EMC Robotics Team/Club Website Challenge
This challenge is to develop a Website that promotes your entire robotics program - your VRC team(s) and any other robotics programs you participate in, your outreach activities, how to join, what you have done, who you are, where you are, and what you plan to do in the future. In short, build a Website that tells the world how great youth robotics is and how special your program is.
- 1st: $750 vexrobotics.com gift certificate, automatic team qualification for the 2013 VRC World Championship (if part of a registered VRC team)
- 2nd: $500 vexrobotics.com gift certificate
- 3rd: $250 vexrobotics.com gift certificate
- The school or other organization submitting the Website must have at least one team entered in the 2012-2013 VEX Robotics Competition season (one website entry per school/organization).
- A Website for a single team from a multi-team program will not meet the requirements of this challenge.
- Share a URL for your program's Website
- The Website must have been designed and programmed by students in your VRC robotics program.
- Your Website should include what you have done in the past, what you are working on now, and what your plans are for the future. Cover whatever is most important to your program: starting new teams, bringing in new programs, increasing membership, building new robots, working on non-robot projects, mentoring other students, and serving your community. There is no fixed list, but you should give the viewer a clear picture of where you are and where you are going as a program.
- Provide recognition for your sponsors, teachers, mentors, and schools. You are encouraged to promote all the STEM activities in which your robotics program participates (VRC, BEST, Botball, FIRST, TSA, PLTW, SKILLS USA, SKILLS Canada, underwater robotics, workshops, camps, math competitions, bridge building, solar-powered cars, etc.)
- The Website should have a unified design with a consistent look and feel throughout.
- The Website must be visible to the general public via a URL.
- Websites may use Flash and/or Silverlight, and must work on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers. No other plug-in may be required to view the site.
- Do not infringe copyrights.
- The Website may not include any material not suitable for a child, and may not promote violence or law breaking.
- How well does the entry meet the requirements?
- Content: How well does the Website tell your programâ€™s story? Does it provide useful information for outsiders wanting to learn about your program? Does it encourage other students to participate in their own programs and/or join yours?
- Is the site either custom-developed or highly customized for the team? Does the site have unique features or is it just a stock template? Is the Website attractive and easy to navigate and does it have a unified design? Does the Website have a clear, easy-to-use layout, good structure, and consistent use of colors, menus, and imagery? There is no deduction for using tools such as a content management system, but the developer should customize it for their school/club.