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FUTURE Foundation Sustainable Design Robot Construction Challenge

The FUTURE Foundation exists to advance robotics and technology through education.

With the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop as inspiration, build a VEX robot or robotically-controlled machine that achieves one or more sustainability goals. You may construct either a full-size VEX robot or a VEX model of a larger machine.

Sustainability is about using engineering and science to reduce human environmental impact. This can mean producing renewable energy, using less energy, replacing high-environmental-impact materials with low-impact alternatives, recycling, reusing, and designing upgradeable products that can meet future needs without having to be replaced. Learn more about sustainability, and specifically sustainable design, at the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop website at





Shad is an autonomous robot model that lowers a window shade when the sun directly hits the window and raises it as the sun moves above. It is designed to prevent a house from overheating, thereby reducing the need for air conditioners.
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Let There Be Light!

Omni Eagles 4000

This is an energy conserving light switcher. The robot is made to cut wasted energy from lights, only leaving what is necessary for humans to operate in a building. The concept for the robot is to help produce net zero energy buildings.
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The Parts Sweeper!


The Parts Sweeper is a user controllable robot that can pick up any vex part that may be lying around the robotics room. It is a more energy efficient alternative to a vacuum cleaner because it uses 1/10 the energy of the average vacuum.
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