Student Advocacy Award
Student Leadership in Advancing STEM Advocacy
This challenge recognizes and celebrates High School robotics and drone teams that have made an impact at the local, state, or national level regarding the adaptation or expansion of legislation that provides robotics or other STEM opportunities for all students. Entries for this challenge will demonstrate how the students advanced their legislative goals and will include the documentation to support their efforts.
Create a digital portfolio to show us the work that your team has accomplished in the last year in your advocacy effects at the local, state, and/or national level.
|Elementary School||Middle School||High School||College / University||No Grade Level Restrictions|
|VEX Robotics Competition||Aerial Drone Competition|
One (1) Winner: The winning school/organization will receive an invitation and paid registration to the 2024 VEX World Championships or their Aerial Drone Regional Championship for one team representing the school/organization.
Teams must be part of a registered high school VEX Robotics Competition or Aerial Drone Competition team for the current season.
Only one entry per school or organization 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.
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 (news articles about the team, screen captures, etc) and supporting text to showcase your program’s advocacy efforts in the last year.
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 describing a problem regarding equitable access to robotics and the students' resulting legislative goals.
Up to 5 points for telling a clear story of the students' advocacy efforts at the local, state, and/or national level, and describing the impact of those efforts in detail.
Up to 5 points for including clear evidence (news articles, screen captures, etc.) of the actions taken by students to prepare materials and meet with legislators.
Up to 5 points for a signed statement from a school administrator (principal, vice principal, or dean) or legislator verifying the advocacy work described in the submission.
Up to 5 points for a well-structured, complete submission that effectively uses a variety of content types and that is enjoyable to review.
- Up to 5 points for a submission that presents a strong overall effort on behalf of the students involved, with a significant community impact.