Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

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VEX Robotics Competition Team Website Challenge Sponsored by Dell

We are proud to again offer you this website challenge sponsored by Dell. Participants will see some things different this season, especially as it applies to this challenge. One of the most prominent changes you see that first place does not include an invitation to VEX Worlds 2021. But, the great news for that is there are many other challenges that can still get a team to Worlds if they choose to enter many. What you WILL see shortly are additional prizes to this challenge that includes many DELL products. We are finalizing those. The second change is that this challenge is no longer available for VEX IQ Challenge participants. We are offering a few additional challenges for your VEX IQ Challenge students to enter and hopefully as we move to planning next season, we may look into re-adding it.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Your program’s website is very important for making a good first impression as it often is the first contact that people have. Therefore, the website affects the overall image and reputation of your program which can lead to increased recognition.

Design – The website should have an appealing, welcoming layout that is easy to read and navigate. Create an impression of excellence that exemplifies the program culture.

Up to Date – Ensure that the site is current and revised regularly.

In this challenge, your team will develop a website that promotes your entire robotics program – 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 programs are.

You are encouraged to promote all the STEM activities in which your robotics program participates (VRC, BEST, Botball, FIRST, TSA, PLTW, SKILLS USA, SKILLS Canada, underwater robotics, workshops, camps, math competitions, bridge building, solar-powered cars, etc.).

Your website should include recognition for sponsors, teachers, and mentors.

Questions to consider before submitting your website:

  • How well does the website tell the story of the program?
  • Does it provide information for outsiders wanting to learn about your program?
  • Is the website attractive and easy to navigate and does it have a unified design?
  • Does the website have a clear, easy-to-use layout, good structure, and consistent use of colors, menus, and imagery?
  • Does it include outreach activities, who you are, where you are, what you have done, and future plans?

 

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

Prizes

  • 1st place: 
    • One 15 5000 Series (5585) per student (limit 10) (From 2020-2021 Equipment)
    • 10 Alienware Vindicator V2.0 Laptop Carrying Case - Black/Teal - 15.6 Inch - For students (From 2020-2021 Equipment)
    • 1 Dell 24 Monitor - E2420H, 60.5cm (23.8") - For classroom (From 2020-2021 Equipment)
    • 1 OptiPlex 7060 Micro - for classroom ((From 2019-2020 Equipment)
    • Shipping to classroom
    • $750 VEXrobotics.com
  • 2nd place
    • One 15 5000 Series (5585) per student (limit 10) (From 2020-2021 Equipment)
    • 10 Alienware Vindicator V2.0 Laptop Carrying Case - Black/Teal - 15.6 Inch - For students (From 2020-2021 Equipment)
    • $500 VEXrobotics.com
  • 3rd Place
    • One 15 5000 Series (5585) per student (limit 10) (From 2020-2021 Equipment)
    • 10 Alienware Vindicator V2.0 Laptop Carrying Case - Black/Teal - 15.6 Inch - For students (From 2020-2021 Equipment)
    • $250 VEXrobotics.com

Eligibility

  • THIS IS A TEAM CHALLENGE
  • Entrant grade range: Middle school, high school, college/university.
  • Team requirement: The school or other organization submitting the website must have at least one team entered in the current season's VRC or VEX U Competition.
  • There may only be one website entry per school/organization/club. A website for a single team from a multi-team program will not meet the requirements of this challenge; it must be a website that includes all the teams from the school or club. Only one team will submit the final entry from a multi-team program.

Requirements

These are the minimum requirements for this challenge. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements will result in your entry being disqualified from advancing to Finalist.

Although website templates are allowed for this challenge, bonus points will be added for teams that create their website sans a template and include the coding language. See judging information for more detail.

  • The website must be visible to the general public via a URL. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • Websites must work on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • Do not infringe copyrights. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • The website must be suitable for all ages and may not promote violence or law breaking. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • Website URL must be posted directly to this Online Challenge site during the submission process. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • The website must have been designed and programmed by students currently in your VRC or VEX U program.
  • Website must include all teams for a multi-team program. If site is from a multi-team program but only highlights one team, the entry will be disqualified to advance.
  • There may only be one website entry per school/organization/club. A website for a single team from a multi-team program will not meet the requirements of this challenge; it must be a website that includes all the teams from the school or club. Only one team will submit the final entry from a multi-team program. 

The “Judging Information” section below will provide additional guidance on how your project will be evaluated.

READ CAREFULLY: HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR URL CORRECTLY

  • Instructions to add website URL 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 Link URL, Title and Description. Include all required information, or your link may not display correctly.
    • Click Add Link.
    • Your submission will now show when you click the blue All Entries button to view the challenge entries.
  • The website must be visible to the general public via a URL. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • Websites must work on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • Do not infringe copyrights. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • The website must be suitable for all ages and may not promote violence or law breaking. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • Website URL must be posted directly to this Online Challenge site during the submission process. Failure to fulfill will result in DQ.
  • The website must have been designed and programmed by students currently in your VRC or VEX U program.
  • Website must include all teams for a multi-team program. If site is from a multi-team program but only highlights one team, the entry will be disqualified to advance.
  • There may only be one website entry per school/organization/club. A website for a single team from a multi-team program will not meet the requirements of this challenge; it must be a website that includes all the teams from the school or club. Only one team will submit the final entry from a multi-team program. 

The “Judging Information” section below will provide additional guidance on how your project will be evaluated.

READ CAREFULLY: HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR URL CORRECTLY

  • Instructions to add website URL 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 Link URL, Title and Description. Include all required information, or your link may not display correctly.
    • Click Add Link.
    • Your submission will now show when you click the blue All Entries button to view the challenge entries.

Judging Information

Judges will select ten finalists and those finalists will be reviewed by an additional panel of pre-selected professionals, and those scores will be combined with the initial scores to determine the winners of this Online Challenge.

The judges will evaluate and score each entry as follows:

  • Up to 5 points for website being designing and programmed by VEX students*
  • Up to 20 points for how well the website tells the story of your program AND provides recognition of sponsors, teachers, mentors, and school. Points will be deducted if recognition is not given.
  • Up to 30 points for good descriptions that engages and educates an outside audience wanting to learn about the program
  • Up to 30 points for the look, layout, and structure of the site. Emphasis on a professional-looking site with clear, easy-to-use layout and consistent use of colors, menus and imagery.
  • Up to 20 points for the description of the program. Description should be one that engages and educates an outside audience wanting to learn about the program.
  • BONUS 20 points for a website that was created without a template. Team must include coding language to be considered for the bonus points.

*Students should be the sole creators of this submission. It is acceptable for adults to assist with downloading any necessary resources or submitting the story where students may need permission. 

community-voting results will play a role in a tie-breaker scenario.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Wed, Dec 2, 2020 10:24 AM CST

Opens:

Tue, Sep 1, 2020 9:00 AM CDT

Closes:

Tue, Dec 8, 2020 12:00 PM CST

Voting Ends:

Tue, Dec 15, 2020 12:00 PM CST