Robotics Team/Club Website
This challenge is to develop a Website that promotes your entire robotics program - your VEX 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. Since a school or other organization (such as a community club, 4-H club, Scout unit, TSA chapter, or Explorer Post) may have more than one team, this challenge is for your whole school or club, not just one team. In short, build a Website that tells the world how great youth robotics is, and how special your program is.
- 1st: 2010 VEX Robotics Website Design Award, One VEX Robotics Classroom Lab Kit, Automatic Team Qualification for the 2010 VRC World Championship
- 2nd: One VEX Dual Control Starter Bundle
- 3rd: One VEX Protobot Robot Kit
- The school or other organization submitting the Website must have at least one team entered in the 2009-2010 VEX Robotics Competition season (one website entry per school/organization).
- The Website must be visible to the general public via a URL.
- The Website should have a unified design with a consistent look and feel throughout.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feel free to include videos, photos, animations or any other technique that tell your story.
- Provide recognition for your sponsors, teachers, mentors, and schools. You are encouraged to promote all the STEM activities in which your robotics program participates (VEX, BEST, Botball, FIRST, TSA, Underwater Robotics, workshops, camps, math competitions, bridge building, solar-powered cars, etc.)
- Do not infringe copyrights. The website may not include any material not suitable for a child, and may not promote violence or law breaking.
- The Website must have been designed and programmed by students in your VRC robotics program.
- 20 Points: Content: How well does the Website tell your programâ€™s story, and 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?
- 20 Points: Points for technical excellence â€“ is the site either custom-developed or â€“ if using a content management system â€“ 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? (No deduction for using tools such as a content management system, but the developer should customize it for their school/club.)
- 10 Points: Does the Website contain up-to-date information? The site should not be "stale." Does the Website recognize the contribution of sponsors, teachers, mentors, and others?