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. We are very excited to see your entries for this new season, and wish you the very best of luck and skill!


2017-2018 Online Challenges are Here!

We have released the names of this season's confirmed Online Challenges so that you can begin to plan and prepare your entries for when challenges open for submission in early Fall 2017. Exact details and requirements for the new challenges will be added over the next few months up until the release date, so keep checking back! Challenges will open for submission on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM CDT.

Have a Question? Post on the Forum.

Please post your questions in the Online Challenges Official Q&A section on the VEX Forum. Go to www.vexforum.com, and navigate to Competitions > Online Challenges > Online Challenges Official Q&A at the top.

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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. Tune in closer to Fall of 2017 for details on this season's new challenge!

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VEX Robotics Photography 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

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. Check back in Fall 2017 for exact details on this season's new challenge.

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Texas Instruments Electronics 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

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. Check back in Fall 2017 for more details on this season's new challenge!

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VRC Game Design Animation 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 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. Check back near Fall 2017 for details on what aspects need to be included for this season's new challenge!

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VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award

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 IQ team that has created and submitted an outstanding VEX IQ 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. Check back in Fall 2017 for more details!

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VEX Robotics Competition Promote Award

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. Check back in Fall 2017 for more details!

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REC Foundation STEM Educational Video

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

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. Check back in Fall 2017 for more details on this seaason's new challenge!

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FUTURE Foundation Recycling 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

With 10 years of VRC games we know there many old game elements out there, so we are challenging teams to take a look in storage rooms and closets to find those old stars, Skyrise pieces, cubes, balls, etc. Think of a creative plan to give old VRC game objects a new purpose. Consider making something to assist a teacher or students in a classroom, or something that can make simple tasks around the home or office a little easier. While developing this challenge we constructed a working floor lamp out of the Skyrise pieces. Check back in Fall 2017 for more details!

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Dell Technologies Robotics Team/Club Website 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

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. Check back in Fall 2017 for more details!

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Girl Powered: In Her Words Storybook 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 year was our kickoff of Girl Powered, an initiative to increase the representation of girls on robotics teams, and we received some of the most amazing entries ever! This season we would like to again invite girls on VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics Competition teams to participate. More details will be available during Fall of 2017.

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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 VRC and VEX IQ Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds. Test your skills and qualify to compete at VEX Worlds 2018! Check back in Fall 2017 for more details!

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