Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

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 and VEX IQ Challenge-based engineering competitions. Students can show off their work, win prizes, and even get a chance to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship. The REC Foundation organizes Online Challenges in subjects such as robot construction, sustainable engineering, animation, and video production.

Students from all over the world have participated in past challenges, and we are proud to announce the challenges for this season. Mixing successful ideas from the past four years with new challenges and interesting twists, we expect that this year will generate even more student excitement than last.

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Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge, Sponsored by Autodesk ®

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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...

EMC Robotics Team/Club Website Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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 Robotics Competition, VEX U, or VEX IQ Challenge 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,...


Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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

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, you may not have realized it but TI technology is at the heart of the VEX IQ controller and many TI components are used inside the device. We want to challenge you to look at your world with the eyes of an engineer and explore the inner-workings of an electronic device of your choice. Once you choose a product, you will deconstruct the device, catalog...


FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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

Build a robot or robotics machine out of VEX Robotics component that supports the learning process in a school. We want you to use your imagination to build a VEX-based robot or robotics machine that can help teachers and students both. This robot needs to be directly involved in the educational process, so a robotic earthquake “shaker table” would qualify, but a t-shirt cannon would not. Think outside the normal robot box – how could you help in language arts, history, theater, economics, art or music; as well as the more traditional options of science, technology,...


VRC Game Design Animation Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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 that shows and explains a new VEX Robotics Competition game. 

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VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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 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 building VEX IQ Challenge robots:

  • Why other youth would love building robots and should start a team or join your team
  • What your team does
  • How you design and build your robot
  • What you learn from the VEX IQ Challenge

You will see the rules for the challenge below, but the most important thing is to get people excited about what your team does!

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VEX Robotics Competition Promote Award

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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, mentors, and 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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RECF STEM Educational Video

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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 a video to teach a new team something about the creation and management of an effective team STEM process that can help them better prepare for competition. You should come up with your own idea, but here are some sample ideas from previous years’ Educational Videos:

  • How to analyze an engineering game or challenge to create an optimal strategy
  • How to build an effective team
  • How to test a mechanisms
  • What kind of engineering process works best, and how to document it
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VEX Robotics Photography Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM 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

Showcase youth using VEX to explore STEM. Compose a photograph that features one or more students working on a robot, testing, planning or celebrating your VEX team’s accomplishments. Use photography to tell the judges something about your own story of involvement on a competition team, in a classroom, or as a hobbyist working with VEX.

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Robomatter VRC and VEX IQ Challenge Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds

Robomatter and the REC Foundation are proud to announce the VEX and VEX IQ Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds. Test your skills and win a trip to the 2016 VEX Worlds!

The two winners of the Robomatter sponsored VEX Nothing But Net and VEX IQ Bank Shot Robot Virtual World competition will recieve an invitation to the VEX World Championship April 20-23, 2016 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville Kentucky.

Click the link below to see the complete rules and how to enter this exciting challenge.

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