Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

Don't miss out on the five challenges that are now open until June 1st!

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, programming, and much more.

2020-2021 Online Challenges

The time is upon us! The REC Foundation and it's sponsors are bringing all of the teams across the globe opportunities to continue to stay engaged, learn or test new skills, and compete with peers in a multitude of challenges, some that will be familiar and some that will be new.

A few things to note:

  • Any team is eligible to participate at no cost, however the team must have a paid registration for the 2020-2021 season for the submission to be judged.

  • The start and end dates may be altered for reasons determined by the REC Foundation.

  • Additional prizes may be added for reasons determined by the REC Foundation and sponsors. 

  • Additional Online Challenges will be added throughout the season for reasons determined by the REC Foundation and sponsors.

Good luck!

Have a Question? email onlinechallenges@roboticseducation.org

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Recycle-Bot sponsored by REC Foundation

Opens: Mon, Feb 8, 2021 7:00 AM CST
Closes: Tue, Jun 1, 2021 11:59 AM 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
Entries: 93
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Theme It Up! Sponsored by the REC Foundation

Opens: Mon, Feb 8, 2021 7:00 AM CST
Closes: Wed, Jun 2, 2021 11:59 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
Entries: 38
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Game Animation Sponsored by the REC Foundation

Opens: Mon, Feb 8, 2021 7:00 AM CST
Closes: Wed, Jun 2, 2021 11:59 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
Entries: 27
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Repurpose sponsored by the REC Foundation

Opens: Mon, Feb 8, 2021 7:00 AM CST
Closes: Tue, Jun 1, 2021 11:59 AM 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
Entries: 41
Learn more...

Educate Online Sponsored by the REC Foundation

Opens: Mon, Feb 8, 2021 7:00 AM CST
Closes: Tue, Jun 1, 2021 11:59 AM 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
Entries: 36
Learn more...

Electronics Online Challenge Sponsored by Texas Instruments

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 12:00 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 RECF Aerial Drones Competition VEX AI Competition - High School VEX AI Competition - University
Entries: 181
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International Robotics Honors Society Service Award Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition RECF Aerial Drones Competition VEX AI Competition - High School
Entries: 9
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"Thinking Outside The Box" Photography Challenge

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 12:00 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
Entries: 280
Learn more...

VEX IQ Challenge "Make It Real" CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk®

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge
Entries: 47
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VEX IQ Challenge STEM Research Project Sponsored by The REC Foundation

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge
Entries: 107
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VEX IQ Challenge Girl Powered Essay Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Fri, Dec 11, 2020 5:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge
Entries: 51
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VEX Robotics Competition Team Website Challenge Sponsored by Dell

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Fri, Dec 11, 2020 5:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition VEX U
Entries: 123
Learn more...

VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award Online Video Challenge

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge
Entries: 44
Learn more...

VEX Robotics Competition "Make It Real" CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk®

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 5:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition VEX U
Entries: 146
Learn more...

VRC Girl Powered Essay Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 10, 2020 5:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition
Entries: 111
Learn more...

VRC Promote Award Online Video Challenge

Opens: Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Tue, Dec 15, 2020 5:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition VEX U
Entries: 79
Learn more...

Encore Online Challenge: VIQC Elementary School VEX World Robotics Championship

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Mar 18, 2021 12:00 PM CDT

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge
Entries: 20
Learn more...

Encore Online Challenge: VIQC Middle School VEX World Robotics Championship

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Mar 18, 2021 12:00 PM CDT

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Challenge
Entries: 61
Learn more...

Encore Online Challenge: VRC Middle School VEX World Robotics Championship

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Mar 18, 2021 12:00 PM CDT

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition
Entries: 36
Learn more...

Encore Online Challenge: VRC High School VEX World Robotics Championship

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Fri, Mar 19, 2021 11:30 AM CDT

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition
Entries: 100
Learn more...

VEX Robotics Competition Fusion 360 Video Online Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk®

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 31, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition VEX U RECF Aerial Drones Competition
Entries: 18
Learn more...

VEX U Educate Online Challenge Sponsored by Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 31, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX U VEX AI Competition - University
Entries: 2
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The Community Award Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 31, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition VEX U
Entries: 40
Learn more...

The Unite Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 31, 2020 12:00 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 RECF Aerial Drones Competition VEX AI Competition - High School VEX AI Competition - University
Entries: 47
Learn more...

Teacher/Coach Fusion 360 Online Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk®

Opens: Mon, Oct 12, 2020 9:00 AM CDT
Closes: Thu, Dec 31, 2020 12:00 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 RECF Aerial Drones Competition VEX AI Competition - High School VEX AI Competition - University
Entries: 6
Learn more...

VRC Annotated Programming Skills Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation

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

Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX Robotics Competition
Entries: 54
Learn more...

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

Opens: Fri, Jul 17, 2020 8:00 AM CDT
Closes: Fri, Oct 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
Entries: 90
Learn more...