December 2015 Team Blast Email

2015-16 Season Open!
The REC Foundation is pleased to share information about the new season and this year’s new games, VEX IQ Challenge Bank Shot and VEX Robotics Competition Nothing But Net! New documents and season planning information are added each week, so please check in often for the materials you need at www.RoboticsEducation.org - http://www.roboticseducation.org and be sure to register your team today at www.RobotEvents.com - http://www.robotevents.com !

VEX Robotics Alumni Community!
The REC Foundation welcomes all past VEX Robotics participants to join the VEX Robotics Alumni Community for valuable networking, internships, career, and volunteer opportunities! It’s a great way to stay involved in the robotics community and gain critical information to further your education and career. To learn more and join the program, please visit: www.RoboticsEducation.org/Alumni - http://www.roboticseducation.org/alumni

REC Foundation Scholarships Available!
Each season, the REC Foundation partners with colleges, universities, and corporate sponsors to offer an array of scholarships for students to continue their education in the STEM fields. Currently the REC Foundation Scholarship Program includes $4 million in financial awards and students are encouraged to review the institutions participating and apply to receive the corporate awards. To learn more visit: www.RoboticsEducation.org/scholarships - http://www.roboticseducation.org/scholarships

VEX IQ Challenge & VEX Robotics Competition Event Prep!
As new and existing teams prepare for events this season, we have a few resources that might make that first competition experience an easy one. VEX IQ Challenge teams are encouraged to review “Tips for VEX IQ Challenge Events” - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2015/03/vex-iq-event-tips-for-teams.pdf and VEX Robotics Competition Team may find it helpful to review “101 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First VEX Tournament.” - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2013/06/101-things.pdf VEX IQ Challenge teams have the added bonus of participating in the STEM Research Project - http://content.vexrobotics.com/docs/viqc-bank-shot/VIQC-1516-STEM-Research-Project-20150505.pdf . There are plenty of additional resources and tips to prepare teams for a fun and rewarding season on the VEX IQ Challenge - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-iq-challenge/viq-teams/ and VEX Robotics Competition - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vrc-team-leadercoach/ team pages!

VEX Worlds Volunteers Welcome!
Last April, over 600 volunteers generously gave their time and expertise; working hard to ensure that all participants had an amazing experience. At 2016 VEX Worlds, we expect to host over 1,000 teams and take full advantage of the opportunity to host all VEX competitors together in one city, under one roof, for one epic celebration, and to do this successfully we need you! VEX Worlds will take place April 20-23, 2016, in Louisville and we invite you to learn more today - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vex-worlds-volunteers/ !

Sponsor Spotlight: MathWorks
MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists. Teams of students throughout the world use MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink products to generate code for their VEX Cortex Microcontrollers. Best of all, you can get it for free! Learn more about the support MathWorks provides and how to request complimentary software for you team - http://www.mathworks.com/academia/student-competitions/vex-robotics/ . Follow them on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MathWorks/ and Twitter - https://twitter.com/MATLAB to keep up with their latest tips and offerings.

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 www.roboticseducation.org - http://www.roboticseducation.org .

Past E-Mails Available
Archives of all email blasts from this season can always be found here - https://vexforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=281 .

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