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, 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.

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 few years with new challenges and interesting twists, we expect that this year will generate even more student excitement than last.

Click on each of the challenges below to learn more and start working on your submission right away! You may enter as many Online Challenges as you wish; however, only one entry per challenge is permitted by the same person (if an individual entry) or team (if a group/team entry).

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REC Foundation STEM Educational Video

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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

In order to help a new team better design and build their robot, create a video to teach them something about STEM concepts applied to robotics. Focus on the science, construction, engineering, and/or math of designing and building robots. You should come up with your own idea, but here are some sample ideas from previous years’ STEM Educational Videos:

  • How to calculate loads for robotics mechanisms.
  • How to build a specific mechanism such as a drive train or lifting arm.
  • How to best use specific robotics components in...
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Girl Powered: In Her Words Storybook Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 1:00 PM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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

In marking the kickoff of Girl Powered, an initiative to increase the representation of girls on robotics teams, the REC Foundation would like to invite girls on VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics Competition teams to create a story focused on their path in designing, programming, and building a robot or one aspect of their team’s development over the season. This is a unique opportunity for your team to share what’s most important to you, how you overcame particular challenges during the season, and, most of all, what it's like to participate in robotics!

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EMC Robotics Team/Club Website Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 1:00 PM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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 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,...


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

Robomatter and the REC Foundation are proud to announce the VRC and VEX IQ Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds. Test your skills and qualify to compete at VEX Worlds 2017!

The two winners of the Robomatter sponsored VEX Starstruck - Classroom Clash and VEX IQ Crossover - Classroom Clash Robot Virtual Worlds competition will recieve an invitation to compete at the 2017 VEX Robotics World Championship at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

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


Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge, Sponsored by Autodesk ®

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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...


Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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...


VEX Robotics Photography Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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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VRC Game Design Animation Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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. This is your chance to get creative and invent a new game within the requirements of this challenge, and demonstrate the game being played in a virtual environment.  

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VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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 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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FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge

Opens: Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT
Closes: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:00 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

Design a robot that can provide companionship, assist with simple tasks, and could be integrated into a home environment of the future.  Use VEX parts in at least 50% of the design, including the use of a VEX control system. Design your futuristic robot to perform functions that are safe for the robot and anyone with whom it would interact. 

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