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VEX Robotics Essay Challenge

A written essay of up to 250 words in on the subject of "what VEX Robotics means to me." This challenge is to write a short essay on what exactly VEX Robotics means to you. Tell the judges your own story of your involvement on a competition team, in a classroom, or as a hobbyist working with VEX. Perhaps VEX robotics has made you rethink your career plans, or made you want to study engineering in college, or helped you understand physics better. Maybe you have a friend or family member who learned something valuable from their VEX experience. However VEX robotics has improved your understanding, inspired you to try something you didn't know you could do, or even changed the course of your education - we want to hear about it.

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reformed underacheiver

steveo1129

Imagine this, a 12 year old boy trudging through 7th grade below the radar barely passing his classes. This used to be me before I became involved in my robotics program at my school. The change between 7th grade and 8th grade was drastic. I went from doing nothing in my school to doing and participating in as much as I could. Now I have an A in every class. I look forward to going to school and my parents sometimes have to drag me out of the robotics classroom. The robotic and technical engineering involved with vex robotics is what I excel at. The differences vex has made in my grades and...
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How robotics changed my life

jake40

My story about how robotics influenced my life and how i did what i never thought i would be able to do.
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How robotics changed my life

jake40

Journalism. That is what I thought I was going to do with my life. I had never thought about engineering or anything of that sort. That all changed when my journalism teacher assigned me the job of reporting on the schools robotics team. I reluctantly agreed thinking that it was going to be uninteresting. I was dead wrong. From the first competition on I was hooked, I couldn’t get enough of robotics. I soon joined my schools robotics team and during the summer I took some basic VEX classes that my team offered to incoming freshman or the newbie’s. I could already tell that there was more...
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My Transformation

user389281

My Transformation from a High School Junior without a clue concerning my future to a double major student.
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My Transformation

user389281

My Transformation from a High School Junior without a clue concerning my future to a double major student. As a Junior in High School, I was busy taking SAT and ACT tests to be admitted to college. Mail and emails were flooding in for Universities across the country. I was meeting with our school’s college admissions counselor. I was in the band, Cross Country Team, Technology Student Association, some video production classes, and a few computer science classes, and I was enjoying myself. I seemed to be a student who was always on top of the ball, but I had a secret, I did not know what...
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VEX is my past, and my Future

TheKrugel

What VEX is to me. To me, VEX is the progression of my life. First it was building blocks, then Lego, now VEX. It is the embodiment of my personality, and a medium for my ideas. I have wanted to be an engineer for as long as I can remember, but this goal had drifted from me in my first couple of years in high school. I was no longer “that kid who can build things” but “that dorky kid who plays with Lego”. I forgot about my passion. It was still there, but I had no drive, no desire to build and create. VEX gave me an outlet for that. It was a system more advanced than anything I had used...
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VEX Robotics Changed Mindset

user390442

“Robotics? Get real,” I thought. My vision of a robotics team was the typical group of nerds. You know, the ones who are always talking with fancy words about how smart they are. My mom prodded me to go to one meeting to see what it was actually like. I agreed, barely. It was nothing like what I expected. Everyone was actually really nice and it was fascinating to see what they were designing. That first meeting I helped build a prototype robot, a dinky little thing, but it was oddly very exciting. The first competition I went to was even more thrilling. Everyone had robots designed for...
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A Lifelong Hobby

1one.flag1@gmail.com

For me, robotics has always been more than a competition. My passion for robotics started when I was very young, possibly eight or nine. I had a Lego catalogue, and saw the RCX robot. I thought that was the coolest thing in the entire catalogue, so I went out and got it. For the next few years, I enjoyed making all sorts of things with it, and eventually bought the NXT. This experience in my life was really important to me. After this, I began to learn programming, starting with C#. Then I got really interested in 3d modeling and video editing. These skills and the knowledge I gained from...
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My Internet Addiction

WasabiRyan

VEX saved me from wasting my life away on Facebook and other unimportant websites, giving me a life to spend purposefully.
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The Competition is Getting to Me

user391444

The competition of VEX has given me a new perspective on how to think the robot and how to perform.
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A Lifelong Dream

RoboNinja430

* Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been fascinated with anything electrical or mechanical. I used to rip apart anything, and everything, that I could get my hands on. I didn’t really know what to do with all of my scavenged parts, so being the little kid that I was, I used my clever imagination! But, that was really as far as I’d ever gotten on an engineering scale. I never found a platform that I could build with and use my imagination. However, all of that changed when I received my first VEX kit when I turned ten. I played with the simple VEXplorer for a while, then received addition...
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My Life Is Robotics

user392725

VEX Robotics is a strong impetus for change within my life -- compelling me to focus on math and science by showing me a taste of engineering.
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Not Just the Present

SweetMochi

An essay for the VEX robotics design challenge. This essay illustrates the effect of my exposure to VEX robotics and how it has opened doors for my future.
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How I found my calling

Kennenth

How after years of robotics, VEX helped me discover my passion in engineering.
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Life

user392578

This is what Vex robotics means to me.
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Life

user392578

This is what Vex robotics means to me.
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What Vex Robotics Means To Me

user392578

This is what Vex Robotics means to me
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My VEX Journey

Jij

This essay outlines Aarone's journey so far in VEX robotics with the Free Range Robotics team. It covers a 3 year period. Aarone Koshy, team 2921c
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How Vex impacted my life

meng

As a humanities student, I’ve always been weak at subjects like Maths and Science, and of course, Robotics. I’ve never thought that I could obtain even basic proficiency in them. However, through VEX, my confidence and proficiency has increased. After joining VEX robotics, I’ve gained more confidence with regards to subjects that I previously thought was impossible for me to achieve. Although I’ve never been, and do not have the aptitude to be good at Robotics, VEX has given me the confidence and the basic understanding of robotics, which has enriched my learning journey immensely....
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There and Back Again - A Programmer's Tale

DanC

A brief tale about a programmer's experiences and new-found outlook in robotics and life as a whole.
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Perfected Perspective

user364483

Kids hooked on iPods, texting, laptops...we're doomed! Or are we?
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The VEX Opportunity

Xiphas

Thomas's VEXperience and the opportunities it opened up for him.
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Robotics is more than just robotics.

user394207

Sometimes, the best things come in unexpected packages. For me, nowhere has this been truer than VEX Robotics.
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A Whole New World

user387757

Robotics is a new and constantly developing field of engineering with a tremendous amount of potential opportunities not only for me, but for future students as well.
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VEX Robotics

pie306

VEX Robotics Essay
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My Pseudo-Family

user392701

The life that VEX has given back to me.
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The Awakening

look4rainbows

My essay is about my journey into the world of vex and how that journey awakened the latent abilities in me.
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What VEX Means To Me

robogirl

When I attended my first WHS Robotics meeting in seventh grade, I never thought I would fit in, let alone have fun or accomplish anything. Today, five years, three international competitions, and countless irreplaceable memories later, I enter the classroom shared by our three robotics teams as club president. When I look around, I don’t see my teammates; I see my family. These once "nerdy guys" are now the people I turn to when I need a friend, whether it be for advice, a workout buddy, or someone to study with for tomorrow's math test. Through my experiences as a member on Team...
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The Value of Teamwork

user54634

This is an overview of how I learned the value of teamwork through my experience in the VEX Robotics Competition.
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A Solid Foundation

EricBeckmann

In this essay, I describe how the 9 month journey I took through the VEX competition has improved my engineering and teamwork skills.
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