Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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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.

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 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.


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 (news articles about the team, screen captures, etc) and supporting text to showcase your program’s advocacy efforts in the last year.

  • Include examples of the advocacy work that your school /organization has accomplished in the last year at the local, state and/or national level.

  • Tell us about the importance of STEM opportunities for students in your community.

  • Tell us about a limitation on access to robotics or other STEM opportunities that affects your local, state, or national community, and describe the goals you set for your team to address it.

  • Describe your advocacy efforts and their impact.

  • Show evidence of how and what you prepared for your meetings with legislators, and of those meetings

  • Provide a statement from a school administrator (principal, vice principal, or dean) or legislator that verifies the successful completion of your work.

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

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, "Student Advocacy Challenge entry, team 007x."

  8. Click on Save to record your edits.

Judging Information

  • 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.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Tue, Apr 23, 2024 10:15 AM CDT


Wed, Nov 1, 2023 12:00 AM CDT


Wed, Jan 31, 2024 4:00 PM CST