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International Robotics Honor Society Service Award

The International Robotics Honor Society (IRHS) recognizes and celebrates students who excel in academics, robotics, personal character, and community service. Members of IRHS chapters work together to design and execute service learning projects that fulfill needs within their school or community. Entries for this challenge will demonstrate how service learning projects have impacted an IRHS High School Chapter and the community they serve.

How has helping the community helped your IRHS Chapter? Create a digital portfolio to show us how your problem-focused service learning project (or projects!) has advanced your Chapter's program and/or curriculum goals. Include reflections from student members from the IRHS aspects of academics, service, character, robotics, and leadership to show how IRHS makes a positive impact on members and the community.

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 Aerial Drone Competition


One (1) Winner: The winning chapter will receive one (1) invitation to the 2024 VEX World Championships or their Aerial Drone Regional Championship for a team representing the chapter.


Teams must be part of a registered high school VRC or Aerial Drone Competition team for the current season, and members of an approved, current, active high school chapter of the International Robotics Honor Society.

  • Only one entry per IRHS chapter is permitted.

  • 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

Think of this as a digital portfolio. Your submission can be created using Book Creator, Google Sites, slides, or other methods and converted/printed to a PDF for submission. Use a combination of imagery and text to showcase your chapter’s service learning projects in the last year.

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • What was the focus of your service-learning project, and why did your chapter select it?

  • How did your project positively impact the community?

  • How do the individual members of your IRHS chapter feel about the project, their service, and the IRHS aspects of academics, service, character, robotics, and leadership?

  • How did you celebrate at the completion of your service? Did community members participate in the celebration?

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.

  2. Format: One PDF file (up to 20MB) that includes all content, including images. A submission created in any other format must be converted or printed to a PDF file for upload. Submissions in other formats will not be reviewed. 

  3. Title Page:  Each entry must include a title page that includes:

    • Title of submission

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

    • Team number 

    • Location of school/organization

  4. Signed statement from a school administrator (principal, vice principal, or dean) that verifies the successful completion of the project

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 Files /Images button in the upper right of the screen.

  6. Drag/drop your PDF file into the Upload a File box, then refresh if needed to view file details below the Upload a File box.

  7. Edit the Display Name and file information to include your entry title and your team number; for example, "IRHS Challenge entry, team 007x."

  8. Click on Save to record your edits.

Judging Information

  • Up to 5 points for identifying a problem-based service learning project and explaining why it was chosen.

  • Up to 5 points for telling a clear story of the project and describing its impact on the community.

  • Up to 5 points for reflections on IRHS and the project from IRHS student members. 

  • Up to 5 points for evidence and details of a celebration after the project.

  • Up to 5 points for describing a STEM role model and how this person inspires a more inclusive team/program.

  • Up to 5 points for a well-structured, complete submission that uses both text and images to tell a story with a clear beginning, middle, and end and that is enjoyable to read.

  • Up to 5 points for a submission that presents a strong overall effort on behalf of an entire IRHS chapter, with a significant community impact.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Tue, May 21, 2024 7:03 PM CDT


Wed, Nov 1, 2023 12:00 AM CDT


Wed, Jan 31, 2024 4:00 PM CST