Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs. We see a future where all students design and innovate as part of a team, experience failure, persevere, and embrace STEM. These lifelong learners emerge confident in their ability to make the world a better place. Whether it's a competitive event, workshop, camp, or conference, we understand the unprecedented level of passion and commitment it takes to create, maintain, and execute such programs. The Robotics Education and Competition Foundation is committed to promoting technology and related student and professional advancement so that one day these programs become accessible to all students and all schools in all communities.  Our goal with the Online Challenge Program is to provide additional opportunities to our students utilizing service, solutions, and technology which will allow individuals to flourish in a way that fosters the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in the 21st Century.

Students from 30,000 teams around the world are encouraged to learn or test new skills in a fun and engaging way through STEM-based challenges, submitted online. The demand for virtual learning opportunities has increased due to recent events and we are expanding Online Challenges to give more students opportunities to stay engaged. Challenges could include website design, CAD design, photography, community involvement, video production, workforce development, and much more.

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VEX IQ STEM Career Readiness Online Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation

Opens: Fri, Jul 17, 2020 8:00 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Aug 30, 2020 5:00 PM CDT

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 RAD VEX AI Competition

Nearly 2.5 million STEM careers are going unfilled. Career readiness is one of the unsung skills that teams involved in VEX Robotics programs will adapt through their participation on a competitive robotics team. Career exploration is a vital component in developing a skill set. In this STEM Careers Online Challenge, you will be asked to explore a specific career within a STEM field and create an exciting and engaging presentation about your chosen career.

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • What STEM career appeals to you most?
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VRC Annotated Programming Skills Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation

Opens: Fri, Jul 17, 2020 8:00 AM CDT
Closes: Sun, Aug 30, 2020 5:00 PM CDT

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 RAD VEX AI Competition

Robots have long had a role in industrial and commercial applications. A key feature of their use is the ability to be programmed to follow exact instructions, with the latest robots about to react with their environment – adjusting to correct for errors and make decisions.

The Programming Skills Challenge is the ideal format to showcase what your robot can do given a full minute of autonomous control.

This challenge is about explaining and demonstrating your team’s autonomous program.

6 key things to keep in mind for a successful...