Career Readiness Challenge - Middle School
The engineering design process is a practical approach to problem-solving that is utilized by VEX Robotics teams and in a wide range of potential careers. Entries for this challenge will explore the way professionals in a specific career or company use and document the steps of the engineering design process.
VEX Robotics competitors are uniquely positioned to become future innovators and pursue STEM-related careers. Many of the skills developed, including application of the engineering design process, will directly transfer to future professions. We want you to explore a possible future career, and discover the similarities and differences in how that prospective career and VEX Robotics teams use and learn from the process of engineering design. There are many paths that you can take to becoming a STEM leader. Which will you choose?
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One (1) Winner: $500 VEX Robotics gift certificate; if the winning entry is from a VIQRC or VRC team that has competed in their program with a physical robot during their competition season, they will also receive an automatic qualification to the 2024 VEX World Championships
Four (4) Finalists: $100 VEX Robotics gift certificate
Finalists and winners will be selected at each of the following grade levels, for a total of three (3) prize packages:
VRC High School
Teams must be part of a registered VEX Robotics team for the current season.
This page is for Middle School entries only - if you are any other program or grade level, please refer to the Online Challenge listings to find the correct page for your program and grade level.
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. Entries must vary in content and presentation to be considered separate entries.
Entries submitted in previous years’ Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
By uploading a submission to an REC Foundation Online Challenge, you agree to follow the Submission Guidelines and certify that you understand the Intellectual Property Rights held by you and the REC Foundation regarding your submission. Please review the Submission Guidelines and Intellectual Property Rights information at this link before uploading your submission.
Rules of the Challenge
How does a professional’s use of the design process match yours? As the world continues to become more technical, an increasing number of professions rely on some version of the engineering design process to identify and solve problems. Your submission will use a combination of text and images to identify a specific career or company and explore how its professionals apply and document the steps of a design process in the tasks of their job.
Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:
A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.
Note: Beginning with the 2023-24 season, challenge entries must be uploaded by the primary contact for a registered team. This individual should ensure that the submission meets all requirements and criteria before uploading.
Up to 5 points for a submission that identifies a career or company and describes why it was chosen
Up to 5 points for a description of how the chosen profession or company applies steps of the engineering design process, and how their process compares to the team’s process
Up to 5 points for describing how participation in VEX Robotics prepares students for a future career
Up to 5 points for clear presentation of findings and organization of content
Up to 5 points for the quality and readability of the writing, including spelling, grammar, and sentence structure
Up to 5 points for the quality and thoroughness of images used to document the project