Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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VEX Robotics Essay Challenge

This challenge is to write a short essay on what exactly VEX Robotics means to you. Tell the judges your own story of your involvement on a competition team, in a classroom, or as a hobbyist working with VEX. Perhaps VEX robotics has made you rethink your career plans, or made you want to study engineering in college, or helped you understand physics better. Maybe you have a friend or family member who learned something valuable from their VEX experience. However VEX Robotics has improved your understanding, inspired you to try something you didn't know you could do, or even changed the course of your education - we want to hear about it.



  • $50 gift certificates for the top ten entries



  • This contest is open to students anywhere in the world currently registered in an education institution at the middle school or high school level, or to home school students younger than college/university level (generally 18 or younger).
  • A written essay in English of up to 250 words in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Portable Document Format (pdf).
  • Only one essay may be submitted per person.
  • More than one person may work on a single essay, but only one prize will be awarded per essay.
  • This is an individual competition, not team or school.
Judging The winning submissions will be chosen by the staff of VEX Robotics and RECF using the judging criteria. The top ten essays will be recognized online and will receive the prizes listed above. Evaluation
  • Content: Does the essay tell a compelling story and is it clearly focused on the topic?
  • Writing: Is the essay clear and well thought-out, and is it easy to read and understand? Does it show good use of grammar and correct spelling?

Deadline Information

Current time:
Thu, Jun 13, 2024 2:53 PM CDT


Fri, Sep 21, 2012 12:00 AM CDT


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 2:00 PM CST

Voting Ends:

Fri, Jan 25, 2013 2:00 PM CST