Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Online Challenges

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.

Sponsor

Game Animation Sponsored by the REC Foundation

Game Animation sponsored by the RECF Foundation

Create an animated video or simulation that shows and explains a VEX IQ, VRC or VEX U Challenge game. This is your chance to get creative, invent a game, and demonstrate the game being played in a virtual environment. Construct a “real”  game that is affordable, easily constructed by volunteers, obeys the laws of physics, has understandable rules, and is interesting for participants to play and audiences to watch.

  • VEX IQ teams should create a VEX IQ game
  • VRC teams should create a VRC game
  • VEX U teams should create a VEX U game

 

 

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

Prizes

  • 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

Eligibility

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. 

Requirements

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:

  • VEX IQ teams must create a VEX IQ Game
  • VRC teams must create a VRC Game
  • VEX U teams must create a VEX U Game
  • Create a Video (up to 3 minutes long) showing the game, rules, gameplay and scoring
  • Game must include a minimum of two scoring objects
    • One must be from a past game
    • One must be a new object of your own creation and may not have appeared in any past games
    • New object must be significantly involved in the scoring of the game
  • Any animation method may be used, including computer-generated images (CGI), Claymation, stop motion, paper or hand-crafted art
  • No live action - this is an animation contest
  • The video should well-produced and exhibit good editing, animation techniques, and use of music and narration 
  • Robots featured in the animations should follow the laws of physics, and should be functional in the real world
  • The game should be playable, interesting, and incorporate the challenge object(s) in a creative, interesting way

Entries Must:

  • Include a Video 
    • Videos can be up to three minutes (180 seconds long)
    • Videos must be posted to YouTube, SchoolTube, Youku, or an equivalent platform
    • At the end of the video, there must be a credits section which includes the name of the entrant or entrants, team number, proper music credit if used, and any other information you want to include (software used, recognition of sponsors, etc.). The credits should be no longer than 15 seconds (Total allowed video length is 3 minutes 15 seconds with credits included). Credits must appear at the end, not the beginning of the video
    • Please note: you must use music in the public domain, or YouTube may delete your video. Include proper music credit.
  • Upload video during the submission process (detailed instructions below) Links to Google Drive, Dropbox, Sharepoint or any other site are not permitted.
  • Be original - Work submitted in previous or different Online Challenges may not be repurposed for this submission
  • Be appropriate - The theme and descriptions must be appropriate for all ages
  • Be completed by students.  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

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 YouTube 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

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 20 points: Game can be a real game that would be affordable and easily contructed
  • Up to 20 points: Game is easy to understand and score
  • Up to 20 points: Game objects make sense within the context of the game
  • Up to 20 points: Final product is creative, enjoyable, well designed, and engaging.
  • Up to 10 points: Robots show interaction in the game, are realistic, and could function in the real world
  • Up to 10 points: Video is well produced with good editing, animation techinques and use of music and narration

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

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

 

 

Deadline Information

Current time:
Sat, Feb 27, 2021 4:29 PM CST

Opens:

Mon, Feb 8, 2021 7:00 AM CST

Closes:

Tue, Jun 1, 2021 11:59 AM CDT

Voting Ends:

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 12:00 PM CDT