Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Inspiring students, one robot at a time.

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.


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



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


  • 1st place - $500 VEX Robotics Gift Certificate
  • 2nd place - $250 VEX Robotics Gift Certificate
  • 3rd place - $100 VEX Robotics Gift Certificate

The top 3 teams from each of the following divisions will be awarded the above prizes:

  • VEX IQ Elementary School
  • VEX IQ Middle School
  • VRC Middle Shool
  • VRC High School
  • VEX U

Total Prize Value: $4250


Grade Level Requirement - Entries can be from any of the following grade levels:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College/University

Program Requirement - Entries can be from any of the following programs:

  • VEX IQ Challenge
  • VEX Robotics Competiton
  • VEX U 

Note: Only one entry per team is permitted. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may submit one entry. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit an entry, but team 123A could not submit two entries. 


These are the minimum requirements for this challenge. The “Judging Information" section below will provide additional guidance on how your project will be judged.

Challenge Requirements

  • Your Recycle-Bot needs to have a purpose
  • Your Recycle-Bot must be made from only materials that can be recycled that are commonly found in a classroom or home
  • Your Recycle-Bot may NOT contain any VEX parts
  • Clarification added on 2/22/21 - These robots are intended to be static with no electrical components used.  Powered robots are not allowed for this competition

Entries must:

  • Include a written presentation between 500-1000 words
  • Include a presentation title, team number, and name(s) of the entrant in the written presentation
  • Include pictures (up to 3) that detail the Recycle-Bot in the written presentation
  • Be in PDF format (maximum file size: 20MB)
  • Be original - Work submitted in previous or different Online Challenges may not be repurposed for this submission
  • Be completed by students.  Adult mentors may help with tools, if needed for safety and help with submitting entries, but students should be the ones completing the project
  • Be uploaded to the Online Challenges site during the submission process (detailed instructions below) 

Instructions to upload your PDF:

  • 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 Files/Images button in the upper right of the screen. 
  • Drag/Drop your PDF file into the Upload a File box.
  • Be sure to edit the Display Name and file information according to the Requirements for this challenge
  • Save your edits and click Update on the entry screen
  • Your submission will now show when you click the blue All Entries button to view the challenge entries
  • Links to Google Drive, Dropbox, Sharepoint or any other site are not permitted

Caution: Failure to fulfill any of these requirements will result in your entry from advancing to Finalist judging

Judging Information

The judges will evaluate and score each entry as follows: 

  • Up to 30 points: Recycle-Bot that has a functional purpose that is clear and understandable
  • Up to 20 points: Recycle-Bot that is creative, enjoyable and well designed
  • Up to 20 points: Written presentation that is well structured and contains a clear beginning, middle and end
  • Up to 20 points: Detailing the construction process and including a comprehensive list of materials in your written presentation
  • Up to 20 points: Documenting the design challenges encountered during the build in your written presentation
  • Up to 10 points: Including photos (up to 3) that are clear and show off the Recycle-Bot

All Online Challenges entries may be shared or distributed by the REC Foundation after judging is completed.



Deadline Information

Current time:
Tue, Jul 23, 2024 1:23 AM CDT


Mon, Feb 8, 2021 7:00 AM CST


Tue, Jun 1, 2021 11:59 AM CDT