Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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VRC Game Design Animation Challenge

Create an animated video that shows and explains a new VEX Robotics Competition game.



  • 1st: 2012 VRC Game Design Animation Award, $750 gift certificate and automatic team qualification for the 2012 VRC World Championship (if part of a registered VRC team), PLUS Autodesk is providing a $150 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2nd: $500 gift certificate, PLUS Autodesk is providing a $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • 3rd: $250 gift certificate, PLUS Autodesk is providing a $50 Amazon Gift Card



  • This contest is open to students anywhere in the world currently registered in a middle school or high school educational institution, or to home school students younger than college/university level (generally age 18 and younger).
  • The g ame must incorporate at least one of the challenge objects displayed below. At least one of the challenge objects must be significantly involved in the scoring of the game.
    • Although at least one of these game objects must be used, you will design all other game elements, including scoring objects.
    • The challenge objects may be used in different sizes as long as the proportions remain unchanged. You may assume the cone and prism are either solid or hollow, and may "open up" one face of the prism or the base of the cone if you wish. The prism may optionally be rendered as an open-frame object like the tetrahedron. The open-sided tetrahedron may optionally be re-rendered as a solid object, or as a hollow object with three solid faces.
    • Image files for these three objects are included here:
  • Create an animated video of the game:
    • No more than 3:00 minutes long with up to an extra 15 seconds at the end (not the beginning) for credits, for a total of 3:15 (195 seconds)
    • Post your animation to YouTube
    • Start with an title screen and introduction that states the name of the game
    • Show and explain the scoring objects in the game
    • Explain how the challenge object is used
    • Demonstrate the game being played, explaining and/or showing important game dynamics, rules and penalties
    • Visually show how a demo match would be played and scored and show who would win
    • Show and explain any field objects (goals, ramps, barriers, obstacles, etc.)
    • Any animation method may be used, including computer-generated images (CGI), claymation, stop action, or hand-crafted art. Traditionally this is a CGI contest, but we are always interested in other creative approaches. You may NOT use video of live action – remember this is an animation contest!
  • Designs submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
Judging Community voting will determine six of the ten finalists with the additional submissions chosen by the RECF. The finalist submissions will then be judged by selected professionals who will determine the Game Design Animation Challenge winners. Evaluation
  • 50 Points: How well does the entry meet the requirements?
  • 25 Points: Video is well-produced and exhibits good editing, animation techniques, and use of music and narration.
  • 25 Points: The game is playable, interesting, and incorporates the challenge object(s) in a creative, interesting way. It is a good game.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Wed, Apr 24, 2024 3:34 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