponsoring this challenge and giving you a chance to focus your passion for CAD and apply your skills to solve a real world design issue.

In this challenge, you will use the same Autodesk 3D design software used by professionals to conceptualize and model a new part for a robot that improves its functionality or...

VEX Photography Online Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

Last season marked the tenth anniversary of the VEX Robotics World Championship, and after so many years of experience, we would love to see exactly what it is that you truly love about the program. Submit a photo that best represents what you love about being involved in robotics. Use photography to tell a complete story with one photograph, focusing on your favorite aspect of VIQC, VRC or VEX U. Compose a photo that conveys an emotion, specifically the feeling you experience when you are doing what you love most.

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VEX Game Design Animation Online Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

Create an animated video or simulation that shows and explains a VEX Robotics Competition game. This is your chance to get creative and invent a game within the requirements of this challenge, and demonstrate the game being played in a virtual environment. Construct a “real” VRC game that is affordable, easily constructed by volunteers, obeys the laws of physics, has understandable rules, is interesting for participants to play and audiences to watch.

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VIQC Promote Award Online Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

The Promote Award is presented to a VIQC team that has created and submitted an outstanding VIQC promotional video. This video promotes the team in the community in order to recruit new students, mentors, and support. This video may be about what the team does, why other youth would love building robots and why they should join the team or start a new team, how the team builds their robot, or what they learn from the VEX IQ Challenge. 

This is your big chance to tell us how great your team is! Be creative and have fun making a video which shows one or more of these parts of...


VRC Promote Award Online Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

The Promote Award is presented to a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) or VEX U team that has created and submitted an outstanding promotional video. The goal of this video is to help the team introduce itself in the community, to help recruit new students and mentors, and to gain support for the team. This video may be about the team, the program, the competition, the design and build process, the robot itself, or any theme the team believes can help promote its VEX Robotics program in their community.

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REC Foundation STEM Educational Video Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

Who is your STEM Superstar? There are countless heroes and heroines in STEM who amaze and inspire us, innovators and creative thinkers who stand out from the crowd as brave leaders in their fields. For this year’s educational video challenge, pick a pioneer in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics and teach us about her/him. This person can be current or historical, and must have (or is having) a significant impact on advancing STEM fields. Your STEM superstar may be an inventor, researcher, scientist, experimenter, tester of boundaries, writer, engineer, mathematician, or...


Recycling Online Challenge Sponsored by FUTURE Foundation

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

With ten years of VRC events and competitions, we know there are a great deal of old game elements out there. We would like to challenge teams to look in storage rooms, closets, and boxes to find previously used stars, Skyrise pieces, cubes, balls, etc. Take some time to think of a creative plan to give old VRC game objects a new purpose. Consider how you can make something to assist a teacher or students in a classroom, or perhaps something that can make simple tasks around the home or office a little easier. For example, we constructed a working floor lamp out of the Skyrise pieces while...


Robotics Team Website Challenge Sponsored by Dell

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

This challenge is to develop a website that promotes your entire robotics program – your VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, or VEX U team(s) and any other robotics programs you participate in, your outreach activities, how to join, what you have done, who you are, where you are, and what you plan to do in the future. In short, build a website that tells the world how great youth robotics is and how special your program is. You are encouraged to promote all the STEM activities in which your robotics program participates (VRC, BEST, Botball, FIRST, TSA, PLTW, SKILLS USA,...


VRC Girl Powered Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

Girl Powered is an initiative to redefine the face of STEM by creating a more inclusive environment for all students within the robotics community. Together, with the support of the entire community, we strive to encourage equal participation of young women and men in competitive robotics. We want to use this challenge to show the robotics community at large just what it means to be a Girl Powered VEX Robotics Competition team!

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • When you hear the phrase, Girl Powered, what comes to mind? How is it reflected in...
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VIQC Girl Powered Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

Girl Powered is an initiative to redefine the face of STEM by creating a more inclusive environment for all students within the robotics community. Together, with the support of the entire community, we strive to encourage equal participation of young women and men in competitive robotics. We want to use this challenge to show the robotics community at large just what it means to be a Girl Powered VEX IQ Challenge team!

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • When you hear the phrase, Girl Powered, what comes to mind? How is it reflected in your...
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Electronics Online Challenge Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Opens: Wed, Sep 13, 2017 8:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 10, 2018 1:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge VEX Robotics Competition VEX U Open to All

NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! Texas Instruments (TI) is one of the largest semiconductor design and manufacturing companies in the world. That means we make amazing technology that is inside many of the most innovative electronic products you use every day. For example, TI components are inside the VIQC controller, BEATS headphones, GoPro Hero 4 camera, Tesla cars, and the Samsung Galaxy. We challenge you to find a device (we recommend choosing something you don’t mind breaking apart, for example an old phone), and carefully deconstruct the device so...


Robot Virtual Worlds Online Challenge Sponsored by Robomatter

NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! Robomatter and the REC Foundation are proud to announce the VRC In the Zone and VIQC Ringmaster Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds. Test your skills and qualify to compete at VEX Worlds 2018!

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