Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge

The FUTURE Foundation exists to advance robotics and technology through education. The challenge this year is to build a personal service robot or robotics machine - a machine that would make its owner's life easier by doing a task that is repetitive, boring, tedious, difficult, or unpleasant. This robot or robotic machine could be used at home, in a hobby, in the garden, at school, camping, etc. The only requirement is that it is in some way a personal assistant, not as a work tool.



  • 1st: 2012 FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge Award, $750 gift certificate, automatic team qualification for the 2012 VRC World Championship (if part of a registered VRC team)
  • 2nd: $500 gift certificate
  • 3rd: $250 gift certificate



  • No team may submit more than one entry. Each team in a multi-team school or club program may enter this competition. Entries may represent a single team or multiple teams from the same school or club.
  • This contest is open to students anywhere in the world currently registered in an education institution at the middle school, high school or college/university level, or to home school students younger than college/university level.
  • Since this is a personal robot or robotic machine, it should be useful to an individual in a non-work setting. Your robot may either be a full-scale useful machine itself or it can be a working scale VEX prototype of a larger machine. An elegant and entertaining engineering solution demonstrated using VEX is the goal of this challenge.
  • Four images showing the completed robot or robotic machine (front, back, side, top)
  • Designs submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
  • Produce four images showing the completed machine from front, back, side, and top. Other angles are welcome, but not mandatory.
  • Create a video of the robot in action posted to YouTube, not more than 120 seconds in length. After your 120 seconds of video demonstrating the robot, you may have up to 15 seconds of credits. The credits must be at the end, not the beginning of the video.
  • Write a document of up to 500 words describing your robot and what it does in either Microsoft Word or PDF.
Judging Community voting will determine six of the ten finalists with four additional submissions chosen by the RECF. The finalist submissions will then be judged by selected professionals who will determine the FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge Award winners. Evaluation
  • 50 Points: How well does the entry meet the requirements?
  • 20 Points: The video clearly shows the robot in action, and shows how it achieves the goals laid out in the written description.
  • 20 Points: The degree to which the robot or robotic machine achieves the goal of being useful in providing service to its user. The robot or robotic machine is well made and functional, and safe in use.
  • 10 Points: Written description is clear and informative

Deadline Information

Current time:
Sat, May 18, 2024 2:17 AM CDT


Wed, Sep 21, 2011 12:00 AM CDT


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 11:59 PM CST

Voting Ends:

Tue, Jan 24, 2012 11:59 PM CST