Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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Community Award Sponsored by Google uses its resources to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges, combining funding, innovation, and technical expertise to support underserved communities and provide opportunity for everyone. Entries for this online challenge will highlight ways VEX Robotics teams use their resources and expertise to help or support their local communities.

Show us the ways your team makes meaningful impacts on problems or needs in your community. Your video should promote the ways your team uses its robotics skills and resources to make significant contributions to your school, town, or other community. The work described in your video can span multiple seasons, and is not limited to REC Foundation or VEX Robotics programs.

Visit this link for a printable summary of this challenge.


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


Five (5) Winners: Each winning team will receive an invitation and paid registration to the 2024 VEX World Championships.


Teams must be part of a registered VEX Robotics team for the current season.

  • 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.


Challenge Details

Show us how you’re helping your community. Your video should highlight the ways your team uses its knowledge and resources to make a meaningful and positive impact on your community. We want to see how you use the skills you’ve gained in VEX Robotics competitions to solve problems or fill needs in the world around you.

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • What skills, knowledge, and resources does your team share with the community? Are they skills you gained from participating in robotics?

  • What has your team done to address a challenge or problem in your community?

  • Who are the community members that your team supports, and why did you choose to support them?

  • What meaningful impact has your team made on your school, town, or community?

Minimum Requirements

A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.

  1. Entry is created and produced solely by student team members. It is acceptable for adults to help with the technical aspects of creating and submitting a video to YouTube, and adults are encouraged to assist in completing any task that would be difficult or inappropriate for students in their age group.

  2. Format: One link to a video file posted on YouTube, SchoolTube, Youku, or equivalent video-streaming platform. Links to Google Drive, Dropbox, or other storage locations are not acceptable and will not be reviewed.

  3. Size: Up to three (3) minutes, including title, credits, and any other content.

  4. Credits:  Each video must include:

    • Title of submission

    • Names of students who participated (using first names only is acceptable)

    • Team number 

    • Location of team

  5. Music must be in the public domain.

Upload Instructions

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.

  1. Click the green Submit an Entry button on the right side of the screen.

  2. Fill out the submission form and add an optional description of the entry to the Short Description field.

  3. Ensure you are entering the correct team number and letter, with no spaces.

  4. Click Save.

  5. Click the blue Links / Videos button in the upper right of the screen.

  6. Enter the URL, title, and description of the video.

  7. Click on Add Link.

Judging Information

  • Up to 5 points for a video that clearly describes the skills, knowledge, and resources the team shares with their community, particularly skills gained from participation in robotics, and how they’ve applied them to solve a problem

  • Up to 5 points for a video that clearly describes who the team’s actions support, why the team chose to support them, and how the team has positively impacted them

  • Up to 5 points for good video editing, including the structure and presentation of all material

  • Up to 5 points for music and/or sound that is clear, appropriate, and well-balanced

  • Up to 5 points for a video that is easy to understand, clearly presented, creative, and enjoyable to watch

  • Up to 5 points for the scope and impact of the project featured in the video


Deadline Information

Current time:
Tue, May 21, 2024 5:47 PM CDT


Wed, Nov 1, 2023 12:00 AM CDT


Wed, Jan 31, 2024 4:00 PM CST