What to do with old competition materials

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    RuizK1

    Apr 9 55773

    I've now completed two years of VEX competition and I'm trying to figure out how to recycle the old "In the Zone" and "Starstruck" materials I have and no longer need. Does anyone out there have ideas? If anyone would like them I'd be happy to send them to you if you can pay shipping!

  2. Rick TYler

    Apr 10 Teachers/Coaches, Event Partner, V5 Beta Moderator Redmond, Washington Founder of Exothermic Robotics

    Recycling bin and trash bin, depending. Occasionally, I've found a team or school that wants them, but most get tossed, one way or another.

  3. MayorMonty

    Apr 10 Greenville, SC 3796B

    We give out old game elements to members as little trophies. I have an NbN ball, a star, and a cone for each year I've participated. A lot of our members appreciate it as mementoes, especially once they go off to college

  4. Rick TYler

    Apr 10 Teachers/Coaches, Event Partner, V5 Beta Moderator Redmond, Washington Founder of Exothermic Robotics

    @MayorMonty We give out old game elements to members as little trophies. I have an NbN ball, a star, and a cone for each year I've participated. A lot of our members appreciate it as mementoes, especially once they go off to college

    We do this with trophies the teams have won. An older program ends up with boxes of them, so we give them out to graduating seniors. We flip the award plate over and laser-engrave our team logo, the senior's name, and the year on it. The only time we had a problem was when more than 25 seniors graduated the same year. I think we had to buy a couple of new trophies. The club keeps all Worlds, State, and local excellence or tournament champion trophies for the brag rack. Everything else ends up going to students.

  5. josh_siegel

    Apr 10 Connecticut 162A

    Stars make great dog toys!

  6. Easton

    Apr 10 Loganville, GA, USA 1958A

    @josh_siegel Stars make great dog toys!

    Don't they get chewed and torn up super fast? They break pretty easily

  7. josh_siegel

    Apr 10 Connecticut 162A

    @Easton ehhhh kind of. But you can be pretty creative with old VEX stuff... I use a cube as a seat cushion.

  8. Barin

    Apr 10 Arizona
    Edited last week by Barin

    @josh_siegel @Easton ehhhh kind of. But you can be pretty creative with old VEX stuff... I use a cube as a seat cushion.

    Cubes are amazing.

    Just watch, they'll be collectors' items in 20 or so years, selling for lots of money on eBay.

    Pillow companies: take note.

  9. Bobtheblob - 5327B

    Apr 11 Dublin, CA, USA 5327B

    There's also the RECF Recycling online challenge that seems to repeat every year. If you do come up with something useful, you could earn an easy qualification to Worlds.

  10. ecrane20

    Apr 11 Collierville, Tennessee 99905A

    If you have Starstruck cubes I'd love to have them! Message me for shipping info!

  11. 6916H

    Apr 11 BVT, Massachusetts 6916H

    Look for schools that need game materials for things like robotics clubs and skillsUSA, cause they use game materials past the season.

  12. Vex 9185

    Apr 11 Bellefontaine, Ohio 9185B

    Our old elements are shoved in a closet somewhere. All of my mementos come from worlds, when they (usually) give out stuff, although I'm not sure if they will anymore. Last year, after I had gotten 1 cube in one of our cars, I got another one from VEX U, but as we were walking away they told us to give them back :( At the end, some people piled all of the practice field cubes and stars in one field, which was admittedly cool, but made me really sad that we couldn't have any of them.

  13. We just throw our stuff under our field, never to be seen again. (except for the people who have to go under there to look for parts and/or their shoes)

  14. [SPR] JP

    Apr 11 Texas PANDA

    Please don’t throw me under your field

  15. ET phone home

    Apr 11 3018v Vexcalibur

    We give them to the zoo for animal enrichment. No joke. The gorrillas love those skyrise cubes.

  16. Robo_Eng_13

    Apr 11 Indiana 1483

    A note, the classroom competitions typically use the game elements from previous years.

    https://curriculum.vexrobotics.com/appendices/appendix-6.html

  17. 61004JAR

    Apr 11 61004A

    @ET phone home We give them to the zoo for animal enrichment. No joke. The gorrillas love those skyrise cubes.

    Just curious where did this idea come from

  18. Powerbelly

    Apr 11 Teachers/Coaches, Event Partner Indianapolis 6842

    We have a very creative PE Department and for the past three years they have come up with games using the old elements...

  19. Royal_xD

    Apr 11 Washington State 3249Z -- The Mechanics of Oz
    Edited last week by Royal_xD

    Ummm...besides distributing to students, you could give them out as prizes or trophies or whatever at an outreach event or fundraiser. We do a lot of those...

  20. VexGod8110x

    Apr 14 Mankato MN 8110X

    We keep a full set worth because we run a class they can play old games depending on what the game is.

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