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Recycling Online Challenge Sponsored by FUTURE Foundation

With ten years of VRC events and competitions, we know there are a great deal of old game elements out there. We would like to challenge teams to look in storage rooms, closets, and boxes to find previously used stars, Skyrise pieces, cubes, balls, etc. Take some time to think of a creative plan to give old VRC game objects a new purpose. Consider how you can make something to assist a teacher or students in a classroom, or perhaps something that can make simple tasks around the home or office a little easier. For example, we constructed a working floor lamp out of the Skyrise pieces while we were developing this challenge!


Robotics Recycling Online Challenge


     The thought process of team 6403F was that the best pieces to use were the cubes from Skyrise because they could be used to make anything. Ben wanted to make a chair, so we did! Once finished he sat down, it was a torture device! If we laid back the chair would have lost balance and collapsed. We took that disaster apart.

     The next robotics practice he tried again, but this time Ben did not finish. While he stepped away, possibly due to the bad design, it was destroyed. Also, in that model of the...

Skyrise Cube Desktop/Mini Shelf


Welcome to our Skyrise cube Table/Mini Shelf!


This Table/Shelf is made with table legs made out of Skyrise Cubes, along with shelves made by connecting Vex piece cardboard box cardboard to the two legs of the table, and a tabletop made out of Vex mats.

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Stack Up


We Pluto Robotics have put together a game that will test your robot. You will have to master all aspects of robotics to win. You need strategy, a claw that go go up to three feet tall and hold one foot long objects. You will need to go in correct and tight squeezes and have good aim. We would like to thank Mr. Patricks for helping us. Cristian Cano and Ben Heck worked on it and their teamates are Shane Wyman, Jonothan Armijo, Gunner Negrete, and Raghav Bhagat.

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Future Foundation Entry (8110R)


Vex Future Foundation Online Challenge-Ethan Rittmiller 8110R “The Knights”


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VEX Christmas Tree


To celebrate the holiday season, we created a Christmas tree made out of old VEX parts, complete with gear ornaments and a chain garland. Happy holidays from Ten Ton Robotics!

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Bucky Bright


Young kids don’t sleep through the night. They are always waking up in search of a glass of water or to use the bathroom. It’s not safe to wander in the dark and a light switch can be hard to find and may disrupt another’s sleep. With this set of problems in mind, 56C designed the Bucky Bright.


Parts List:


  • Red Vex BuckyBall

  • Skyrise Post Holder

  • 3...

Water Filter


We have made this water filter to help those who don't have access to clean water. This was thought of because of all the natural disasters going on in California and in other places all around the world. This was make from Starstruck, Nothing But Net, and Skyrise pieces. 

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Shanghai Huangpu A



According to the game rules,every year we have to purchase a lot of new game elements.After each April,the elements will become useless.So we start to think that what those old elements can do for our normal life.Finally,we find out the Skyrise pieces can make us a simple but useful bookshelf.Also,some of our old members could have the chance to put the old elements on their on their desk,studying while cherishing the memory of the old days.

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The Atomic Recycling Bin


We created a recycling bin out of materials from: Skyrise, Nothing but Net, and Starstruck (all 3 years our team has competed). It is almost entirely made of VEX parts, and was very fun to put together! This bin can hold almost anything, from recycling, trash, or even this year's game pieces! What a better way to be reminded to recycle than to put your recycling in a bin made from recycled materials.

We set this up in different areas in our school, and encouraged students to use it for their paper recycling.

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Shanghai Yongchang D


We are team 8193D form Shanghai Yongchang Private School. We all love VEX Robotics very much. We have already prepared for the competition for a long time. We will see you in Louisville in this April. Are you ready?

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REC Foundation Online Challenge


This is our F.U.T.U.R.E Foundation online challenge, we decided to make something that was useful in the classroom but also fit into the environment. That is why we designed our lamp to look like a tree. Our lamp is able to turn on and off, while also being able to adjust the lamp height.

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The Recycled Recycling Project


My siblings and I were batting around ideas for ways to recycle VEX parts in innovative and helpful ways. While we were working, however, our dog constantly took our parts and chewed them up behind our backs. After some consideration, this gave us the idea to make pet toys. We took inspiration from other cat toys when designing these new ones.

They were ready to turn it in only to discover that the challenge was for EDR and U only, so I took over the project.

We've used VEX IQ hex balls to create cats toys and VEX EDR skyrise cubes to create a play-structure for...

Organizing CUBES



We have chosen the Recycling Online Challenge Sponsored by FUTURE Foundation, we used the cubes of the Vex Robotics Competition Skyrise (2014-2015).

We have used them to organize the different Vexs’ pieces. We put them in lockers and we added tags to the box to allow us to find them easier.

Also we have modified the cubes, we added cardboard to the sides so that the pieces don’t fall and make it easier to pick them up.

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VRC recycling


 Entry of 3496 C/Revere Robotics White

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Thinking Chair char


The problem that we were faced with was to repurpose old game pieces and make them into something that could solve a common problem in a home, office, or school. Our first plan was to build a trophy display stand using skyrise pieces. We took the skyrise blocks, split them up, and reattached them so that they made a multi-level display. We found that the center, wasn’t as stable as we would’ve liked, and could fall with any slight pressure.

So our team went back to the drawing board to brainstorm a different item. We decided to build a thinking chair out of old...

Recycling Challenge of 278X Titan Team Hyperion...


Our idea came from a random comment one of us made that the stars would make a cool  looking clock. Once we decide to do it as a project it was simply figure out the logistics. Early this school year our school received a laser etcher so we then implement the technology into the project through the clock faces. We then went and got the basic dimension of the the star pieces and made it so the faces fit perfectly. The rest was rather simple ending up with a stylish clock made almost completely from recycled vex parts.


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Team 3050B's - Recycling Online Challenge...


This is team 3050B's 

Recycling Online Challenge Sponsored by FUTURE Foundation

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Recycling Robotic's Plastics


VEX and VEX IQ Recycling Projects Rockway Rockbots


Recycling is a crucial part of our activities at Rockway Middle School. Creating a culture of conservation and preservation of natural resources is a must in our classrooms.

This time, besides the collection of a great amount of electronics and other items, we ideated new ways to reuse the plastics that we used in past competitions, mostly pertaining to the VEX and VEX IQ kits, which are robotics materials.


Vex Jets Recycle 4073A


The Joe Walker Vex Jets made a desktop organizer for our online challenge. We made this out of red skyrise peices. We made a spot for a computer and we made spots for pens and pencils.

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Recycling Online Challenge Sponsored by FUTURE...


We are going to state, and homecoming. This picture was taken after our first robotics tournament, where we lost in semi-finals but won the excellence award. I, Jesse Sanchez, decided to invite Yailin Chavez to homecoming but, I wanted to do ask her out where we first met which was robotics. So although you cannot see the video, Yailin went up to receive the reward that is when we drove the robot with the poster so when the moment she turned around to face us with the award she saw the robot raised with the poster hanging. She said yes to the invitation. 

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VEX Porcupine Marker Holder


Marker holder constructed by vex balls Recycling online challenge

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91C's Recycled Storage Unit


Being a part of the VEXMEN, the largest Vex club in the world, we have a large supply of parts. The mass supply can be difficult to keep organized, especially since storage and shelving units can be so expensive. To help keep our parts organized, we created a storage unit out of old VRC game elements. 

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VEX Cushion


The VEX Cushion idea initially started as a joke back in the summer of 2017, where we would gather a bunch of Starstruck cubes and sit on them. The more we thought about it, the more fluent the idea became. This also helped because we found ourselves working on the robot on the ground quite often, so we would need a place to sit. We decided to arrange them in a square because we were unfortunately only able to find four cubes from the storage space. The main problem was that they were unstable, so we secured it with nylon rope and duct tape. We will be keeping this as a cushion at our...


The Tubular Flute


The Tubular Flute

By Co-Captain Eric Fabanich of 6403B  


    For the Recycle Online Challenge, we have decided to go for a instrumental goal for this challenge. We have constructed a simple flute out of a wall pipe used as a fence for the 2015-16 VEX IQ game Bank Shot. The procedure to make this flute was not complicated and it was very easy to make in a short amount of time. The result afterwards was definitely pleasing and guarantees that it will play music. There are many reasons as to why we...

1138B's Safety Glasses Holder


This is a storage for safety glasses for Team 1138's machine shop, equiped with an easy access section to grab safety glasses from around the corner so people would not have to walk into a room with active machinery without proper protection, or wait for all the machines to be inactive to enter and grab safety glasses. This also is an easy to find, organized shelf, even with bean bags cushions for the glasses to lay face down on so that they don't get scratched.

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Nothing But Net Package Insulation


5735B presents Nothing But Net Package Insulation!

For the 2018 Recycling Online Challenge presented by the FUTURE Foundation, our team created a method of protecting deliveries that is reusable and easy to manage, all using foam Nothing But Net balls.

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2886B Banner Holder


This is 2886B's 2017-18 submission for the FUTURE foundation's recycling online challenge! We decided to build a product that would effectively hold banners in open areas for advertisement and other services. A more in depth report in PDF format along with a descriptive video can also be found submitted with our challenge.

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Team 7121D Recycling Challenge


For our recycling challenge, we used a ring from the VRC game Round Up along with a plastic cup to create a floating plant system that takes advantage of water sources occupied by fish. To see our device in action along with a more detailed explanation of it, please see the attached video and report.

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6135W Recycling Challenge


This is the 2018 FUTURE Foundation Recycling Challenge entry from 6135W.

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Starstruck Stool



For this year's VEX Robotics Online Recycling Challenge, our team decided to use Starstruck game pieces to create a stool sized for our classroom tables.

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The greatest paperweight in the world

Saahil this is our recycle challenges submitions.

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The H2o Grow


     We, Team 394B  have used  VEX game elements from past tournaments to produce an innovative invention, the “H2o Grow.”  It helps grow plants more efficiently and can brighten up a classroom with its vibrant colors, creating a better, more enjoyable learning environment.

     We came up with this design by taking out all our old VEX game elements, took them apart if possible, and played around with them by joining them in different ways.  Initially, we were just thinking of using some of them as planters but felt...

6526F-Recycled Trophy Case


6526F's idea for a trophy shelf was thought of when our classroom was running out of window space to showcase our dozens of trophies earned over each year's Robotic's teams. So, this project kille two birds with ones stones, solving the issue of trophy space and the idea for our Online Recycle Challenge. 


Pre-cut foam tiles: Length 35 3/4 inches Width 0.5 inches 

Cuts in the Poles: Width 4 inches Length .8 inches 

Shortened Support tube: Height 5 inches


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Storing With Skyrise


Taking this challenge to heart, Team 9932E Hawks set out to create the most innovative design that would not only be practical but also fun to make! Looking back through multiple VEX games, we identified and researched all the different game pieces that had potential to be transformed and revamped. Eventually, we decided on the SKYRISE GAME CUBE. It offered an interesting geometric shape and a relatively durable material. We also noticed that it was made of plastic, so it would be easy to manipulate, while also being able to maintain its strength. 

During competitions,...

1575B STEM Chair


Recycling Challenge

    Through our mentoring of an FLL Elementary School Robotics team and our ever-growing pile of abandoned game pieces, we saw our chance to help upcoming engineers through their questioning of STEM and its fundamentals. Having new experiences can help you discover a new passion, and gives you the contacts to pursue that passion. We are donating our "STEM Chair" to a local library that host robotics meetings during the week.

   The first step is defining...



Please enjoy our video explaining how we turned the cubes from the 2014-2015 game "Skyrise" into a versatile storage facility for classrooms

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Vex Stress Ball


Our video is attached as a vimeo link.

Our report is attached as a PDF.


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