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Inspiring students, one robot at a time.
Special Edition: Back To School
September 5, 2013
Referee Training Videos
Karthik and Rich are back as the instructors in the 2013- 2014 Toss
Up referee videos - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vrc-training/ which are now available for everyone to watch.
VEX IQ Program
VEX IQ - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-iq-challenge/ is the newest member of the VEX Robotics Competition family, which
brings a hands-on STEM program to elementary and middle school
College level - http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/college-competition teams from around the world continue to challenge each other and
compete with the VEX Robotics platform.
Start Up Team Grants
If you know of schools in your area that are looking to start VEX
teams, they can find additional information on our website - http://www.roboticseducation.org/for-participants/team-grants/ .
Invite additional mentors, sponsors, parents, and administrators who
would like to be kept up to date on the latest team information to
subscribe - http://www.roboticseducation.org/contact-us/rec-foundation-email-sign-up/ and receive monthly updates today!
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
REC Foundation on Twitter
Invite your students, mentors and volunteers to follow us on Twitter.
Keep up with all the new information shared by our teams, event
partners, sponsors and the the REC Foundation. Our Twitter handle:
@REC_Foundation - http://www.twitter.com/REC_Foundation .
Past E-Mails Available
Archives of all email blasts from this season can always be found
here - https://vexforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=281 .
Teams can register - http://www.robotevents.com/ and choose from more
than 350 competition events this coming season with more to come! To
date, more than 2,200 teams representing 15 nations have already
logged into the system, and are filling up hundreds of events around
Over the summer, the REC Foundation team - http://www.roboticseducation.org/contact-us/ has
grown to include new team members to better serve our growing
community of students, teachers, mentors and partners. Please visit
us today to connect with your regional manager!
State/Region Qualifying Model
With the current and anticipated team growth this season, we are
ushering in a new State Qualifying System - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2013/06/2013-2014-vex-state-championship-qualifying-criteria.pdf%20%20 . Under the new system, teams from local events will qualify for
the state or provincial championship events, which feed into the 2014
VEX Robotics Competition World Championship. Check your state or
province event listings to see if there is a championship in your
U.S. National Championship Moves to Summer
As the VEX Robotics Competition continues to grow, the REC Foundation
is pleased to announce an exciting new location and date for the U.S.
National Competition. The new event will take place in the summer in
Honolulu, Hawaii and will be presented in partnership with the
Friends of Hawaii Robotics on July 10-12, 2014. The REC Foundation
extends its appreciation to the CREATE Foundation and all of their
volunteers for being a gracious partner and host to the U.S. National
Competition for the past five years. The CREATE Foundation will
continue to hold a premier event in the spring which will also
qualify US teams for the National Championship in Hawaii. Please stay
tuned for more information about both events, coming soon!
2014 & 2015 VEX Robotics Competition World Championship
The REC Foundation is pleased to share that the 2014 and 2015 VEX
Robotics Competition World Championship, co-presented by the Northrop
Grumman Foundation and the REC Foundation, will once again take place
at the Anaheim Convention Center in California on April 23-26, 2014
and April 22-25, 2015. This intense four-day annual robotics
engineering tournament will attract more than 800 teams and 15,000
students from over 25 countries to celebrate their accomplishments
and further inspire their interest in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics (STEM).
VEX Robotics Curriculum
VEX Robotics provides academic curriculum that is mapped to the new
Common Core standards. The unique materials provide the rigor and
relevance teachers seek, while promoting a fun and hands-on classroom
experience for students in grades 2-8 - http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/education/iq-curriculum and 9-12 - http://www.roboticseducation.org/for-participants/educators/ .
Scholarship & Grant Opportunities
The 2013- 2014 season will provide VEX Robotics students with access
to more scholarship - http://www.roboticseducation.org/for-participants/scholarships/ opportunities with new universities coming onboard this season. In
addition, the REC Foundation has established a new area of the
website to notify potential new teams of grant opportunities - http://www.roboticseducation.org/for-participants/team-grants/ organized by state and by program.
Online Challenges Open September 17
There are currently seven Online Challenges - http://forum.robotevents.com/design/ that
provide students with creative outlets for additional awards. This
year, the educational video will request that teams produce a video
to teach a new team something about the STEM aspects of robotics
engineering or construction that can help them better prepare for a
competition. All of the Online Challenges will open for submission on
2014 VRC World Championship is only 230 Days Away!
Visit the 2014 VRC World Championship tournament pages on RobotEvents
for more information. The event will take place at the Anaheim
Convention Center April 23-26, 2014. The 2015 event will also be in
Anaheim from April 22-25, 2015.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” -Alan Kay
Map Search Function on Robotevents.com
You are able to search out local events and teams on the Map Search - http://www.robotevents.com/map feature at the
top of the page on Robotevents.com - www.robotevents.com . This is a
great way to find new events and teams in your area and around the
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