2014 VRC World Championship Registered Team Email - March 5, 2014

Get Ready to Compete!

March 5, 2014

VRC World Championship is only 49 days away!
The excitement and fun of the 2014 VRC World Championship is only 49 days away. Teams that still want to take advantage of incredible hotel deals and Anaheim attraction rates, should make their travel arrangements soon. Visit the official 2014 VRC World Championship Travel Website http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/40778e2ada .

Don’t Forget to Pay Your Team’s Registration Fees
Teams are responsible for ensuring that their World Championship registration fee is paid. Teams with unpaid registrations will be removed from the World Championship roster.

If your team is unable to attend this year’s championship, please send an email to support@robotevents.com. Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations received after March 3, 2013.

Calling All Volunteers!
The 2014 World Championship cannot happen without your help. Volunteers can sign up using our registration system. The form http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/0ee1e313af is simple and easy to complete.

Volunteers will receive a free 2014 World Championship t-shirt and free lunch on the days they volunteer. Those who volunteer for three full days may be eligible to receive volunteer hotel rates. There are a limited number of discounted rooms for out-of-town volunteers.

If you have any questions, please contact our National Volunteer Coordinator, Martha Proulx at martha_proulx@roboticseducation.org.

**Awards Pre-Submission and Interview information **
Teams registered for World Championship should visit http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/aa2db39b20 to submit entries for the Teacher of the Year Award, Mentor of the Year Award, Community Award, Teamwork Award, Educate Award, Inspire Award, and Innovate Award. In order for VRC teams to be considered for the Excellence Award and the Design Award, teams also need to visit this site and schedule an appointment for their Excellence and/or Design Award interview. In order for VEX IQ Challenge Teams to be considered for the STEM Research Project Award, teams must visit the site to sign-up for their interview. To be eligible for any of the awards mentioned above during World Championship, teams must submit their 500-word entries no later than April 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm CST.

** VRC World Championship Travel Information Is Available!**
If your team has not made travel arrangements for World Championship, then you will want to do so as soon as possible so that you can take advantage of the deals. Some of the hotels that are nearest to the convention center are filling up quickly.

The following World Championship information is available:
Tentative agendas. The GET Travel accommodation page with over 20 hotel options. Ticket prices for over 12 different attractions in southern CA. Travel information and discounts for several partner service providers. Click here http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/e9fe6073db to view the information. World Championship photography packages. Additional information can be found on the four tournament pages:
VEX IQ World Championship http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/d71d1c96e7
Middle School VRC World Championship http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/db1512aa4b
High School VRC World Championship http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/05e23d6eee
VEX U World Championship http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/c13c76e277

World Championship Photography
A team photo makes the perfect souvenir. Read about special photo discounts here http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/8e3512c9bf .

Global Skills Challenges
The top 30 teams in both the Robot and Programming Skills will be sent their World Championship invitations this week. The global skills scores are in the final stages of validation.

Robot Skills rankings are posted here http://cts.vresp.com/c/RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/3315da71d1 and Programming Skills Challenge rankings are posted here http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/a78a808b2f .

Action Needed: Information Request From All Teams
We are making the final preparations for the 2014 VRC World Championship and to ensure that we are adequately prepared, we need every team to complete the team profile information.

Please provide information about your team and your trip to Anaheim by logging into RobotEvents.com. Navigate to your ‘My Account’ page for the ‘Registered Events’ list. The World Championship event has a ‘TEAM INFO NEEDED!’ link next to it. Please click the link and fill out the information for each team attending the event.

Completion of these fields is mandatory, and the information collected will be used by the judges, registration staff, and others to prepare for the event.

Official VRC World Championship Q & A
Don’t forget that there is an official World Championship Q&A http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/6566ccbc07/f=390 the VEX Forums. The VEX Robotics Forum is a great source of information. Check it often.

**Looking For More?**Please visit the VEX Robotics World Championship Microsite http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/b3dda47856 to learn more about all of the exciting activities available in the Anaheim/Orange County Area. Find dining options and discounts for your group while attending the event.

REC Website
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation welcomes everyone to visit our online resource http:/www.roboticseducation.org . There is something for students, educators, partners, and sponsors including customized content and tools that will enhance the robotics education resources available to your local community.

Mission Statement
The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable, and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally.

Past E-Mails Available
Archives of all email blasts from this season can always be found here http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/6be85f845f/f=281 .

The REC Foundation on Twitter and Facebook
Invite your students, mentors and volunteers to follow us on Twitter and to like us on FaceBook. Keep up with all the new information shared by our teams, event partners, sponsors, and the REC Foundation.
Our Twitter handle is: @REC_Foundation http://cts.vresp.com/c/ RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/e7e4d10a3b .
Find us on FaceBook at FaceBook.com/RECFoundation http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/a462869f1b/TEST/2ebe63f5e9 .

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