Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

2011 Challenges

Autodesk® Inventor 2011 Digital Prototyping Challenge

Opens: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 11:59 PM CST

Using Autodesk Inventor 2011, design a VEX robot that performs a task falling under one or more of the following categories: industry, science, exploration, medicine, or law enforcement.
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VRC Promote Award

Opens: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 11:59 PM CST

The Promote Award is presented to a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) team that has created and submitted an outstanding VEX Robotics video. The goal of this video should be 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. The Promote Award will be awarded in conjunction with the VEX World Championships in April, 2011.
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VEX Robotics Design a Game Animation Challenge

Opens: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 11:59 PM CST

Create an animated video that shows and explains a new VEX Robotics Competition game. The game must incorporate at least one of the challenge objects displayed here. One or more of the challenge objects have to be involved in the scoring of the game. The challenge objects may be used in different sizes as long as the proportions remain unchanged. The submission will be a 3:00 minute long YouTube video. Download CAD models of these objects here.
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FUTURE Foundation Design Challenge

Opens: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 11:59 PM CST

The FUTURE Foundation exists to advance robotics and technology through education. One of the most promising areas in robotics engineering for the next generation will be in using robotics for entertainment and amusement. The FUTURE Challenge for 2011 is to design and build a robot or robotic machine using VEX components that entertains and/or amuses. Your robot may either be an entertaining machine itself or it can be a working scale VEX prototype of a larger machine. An elegant and entertaining engineering solution demonstrated using VEX is the goal of this challenge.
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RECF Team Educational Video

Opens: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 11:59 PM CST

This challenge offers robotics competition teams the opportunity to help other schools and clubs learn from their experience. In this challenge, schools, clubs, and teams will produce a video and a companion document on a specific subject area that new teams will learn from. We expect that you will have your own idea, but possible areas for the video include understanding how to analyze a game, how to build a specific mechanism such as a drive train, lifting arm, actuator, winch, etc., or how to best work as a team at a tournament. Use your imagination - the only restriction is that it has...
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EMC Robotics Team/Club Website Challenge

Opens: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 11:59 PM CST

EMC Corporation is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. EMC is proud to support programs that engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a sponsor of the 2011 Online Design Challenge, EMC is interested to see how you present information about your school or club to the world. Design and build a Website that promotes your entire robotics program - your VRC team(s) and any other robotics...
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VEX Robotics Essay Challenge

Opens: Mon, Nov 1, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 11:59 PM CST

This challenge is to write a short essay on what exactly VEX Robotics means to you. Tell the judges your own story of your involvement on a competition team, in a classroom, or as a hobbyist working with VEX. Perhaps VEX robotics has made you rethink your career plans, or made you want to study engineering in college, or helped you understand physics better. Maybe you have a friend or family member who learned something valuable from their VEX experience. However VEX robotics has improved your understanding, inspired you to try something you didn’t know you could do, or even changed the...
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