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

Repurpose sponsored by the REC Foundation

Repurpose sponsored by the REC Foundation

With over 13 years of VEX events and competitions, we know there are a great deal of old game elements out there.  We challenge you to look in storage rooms, closets, and boxes to find previously used game elements from VEX IQ, VEX VRC, and VEX U games.  Find a way to give these game elements a new purpose.  Consider how you can make something to assist a teacher or student in the classroom, or perhaps something for around the house.  The sky is the limit with your creativity.

 

 

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:

  • Use game elements from any season, going all the way back to the 2007-2008 Bridge Battle. You can find a list of all previous games here  Teams are allowed to use VEX IQ, VRC/VEX U game elements
  • Be made of primarly of VEX game elements.  
  • Be safe to use and exclude chemicals, flames, or sharp/harmful objects
  • Include a Video (up to 2 minutes) showing how the game elements are being reused
  • Include a written report (max 500 words) that includes sketches, the design process, calculations and/or photographs of the transformation and documentation of your progress

Entries must:

  • Include a written report up to 500 words, in PDF format (maximum file size: 20MB)
  • Include a Video that can be up to two minutes (120 seconds) long
    • Video must be posted to YouTube, SchoolTube, Youki, 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.).
    • Please note: you must use music in the public domain, or YouTube may delete your video. Include proper music credit
    • Credits must appear at the end, not the beginning of the video
    • The credits should be no longer than 15 seconds (Total allowed video length is 2 minutes 15 seconds with credits included).
  • Upload PDF and Video Link 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 appropiate - The theme and descriptions must be appropiate 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 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

Instructions to add YouTube 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 30 points if the product is useful in a school, home or business setting
  • Up to 30 points for a final product is creative, fun, well designed, interesting and safe to use
  • Up to 10 points for a written presentation that is clear, describes the design process, how the product works or is used and is well written.  Presentaion should also be well structured containing a clear beginning, middle and end.
  • Up to 10 points for a video that is well produced with good editing 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 4:32 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