August Team Blast!


Back-to-School & Back to Robotics!
The 2016-17 season new games are now open and events are popping up
around the world for the new season. Be sure to register your team
today to stay current on all the updates at - and - .

VEX IQ Challenge & VEX Robotics Competition Skills Challenge Update!
REC Foundation encourages all teams to review the game manual updates
that were shared on August 17 and in particular review the Skills
Challenge information. For the VEX IQ Challenge under Robot Skills
Challenge Rankings the update is: Teams will be ranked based on the
sum of their highest Programming Skills Match score and Driver Skills
Match score, with the team with the highest sum being declared the
Robot Skills Challenge Winner For the VEX Robotics Competition Robot
Skills Challenge Description: In this challenge teams will compete in
sixty (60) second long matches in an effort to score as many points
as possible. These matches consist of Driver Skills Matches, which
will be entirely driver controlled, and Programing Skills Matches,
which will be autonomous with limited human interaction. Teams will
be ranked based on their combined score in the two types of matches.
The playing field will be set up similarly to that of a normal VEX
Robotics Competition Starstruck tournament match, with the difference
being that all Scoring Objects start on the same side of the field.
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VEX Robotics World Championship April 19-25, 2017 & Back on ESPN U
August 27

VEX Robotics World Championship, now entering its 10th year, will
bring together the top 1,400 student-led robotics teams from around
the world to Louisville, Ky. on April 19-25, 2017. The new dates mark
a dramatic program change to provide teams with a superior event
experience as they compete in the largest and fastest growing
international robotics programs. The new revised schedule as follows:

The VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U will open to middle school,
high school and university teams on Wednesday, April 19, and
culminate with finals, awards and a team party at Kentucky Kingdom on
Saturday, April 22.

The VEX IQ Challenge will open to elementary school and middle school
teams on Sunday, April 23, and culminate with finals, awards, and a
team party at Kentucky Kingdom on Tuesday, April 25.

Due to popular demand, the VEX Robotics World Championship will
re-air on ESPN U at 6 a.m. ET on August 27. It’s an early showing so
be sure to set your DVR today and catch all the highlights!

Online Challenges
The REC Foundation Online Challenge offerings will officially open
September 7, 2016 and close on January 11, 2017 at 12 a.m. CST. The
Online Challenge provide an array of opportunities for teams to
explore programming, CAD challenges, video design, website layout,
and much more. Teams have plenty of time during the season to work on
their submissions, but we encourage you to begin thinking now about
which Online Challenges you might pursue and discuss the options with
your team. Some great prizes go to the winning submissions!

Girl Powered: October 11, International Day of the Girl
The REC Foundation launched Girl Powered, in collaboration with VEX
Robotics, Inc., to double the number of girls on robotics teams over
the next 5 years. To kick-start our effort, the REC Foundation
invites our event partners and teams to consider hosting a Girl
Powered workshop, open house, or outreach activity on October 11 to
coincide with the International Day of the Girl. The type of activity
you host is up to you, but we suggest a 1-2 hour activity that might
take place after school and include a guest speaker, goal setting
activity, robot display, or robot build activity. The first 50 events
posted in under the Workshop & Camp tab will receive
a Girl Powered packet of materials from the REC Foundation. For more
information visit: -

Sponsor Spotlight: Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments knows the importance of fostering STEM initiatives
that create the technology workforce of tomorrow. As a proud sponsor
of the Texas Instruments Electronics Online Challenge, VEX Worlds,
and two scholarships for high school seniors, TI supports robotics
through TI technology and employee engagement. At VEX Worlds, Texas
Instruments was inducted into the STEM Hall of Fame as Partner of the
Year. The Members of the REC Foundation Partner of the Year area of
the STEM Hall of Fame are well-recognized and respected organizations
with vision, products, and services aligned with the fields of
science, engineering, and technology, and with personnel that
represent a valued spectrum of knowledge and talent across STEM. Read
more about Texas Instruments and all our STEM Hall of Fame inductees
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The REC Foundation’s 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. For more information, visit - .

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