Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

Community Award Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

The Community Award Online Challenge Sponsored by Google is presented to either VRC and/or VEX U teams that make a positive impact on STEM education opportunities in their community through leadership, outreach, mentorship, and support. The winning teams made many contributions outside their own school or organization that helps students, teams, coaches or mentors. Contributions may span multiple seasons. Contributions are not limited to REC Foundation or VEX Robotics programs; they may include any robotics or STEM education program.

The submission will show the team’s impact on one or more of these STEM education opportunities in their community, outside of their own school or organization:

  • Leadership or outreach to recruit new robotics teams or start new STEM programs or facilities.
  • Leadership or outreach to recruit new students, coaches, mentors, event partners or volunteers.
  • Leadership or support for registered VEX Robotics teams, competitions, or tournaments.
  • Leadership or support for registered workshops such as Girl Powered events.
  • Leadership or support for competitions, fairs, or programs in any STEM field.
  • Mentorship for robotics teams.
  • Any other leadership or volunteer support in the community related to STEM education or STEM activities.

Additionally, the submission will be judged on creativity and quality of the video.

The submission will be a video not to exceed 195 seconds (3 minute video and 15 seconds of required credits) that highlights the team’s community-wide contributions to STEM education programs. The video will be posted or uploaded to a video streaming service, and a link to the video will be submitted through the REC Foundation Online Challenge website.



Coder Dojo


Coder Dojo video for NSU University School.

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INVOLVED a film by 914M


This video is about someone who didn't start out knowing their passion but eventually found it. It’s about the journey that everyone must take to find their purpose in life, to feel fulfilled, and to feel accomplished.

Note that the voiceover for this video never said "VEX Robotics" or "STEM program". This was done intentionally so that the video can apply to everyone and not only those passionate about robotics, like us.

Thank You!

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Robotics Worldwide


We are team 94927A from Morgan Hill, CA. We wanted to share the oppurtunity of robotics with others who need it. To do this we collected donations and started vex robotics programs both locally and internationally. We donated shipments to a school in Ghana, Africa and our team leaders taught the stuents there all about STEM during the summer. We then went to El Toro, a local public school in our community and introduced robotics to the students there. Later this January we are going to go to Sacred Heart of the Nativity, a school in the San Jose community to try to have a major...

Giving Back: By The Meme Lords

This video describes a group of young men from McGehee High School in Arkansas that take their robotics program and knowledge of STEM education and let others know how wonderful and helpful it truly is.

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Girl Powered News: Reaching Out to the Next...


This video demonstrates how Team 1868Z is reaching out into our community to inspire the next generation to develop an interest in STEM and consider a future career in it.  Open to all, but focused on girls, our outreach activities give participants hand-on experience with robotics and exposure to an all-girl VEX team. Modeled after a news broadcast, this segment of "Girl Powered News" shows how much dedication the team members put into helping young girls feel empowered to become part of the STEM community. Including footage recorded at an actual outreach event, an...

We are Remarkable: Girl Powered Impact on our...


This #GirlPowered VRC team from Irvine, California hosted a girl powered STEAM camp to impact their community. This workshop brought over 75 elementary girls together to learn about robotics and being remarkable. Inspired by their own experience at the 2019 World Championship, Team 8838A used the “I am Remarkable” movement by Google to build confidence and spread girl power in their own community. 

This video showcases the girl powered workshop that took place on October 25, 2019. 

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Sloan Canyon Robotics Community Service


We are a robotics team from Pinecrest Sloan Canyon, a brand new school from Henderson, Nevada. We are passionate about what we do and we love inspiring others about Robotics! We hope you enjoy watching our story! 

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Team 44691X "System Overload" Community Award...


We are team 44691X "System Overload." We are based out of Wooster, Ohio. This is our teams 2nd year in Vex Robotics and we have made it our goal to set a good example for the community and get community members excited and interested in STEM education and robotics. We have accomplished this goal by showcasing our robot at local elementary and middle schools, hosting tournaments, taking part in volunteer events such as presenting our robot at the Schantz Makerspace, and participating at "Boo at Woo" where we handed out candy with the robot and got young kids in the...

Super Team 2250C


Our team 2250C is on the move helping other teams, motivating about STEM, going to beach cleanups by Pfizer, and working together as a team. Everything is better when working together.

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Team 35216E Community Service Project

We taught Girl Scouts Brownies about robotics and we tried to emphasize code and types of sensors. We explained how code is the language that robots "speak". The specific sensor we focused on was color. We used Ozobots to show a visual and tactile example of color sensors. They were shown how to make their code with coloring. Once they understood they coded the Ozobots to follow a path they made and do special moves with the code they put on the path. Once we finished we let them spectate our robots on the field to give them an introduction to VEX so they could one day join us....