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.


Educate Online Sponsored by the 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.


Educate Online sponsored by the RECF Foundation

This challenge offers robotics competition teams the opportunity to help other schools and clubs learn from their experience. In this challenge, schools, clubs, and teams will produce a video on a specific subject area that new teams will learn from. We expect that you will have your own idea, but possible areas for the video include understanding how to analyze a game, how to build a specific mechanism such as a drive train, lifting arm, actuator, winch, etc., how to program using sensors, or how to best work as a team at a tournament. Use your imagination - the only restriction is that it must contain something useful for a new team to know about competition robotics

  • VEX IQ teams should focus on how to support new VEX IQ teams
  • VRC teams should focus on how to support new VRC teams
  • VEX U teams should focus on how to support new VEX U teams



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

  • VEX IQ teams should produce a video to support new VEX IQ teams
  • VRC teams should produce a video to support new VRC teams
  • VEX U teams should produce a video to support new VEX U teams
  • Create and post a video up to (3) three minutes long sharing your team’s educational resource

Entries Must:

  • Include a Video
    • Videos can be up to three minutes (180 seconds) long
    • 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.
  • Videos must be posted to YouTube, SchoolTube, Youku, or an equivalent platform
  • 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 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: Video that communicates their learning goals and how these goals can benefit a competitive robotics team
  • Up to 20 points: Video provides comprehensive and accurate instruction that is easy to understand and follow
  • Up to 20 points: Video provides suggestions on how a team can use this learning opportunity to increase their skills by testing their own ideas by applying and building upon the knowledge they gain from the video.
  • Up to 10 points: Video is creative, engaging, and is produced with high video and sound quality that is reasonable for the grade level for the students creating the video.

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 3:14 PM CDT


Mon, Feb 8, 2021 7:00 AM CST


Tue, Jun 1, 2021 11:59 AM CDT