Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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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


Engineer's Guide on How to Create an Effective...

Ian Clavio

This video was made by Nerd Herd's Team 687D. The Nerd Herd goes to the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS), a public magnet high school in Carson, CA. The video teaches new VEX Robotics teams about the basic steps in a Design Process. The design process is really helpful in the field of engineering because it is effective for creating and managing a team STEM process that can help students prepare for competition. As if students are creating a road to success. In the video, students (I referenced them as "engineers") will use this guide to learn how to...


Team 5297C online challenge


This is a STEM educational video on how to successfully build a team at a Robotics Competitions.


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1410L entry, "6 tips on preparing for a...


here is our entry:

Software used:
Video Editing and animation: Blender3d 2.76
Audio Mix: Ardour / Audacity
Icons: GIMP / Inkscape
encoding: Openshot

"World War P" by Infl8

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2918 GCEC Vex Instructional Video


In this video we showcase some tips for new students in the VEX Robotics Porgram

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Team 4442X's Guide On How To Make An Amazing...


Island Pacific Academy Navigator Robotics Team 4442X's submission for the RECF STEM Educational Video Award 2015-16 (Online Challenge). This video is about how to document the engineering design process in an engineering notebook using the international baccalaureate design cycle.

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How to Run a Successful Robotics Corporation


The future of robotics is in enterpreneurship.  Team 918V Quirk uses the processes of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to help others create and run a successful corporation off of which they can create a business.  There is no better time than now to learn about the business world so that we can pave a path for our future employment.  The future is now.  This is "How to Run a Successful Robotics Corporation."


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How do you run an Effective Team?


   This video was made by the Comebacx, team number 918X. We attend Hyde Park MS. in Las Vegas, Nevada. This video focuses on how to run an effective team. We focus on the management of an effective team and the organization of a team. We are the next generation and I guarantee you, you will be impressed.


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How To Effectively Plan Out Your VEX Robot


This video is jam-packed with facts and clear descriptions on how to plan out a VEX robot. Included in this video is the following:

- 5 steps on planning out a succesful robot

- detailed explanation on the 5 steps to give you a clear idea of what to do


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Team 1138's Guide to Tournament Conduct


Tournament conduct is one of the most important factors in winning awards, including the Sportsmanship award, and the Excellence Award. With our video we hope to educate teams about the proper way to conduct themselves at tournaments. 

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4 Steps to Proper Testing


985E RoboDragons explain the 4 Steps to properly testing changes you make to your VEX robot.

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Staying Organized with the Magic Bag


This video was made by Renegade Robotics, Team 1666, an all-girls robotics team based in Menlo Park, California. Our video is a humorous infomercial about a little trick we use at competitions: the Magic Bag. We are so happy that we created this helpful item, and we want to share it so that it can help you too stay organized! Sit back and enjoy the video!

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The Easy Button Interview


“The Easy Button Interview” is about a good” interview vs. a “bad” interview. In the first half of the video, an example of a bad interview is portrayed. As a result, the team fails to win any award. Then, the team lists all that went wrong in the interview (ex. being disrespectful to the judges, taking too many selfies, talking way too much, exercising, and one of the members missing the interview altogether).  Luckily, the team has a special remote that can go back in time with the push of a button and redo the interview. In the second half of the...

Using 2D Models to Design Lifts


This video shows VEX IQ teams a simple way of designing a lift or linkage using two dimensional modeling on the VEX IQ field.  This is a good way to work out the geometry and movement of a lift without having the build the entire robot, and without knowing how to use CAD.  Using the approach will speed up the design process and help to quickly and simply prove out concepts and ideas.

Team 3333Q first used this approach to design a series of 4 bar linkage lifts for last year's High Rise challenge.  This year we are using it for designing...

Preparing for FAILURE

Wingus or Dingus

Being prepared for failure will help you succeed. Watch our educational video and find out more.

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How to Effectively Run a Team at a Tournament


This is a STEM Educational Presentation on how to effectively run a team at a large VEX tournament. At Lynfield College, we believe that optimum tournament results are more likely to be obtained if a team adopts a managed approach and each person takes care of the particular task they have been assigned.

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vex Pneumatics


This video shows an easy way to put together and program pneumatics.

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4073G's Basics and Tips to an Awesome Engineering...


This is 4073G's Educational Video which is gives advice about the basics and important tips to keep in mind for a better Engineering Notebook.  Based on our own first person experience with the notebooks, we've been able to share knowledge with fellow recorders and other robotic teams.

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3946R STEM Educational Video


This video will give watchers a overview of the steps taken during the design process.

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Robotics module


This is the video I made in our robotics module which we have at St Peter's College for one third of the year. It hopefully shows how you can use gears to make the wheels spin faster and then the ball will go further

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V-REX Race


This video is to show everybody that robotics is fun. You can make your own robots, Brandon made one V-Rex mr vanharen made the other and groups made other robots. unfortunately one of the V-Rexes died after a soccer ball hit him and twisted his axles. and that is how dinosaurs got extinct.

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Team 9571D: The Motor Tester


Does your team struggle when building due to the fact that you haven't programmed your robot yet? Then the motor tester is for you. This tool allows for quick testing of prototypes and mechanisms without the need to constantly add programming.

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A PID Tutorial


This video outlines how to create a PID loop to regulate wheel speed.

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On the Aesthetics and Design of Engineering


This video is meant to educate on how to design a product or machine's aesthetics, according to it's purpose and what message the creator wants to deliver to his/her consumers.

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Theater, Math Club...Robotics?! Oh My!


We are Team 2442A from Bancroft School in Worcester, Massachusetts. We would like to show you how we balance extracurricular activities we participate in with Robotics. Learn our three most useful tips!

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Packing for a Competition


Team 8926, Combined IQ, invites you to view Packing for a Competition, a silent movie that outlines the most important things that each member of a VRC team will need to take with them to a competition. Arriving at a tournament to find that important parts (or even the robot) has been left at home can be unnerving.  Watch this funny clip to learn more about how to help your pit crew chief prepare for your next big event!

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How to deal with conflicts between teammates


The video we created demonstrates how we work successfully as a team, despite not always agreeing with one another.  We have one goal and many different opinions about how to be successful.  We used vignettes to demonstrate communication and how to be effective when communicating a point.  In the end, it is about both collaboration and building consensus in a team.  

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The Perfect Match: Scouting 101


In this video from Bancroft School Team 2442C, the team discusses the importance of scouting and some of the ways in which to effectively scout out other Robots.

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750C STEM Educational Video


Educates other students participating in robotics about the nuances in going to a robotics competition.

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750W Redesigning the Design Process


We found some errors in the general design process and decided to update it to a process that better fits engineers who are building robots. We account for the constant rethinking of strategies and abilities a robot can have during the building process.

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Vex Robotics Guide on Effective Game Analysis


Many people don't fully value the importance of strategy. However, strategy is fundamental to the success of any team.  A well-formulated and executed strategy can lead to victory at the build table and at the competition field. And yet many people find strategy and its purpose difficult to articulate. In this video, teams will learn how to effectively analyze a competition game, successfully develop viable game strategies, and hone analytical skills with ease. VRC 472A - HSC Robotics 

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8931B RECF educational video


This video helps younger teams with team building and engineering processes. Our team is always helping our the new teams. Our lead programmer is always helping people at compeetition when something goes wrong. One of our builders always helps out the 8th grade teams with their sketches and designs. Our scout is also the president of our club so she is in charge of a lot of what our club does as a whole. On top of that she prints out scouting sheets from every competion to hand out to not only our teams, but teams from other clubs as well. We wanted to make this video to further help the...

Dez's Declassified Notebook Survival Guide


Team 7983G's STEM Notebook Entry for the Nothing But Net season. This is a guide that provides 7 main tips for the Design Notebook. The Design Notebook is important to show how the team as a whole has gone through the Design process, and this video gives tips on how to present the team's information to judges. These tips will be usefully for any Engineering/Design Notebook.

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RECF STEM: The Flywheel


Team 7983G's entry for the STEM online challenge that explains the physics behind the flywheel to help new teams understand scientifically how a flywheel works. The flywheel is a common design for the Nothing But Net game; however, not everyone understands how and why a flywheel works. By giving teams understanding the science and mathematic principles behind the flywheel, they are able to build more effect robots for competition.

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STEM Education


This video will show that how to prepare a challenge and how to obtain valuable experience from robot competition.

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Nothing But Net Projectile Motion


For new teams understanding the basic principles of the Kinematics equations is important. Through these equations it is possible for teams to understand the ideal angles and the speed required to shoot full field.

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Divide and Conquer


This video addresses the prompt centered on maximizing the effectiveness of assigning jobs within the team. Our team decided to enumerate three single steps into dividing work within the team. The first is to "identify problem areas". The second is to "determine individual strengths". Lastly, the third is to "allocate jobs to match strengths". Within the video, team members give their reasons as to why they wish to work on certain jobs, taking into consideration new members and their "individual strengths". By following these steps, tasks are...



The file for the video is attached, and in the event that it doesn not work, I have included a link to the same video that has been uploaded to YouTube.

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Dummy Guide to Vex Cortex Controller


Programming a Vex Cortex Controller made easy - especially useful for the beginners. 

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Gigabots 2148E How to Build a Team


Gigabots 2148E tell how to build a team.

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