Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

Texas Team “What Have You Learned?” Video

VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) teams in the state of Texas are invited to create and submit an original YouTube video to tell the world what they have learned while participating in the VEX Robotics Competition.

 

Prizes

  • 1st: FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Award: $750 VEXrobotics.com gift certificate and automatic team qualification for the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship if the entrant is part of a registered VRC, VEX U or VEX IQ Challenge team
  • 2nd: $500 vexrobotics.com gift certificate
  • 3rd: $250 vexrobotics.com gift certificate

Requirements

Overview

VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) teams in the state of Texas are invited to create and submit an original YouTube video to tell the world what they have learned while participating in the VEX Robotics Competition. This online challenge is part of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and Texas Workforce Commission’s initiative to develop 400 new High School VRC teams and support an additional 100 existing VRC teams.

Teams should focus on issues like team organization, robot construction, lessons you have learned, obstacles you faced, your sponsors, and the importance of robotics. See the “Evaluation Criteria” below for more details.

Eligibility
  • This challenge is open to any VEX Robotics Competition team registered in Texas for the 2013-2014 season.
  • Designs submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
Requirements

These are the minimum requirements for this challenge. The “Evaluation” section below will provide additional guidance on how your project will be judged. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements may result in your entry being disqualified from advancing to Finalist or Winner status.

  • All team members must appear in the video.
  • Videos must be no more than three minutes long, submitted to YouTube, plus an additional credits section at the end, up to 15 seconds long.
  • At the end of the video, there must be a credits section up to 15 seconds long which includes the name of the entrant or entrants, the VRC team number of the team, and the name of the video, plus any other information the creators want to include (software used, recognition of sponsors, etc.)
  • Videos submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
Judging

Judges will select ten finalists from the submitted entries, and will take community voting results into account in making their choices. The finalist submissions will then be judged by additional selected professionals whose scores will be combined with the preliminary-round judges’ scores to determine the winner of the FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge.

Evaluation and Additional Information

Your video should focus on what you learned from your experience on your VRC team. The judges will be looking for clarity, depth, and insight into these questions:

  • How did your team select its members?
  • What is the most important component of your robot construction and why?
  • What do your team members feel is the most important lesson they have learned as a result of participating in the VEX Robotics Competition?
  • What obstacles did your team have to overcome while designing and building your robot?
  • Who are the sponsors who made it possible for your team to participate in the VEX Robotics Competition?
  • Why does your team think it is important that all students have access to robotics programs?
The judges will evaluate each entry on:
  • The entry answers the questions above, and the quality of the responses.
  • The video is easily understood, clearly presented, and creative. It is enjoyable to watch.
  • The video is of high production quality, with good video, editing and sound.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 2:57 PM CST

Opens:

Tue, Sep 16, 2014 5:00 PM CDT

Closes:

Tue, Jan 13, 2015 4:00 PM CST

Voting Ends:

Sun, Feb 15, 2015 4:00 PM CST