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VRC Promote Award Online Challenge Sponsored by VEX Robotics

The Promote Award is presented to a VEX Robotics Competition team that created and submitted an outstanding VRC promotional video. This video promotes the team in the community to recruit new students, mentors, and support. 

This is your big chance to tell us how great is your team! Be creative and have fun making a video which shows one or more of these parts of building VRC robots:

  • Why other youth would love building robots and should start a team or join your team.
  • What your team does.
  • How you design and build your robot.
  • What you learn from the VEX Robotics Competition.

You will see the rules for the challenge below, but the most important thing is to get people excited about your team!


Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX V5 Robotics Competition VEX U Robotics Competition


  • 1st: VRC Promote Award, $750 gift certificate and automatic team qualification for this season's VEX Robotics World Championship if the entrant is part of a registered VRC or VEX U team
  • 2nd: $500 gift certificate
  • 3rd: $250 gift certificate


  • Entrant grade range: Middle school, high school, university.
  • VEX Robotics Competition team requirement: The team submitting the entry must be registered in the current season's VRC or VEX U program.
  • Designs submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
  • Only one entry is allowed per team. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may enter this competition. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit a video, but team 123A could not submit two videos.


These are the minimum requirements for this challenge. The “Judging Information” section below will provide additional guidance on how your project will be judged. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements will result in your entry being disqualified from advancing to Finalist or Winner status.

  • Create and post an entertaining advertisement or short movie featuring your team and the VRC Challenge experience, up to 90 seconds long.
  • At the end of the video, there must be a credits section including the name of the entrant, the VRC team number, and the name of the video. The credits should be no longer than 15 seconds (Total allowed video length is 105 seconds with credits included).
  • Youth team members need to create and produce the video. It is acceptable for adults to help with the technical aspects of creating and submitting the video, and adults are encouraged to assist in completing any task that would be difficult or inappropriate for youth in this age group.
  • Post the video link directly to this online challenge site during the submission process. Links to Google Drive or Dropbox are not permitted and will result in disqualification.
  • Your video must be posted to YouTube, SchoolTube, Youku, or an equivalent platform.
  • Please note: you must use music in the public domain or else the platform may delete your video.
  • Videos submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.


  • Instructions to add video link to your entry:
    • Click the green Enter Challenge button on the right side of the screen.
    • Fill out the submission form and type your text in the Full Description box according to the Requirements for this challenge.
    • Click Save.
    • Click the blue Links/Videos button in the upper right of the screen.
    • Type in the URL, Title and Description. Include all required information, or your link may not display correctly.
    • Click Add Link.
    • Your submission is now listed when you click the blue All Entries button to view the challenge entries.


Judging Information

Judges select at least ten finalists from the submitted entries and will use community voting results in their choices of finalists. The finalist submissions are then judged by additional selected professionals who determine the winners of this Online Challenge.


Evaluation Criteria and Additional Information

This video should promote the team in the community to recruit new students, mentors, and support. This video may be about the team, the program, the competition, the design and build process, the robot itself, or any theme the team can dream up to help promote its VEX Robotics program to their community. Different videos may focus on different aspects of the VRC experience to accomplish this goal.


Your video may cover more than one, but needs to include at least ONE of these aspects:

  • This video shows the team process – working and/or having fun together in the lab or at competitions.
  • This video shows the impact the team has on their school and/or community, promoting STEM and their team, and the VRC Challenge.
  • This video shows how the team uses an engineering approach to build their robots.
  • This video celebrates the “competition” part of VRC, focusing on the team’s experience attending tournaments and other VRC Challenge events, including the impact that the VRC program has on the students. This focuses more on how the competition experience benefits the participants rather than on the awards and rankings of the team.

The judges will also evaluate each entry on:

  • Good video editing.
  • Use of music and sound (all music must be in the public domain).
  • Clarity of the message.
  • Creativity.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Wed, Jul 24, 2024 7:30 AM CDT


Mon, Sep 9, 2019 9:00 AM CDT


Sun, Jan 12, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Voting Ends:

Sun, Jan 19, 2020 12:00 PM CST