2012 Online Challenge Winners Announcement

On behalf of the REC Foundation, VEX Robotics, Autodesk, EMC Corporation, and the FUTURE Foundation, we would like to congratulate all of you who took the time to submit entries in the 2012 Online Challenge Competition. There were a lot more than three deserving entrants in each category, and you should all be very proud of yourselves. It is no exaggeration to say that this year was the best ever – with more entries of higher quality than in previous years. The judges worked hard to evaluate your entries, and here are the winners in all seven categories. Again - congratulations to you all.

**Autodesk Inventor Digital Prototyping Challenge **
First: Project Zeta
Second: Team 2114a Robotic Crime Scene Investigation: Arson Specialist
Third: Team 2113 DuctBot

EMC Robotics Team/Club Website Challenge
First: Team 254 The Cheesy Poofs website
Second: K Force Robotics
Third: Team 1138 Eagle Engineering Website

VRC Game Design Animation Challenge
First: Tetra Tumble
Second: Pyramid Peak
Third: Hightower

RECF Team Educational Video
First: Bill Fly the Robot Guy - Triangles
Second: Team 2114a Educational Video: Torque and Speed
Third: How to Build a Competitive Drive Team

**FUTURE Foundation Robot Construction Challenge **
First: Quadriplegic Personal Assistant
Second: The Robo Cleaner 2.0
Third: Recyko

**VRC Promote Award **
First: Sweetch - VRC Promote Award 2012
Second: Saints Robotics VRC Promote Award
Third: The Rescue

Essay Challenge Winners
The four-digit number is the unique entry identification. You can see the winning essays at forum.robotevents.com/design/.

2323 Perfected Perspective (VEXgal)
2359 Robotics is more than just robotics. (JonathanQ)
2386 What VEX Means To Me (robogirl)
2419 A Solid Foundation (EricB)
2491 My VEX. (Scrossley-gcec)
2572 What Vex has taught me (meng)
2581 What does VEX Robotics mean to me (stluke1)
2788 What does VEX Robotics mean to me (stluke1)
2815 What VEX Means To Us (2177ROBOTICS)
2971 More than Metal (mcpat0226)

Winners will be displayed on the Online Challenge Website and will be notified via email in the next two days how to claim their prizes. Winners qualifying for the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship will receive another email with registration instructions. If you have any questions, please post them here on the forum.

Congratulations to all the winners! I spent a lot of time watching/reading every single entry to the online challenges and there were honestly some really amazing finished products that I probably would never be able to make by myself. So, congrats to all the teams that won (particularly those that entered the Design A Game Animation Challenge, since I know how much work that is), but even if you didn’t win you should be proud of all the hard work you put into your entry(s).

I think the Online challenges made huge strides this year ! Doubling participation in almost every category ! I think the new submit Date of early January helped teams get organized and avoids conflict with the FRC schedule.

Congrats to all the teams involved.