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Recycle-Bot sponsored by REC Foundation


Our Judges have begun to review all entries.  We plan to have finalists posted by Tuesday June 22nd and Winners announced by Tuesday June 29th.  Good luck teams.


Recycle-Bot sponsored by the REC Foundation

As we look around at the environment in our classrooms and homes, we see materials and supplies that can be recycled and repurposed into other useful things.  Using your creative, design, construction, and artistic abilities we want you to create a Recyle-Bot using items like paper rolls, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, cardboard boxes, empty cans, scrap wire, paint, markers, holiday wrapping paper, fabric, old clothing, etc.

In addition we want you to share the construction process, design challenges, and purpose of your Recycle-Bot in a written presentation supported by up to three(3) photos. The required written presentation must be a student(s) work describing the process of design and the fabrication all focused upon the “Purpose and recycled materials” of this robot.

We look forward to seeing your creativity shine in this challenge.

Clarification posted 2/22/21 - These robots are intended to be static with no electrical components used.  Powered robots are not allowed for this competition




Go Bananas!!!

Marc Alderman

The purpose of this robot works as a security robot in places Jesse or Dante
needs it or as its normal self at the airport.

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Ocean Cleaning Design

Marc Alderman

The robot that AJ and I made will clean up the beach and the ocean.

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Recycle Bot


This is our submission for the recycle bot challenge. Our robot greets people as they walk into the school by reminding them to pick up their trash in many different ways. The robot was created from trash picked up around the middle school. 

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Military Bot


The purpose of this robot is to prevent a parent from leaving their family and possibly dying in the war zone. This robot is solar powered. He waits and knows when war happens. He fends off the bad guys but does not kill them, he just wants them to know that what they are doing is not fair. He also disarms bombs, and stops grenades from hurting anyone, so he tries his best to get everyone away from the said bomb and grenades.

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Waker Upper 5000

Marc Alderman

Team Name: Jimmy
Lucas, Brady, and Eli

Problem: People never wake on time. It's not nice waking up late and missing school work and getting behind. And getting missing assignments. And if I miss the bus my parents are mad because they have to drive me to school.

Purpose: Wake People Up If They’re Sleeping. There is a screen that plays a youtube video that you think is funny so it puts you in a good mood for when you wake up. It gives you 1 dollar every time you wake ontime. When you buy the robot you can set up a bank account

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Help-Bot Recycle Robot



Our main goal of this robot is to make it serve food and store small items like collections. Our robot moves by plastic toy skateboards. Our theme is star wars so we used a Star Wars wrapping paper which has the main colors of our robot.


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Covidabot Recycle-Bot


Our robot was designed using recycled parts to be a prototype of a child friendly robot that could detect covid symptoms upon school entry.  This would ensure the safety of all students and staff, and eliminate quarantining due to close contact, ensuring our schools would be able to return to normal functions.  

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The Mower Bot 3000

Marc Alderman

REC Online Challenge Submission by VRC team #74485E, The Dinner Club, from Benzie Central Middle School.

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Mindy bot- holds your trash bags for later!

Team name: Cosmic Comets-Valeria Garcia 

Materials used: I amazon box, blue and white wrapping paper, fuzzy wire, clear tape, scissors, 2 thumb tacks, 2 coke bottle caps, hot glue gun, hot melt adhesive (hot glue), 4 empty toilet paper rolls, all white sheet of paper, googly eyes, a piece of cardboard, old pair of false eyelashes, a ruler, number 2 pencil , and plastic bags. 


   I hated having plastic bags laying...

Prosthetic Recycle Bot


The Prosthetic Recycle Bot is a hand that can be attached to your arm. This prosthetic hand has a lot to offer with many possible uses from making your reach longer to manipulation of dangerous or poisoned stuff that you would rather not touch with your hand. This hand can be very useful in many scenarios that are limited only by our imagination.

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Trash Commander Robot


          Trash Commander People can not always be around to pick up after people who do not care about our environment. Everyone is out and about and paying no attention to their environment. A solution to combat that problem would be to have a robot who could go around picking up trash. This robot is not like any other robot, but it would pick up trash in places where humans may not be able to reach or see. This robot would even be able to communicate with the animals to make sure they are living in a clean environment. Let us introduce you to, Trash...


Disinfector Drone

10142 Green Tigers

Team 10142Y's recycle bot is a drone that disinfects surfaces!

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Team 99808A Presents: The Amazing Hydro-Bot


Team 99808A Presents: The Amazing Plant-Watering Hydro-bot!

By Jesse and Jeanelle Reyna


We love to plant and tend to our garden, but we realized that sometimes it is hard to tend to the plants when we leave the house.   For example, if we were to leave the house for a week-long vacation, we need to make sure that our plants get the right amount of water and nutrition! 

Challenge Accepted!

We want to design a robot that can easily water our plants...


Recycle-Bot 2021 Entry


This was submitted by 4073G, by Kaida Sayachack Yuom and Binh Nguyen. Say hello to Fishbot: The Underwater Fisherman! 

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97101G Recycle-Bot Submission


This is the Recycle-Bot submitted by VRC High School team 97101G. Our robot is a clean-up robot that helps custodians in their job. The robot fulfills all challenge requirements and is composed entirely of recyclable materials.


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Recyclable Candy Dispenser


Recyclable Candy Dispenser written report.

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Smile Bot - ITSMQ (Vortex)


We are the Tecnológico de Monterrey Querétaro campus team. VEXID ITSMQ

We created a robot that helps recycling and at the same time has an interaction with the user, encouraging the participation of recycling in all ages.

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Recycle-Bot: 97101W's Trash Picker


While brainstorming ideas for the Recycle-Bot challenge, we took note of the problems Recycle-Bot is meant to alleviate: the problem of single-use products and litter in our community. On average, households produce around a ton of waste annually. While walking around in our communities, we have also noticed the prevalence of litter on the sidewalks and fields; to reduce the impact of cardboard packaging at home and reduce litter in our streets, we decided to create a trash picker that anyone could create and use. The trash picker would also allow the user to be safe while helping their...


Ceiling Roomba


Ceiling Roomba

By Team NXS

Perhaps it’s just me, but all too often I find spiders hiding in the corners of the ceiling, cobwebs on the lights, and large amounts of dust on the trim. The simplest solution is to clean it yourself, but as innovators it is our job to design wacky creations to do such mundane tasks for us. Thus, I would like to introduce the Ceiling Roomba. Using the suction cups at the end of each of its six legs, it is capable of traversing any wall, and is perfectly capable of walking completely upside down. Using the built-in vacuum and duster...


Trash Taker 2/0


where the trash taker 2.0 can take you

TEAM 3581A, ENTRANT: Marianna Duarte


Have you ever wondered why my robot is called the Trash Taker 2.0? A lot of people asked that question. Well, it is because it picks up trash with a cardboard hand. If you keep reading, I will tell you how I came up with an epic creation that could revolutionize picking up trash.

Telling the Story of the Trash Taker 2.0

The Trash Taker 2.0 is a robot that is made to pick up trash with...


The H2rObot: The Next Generation of Plant Watering


Sprinkler systems are often very expensive and tough to set up. That's what led us to create the H2rObot, an electronics-free robot that can nearly automatically water your yard for you. Along the way, there were plenty of design challenges but through our materials, we were able to raise awareness for recycling options that often go unheard of. The full presentation can be found in the PDF below.

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