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. 


Please note, additional challenges will open on October 15, 2018. Please check back regularly for additional information.
You can view a list of winners for the 2017-18 season here:
www.roboticseducation.org/2018OnlineChallengeWinners. You can also view winners on this page by selecting a Challenge below, then clicking on the blue “View Winners” button (the button may appear on the right side or bottom of your screen depending on the device you are using). Note that not all challenges award winners in the same categories, so please refer to the posted Prizes and Eligibility sections for each challenge to confirm).

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VEX IQ Challenge Girl Powered Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

Opens: Mon, Sep 17, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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

Girl Powered is an initiative to redefine the face of STEM by creating a more inclusive environment for all students within the robotics community. Together, with the support of the entire community, we strive to encourage equal participation of young women and men in competitive robotics. We want to use this challenge to show the robotics community at large just what it means to be a Girl Powered VEX IQ Challenge team!

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • When you hear the phrase, Girl Powered, what comes to mind? How is it reflected in your...
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VRC Girl Powered Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

Opens: Mon, Sep 17, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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

Girl Powered is an initiative to redefine the face of STEM by creating a more inclusive environment for all students within the robotics community. Together, with the support of the entire community, we strive to encourage equal participation of young women and men in competitive robotics. We want to use this challenge to show the robotics community at large just what it means to be a Girl Powered VEX Robotics Competition team!

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • When you hear the phrase, Girl Powered, what comes to mind? How is it reflected in...
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VRC Promote Award Online Challenge

Opens: Mon, Sep 17, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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.

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VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award Online Challenge

Opens: Mon, Sep 17, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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 Challenge team that has created and submitted an outstanding VIQC 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. 

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...


VEX Photography Online Challenge

Opens: Mon, Sep 17, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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

Submit a photo that best represents what you love about being involved in robotics. Use photography to tell a complete story with one photograph, focusing on your favorite aspect of VEX IQ Challenge, VRC or VEX U. Compose a photo that conveys an emotion, specifically the feeling you experience when you are doing what you love most.

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Robotics Team Website Challenge Sponsored by Dell

Opens: Mon, Sep 17, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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. You are encouraged to promote all the STEM activities in which your robotics program participates (VRC, BEST, Botball, FIRST, TSA, PLTW, SKILLS USA,...


Electronics Online Challenge Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Opens: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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

Coming Soon.

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Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk ®

Opens: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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

Coming soon.

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Robot Virtual Worlds Online Challenge Sponsored by Robomatter

Opens: Mon, Oct 15, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Jan 15, 2019 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

Coming Soon

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