Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Inspiring students, one robot at a time.

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs. We see a future where all students design and innovate as part of a team, experience failure, persevere, and embrace STEM. These lifelong learners emerge confident in their ability to make the world a better place.


RECF STEM Educational Video

Create a video to teach a new team something about the creation and management of an effective team STEM process that can help them better prepare for competition. You should come up with your own idea, but here are some sample ideas from previous years’ Educational Videos:

  • How to analyze an engineering game or challenge to create an optimal strategy
  • How to build an effective team
  • How to test a mechanisms
  • What kind of engineering process works best, and how to document it


Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Robotics Competition VEX V5 Robotics Competition VEX U Robotics Competition


  • 1st: RECF STEM Educational Video Award, $750 gift certificate and automatic team qualification for the 2016 VRC World Championship if the entrant is part of a registered VRC or VEX U team
  • 2nd: $500 gift certificate
  • 3rd: $250 gift certificate


Entrant grade range: middle school, high school, university

VEX competition team requirement: Does not have to be a team entry


These are the minimum requirements for this challenge. The “Evaluation” section below will provide additional guidance on how your project will be judged. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements may result in your entry being disqualified from advancing to Finalist or Winner status.

  • This challenge is about the best way to plan, organize, operate and/or manage your STEM work team, or how to most-effectively run your team at an event. Your video must focus on at least one aspect of these processes. You may want to build some kind of robot or robotics mechanism to support your video, but is not required.
  • Video up to three minutes long, submitted to YouTube, plus an additional credits section at the end, up to 15 seconds long.  
  • At the end of the video, there must be a credits section up to 15 seconds long which includes the name of the entrant or entrants, the VRC or VEX U team number of the team (if any), and the name of the video, plus any other information the creators want to include (software used, recognition of sponsors, etc.)
  • Videos submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.

Judging Information

Judges will select at least ten finalists from the submitted entries, and will take community voting results into account in making their choices. The finalist submissions will then be judged by additional selected professionals whose scores will be combined with the preliminary-round judges’ scores to determine the winner of the RECF STEM Educational Video Challenge.

Evaluation Criteria and Additional Information

The judges will evaluate each entry on:

  • The entry provides real solutions to at least one of the planning, organization, training, operation,  management issues, or event management issues facing STEM competition teams
  • The video effectively states its goals and achieves them
  • The video is easily understood, clearly presented, creative and is enjoyable to watch
  • Video is of high production quality, with good video, editing and sound

Your video should focus on the process you use to operate your team. The judges will expect each entry to cover at least one of these areas or a similar area not listed here:

  • How to document an engineering process
  • How to do scouting
  • How to deal with conflicts between team members
  • How to divide up work for maximum effectiveness
  • How to work with other teams at an event
  • How to effectively run your team at a tournament
  • How to prepare your team and robot for an event
  • How to train new team members

For each of these, you should mention why you use this approach.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Thu, Jul 25, 2024 10:22 AM CDT


Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:00 AM CDT


Wed, Jan 13, 2016 11:00 AM CST

Voting Ends:

Fri, Feb 5, 2016 10:59 AM CST