February 2017 Email Blast

FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER Regional & State Championships! The 2016-17 season is quickly wrapping up with many regional and state championship events either just taking place or coming soon. Please share news of your exciting VEX IQ Challenge Crossover and VEX Robotics Competition Starstruck events with us on social media and tag the REC Foundation in your post! Stay current on all the latest news and updates at www.RobotEvents.com - and www.RoboticsEducation.org VEX Robotics World Championship! The VEX Robotics World Championship is taking place April 19-25 with a brand new schedule in Louisville, Kentucky! The daily team agendas, hotel booking site, Louisville attraction site, and much more have been added to help inform your visit at: VEXworlds.com - http://www.vexworlds.com . In addition, as teams are making travel arrangements please be reminded to check with your hotel on specific shipping details and costs before making any arrangements. 8110B - Team Kabuum (From Left to Right: Andrew, Hunter, Gavin, Hallie, Terry, Alanna, Ryan, and Rachel) Rachel from VEX Robotics Competition Team 8110B filled the REC Foundation in on the challenges her team has faced as well as their hopes for the future. Rachel has been a part of “Team KaBuum” from Mankato, Minnesota, for two years. As for her future study plans Rachel explained, “I know my time in robotics will definitely have an influence on my decision and I’m pretty interested in mechanical engineering.” Learn more about team KaBuum and the outcome of their recent trip to the Minnesota State Championship at: roboticseducation.org/news - http://www.roboticseducation.org/news/ . To learn more about Girl Powered or to share your story visit: RoboticsEducation.org/gp Volunteer Registration Now Open! Volunteers are needed for all positions each day, and we are in greatest need of those who can help an entire day or multiple days. The new extended competition format will not only give you more choices of shifts to better fit your schedule, but will also result in vast improvements in check-in, meals and snack breaks, and the volunteer parking process. We are excited to announce a new volunteer scheduling platform that will allow self-scheduling online (note that shifts will become available as the event gets closer), making it easy to select and view volunteer shifts from your computer or mobile device. Learn more about the opportunities available, and register in our new Shiftboard system today in order to be notified when shifts are ready to view shortly. Visit: RoboticsEducation.org/VEXWorldsVolunteers TeamHack: Joystick Inspection! Teams should inspect their joystick ports for damage, especially before a big event! The left joystick port is undamaged. The right joystick port is damaged and won’t work properly with the VEXnet field system. This will result in two problems: The ethernet cable will come out during competition. The ethernet cable will move around in the socket and either short out the VEXnet field system or move the connections out of contact. In either case the team will lose connectivity with the field and the robot will not work properly. If teams have a joystick with this issue, they should contact VEX Robotics at: support@vexrobotics.com MathWorks - https://www.mathworks.com : We’re excited to have MathWorks as a supporter of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and the VEX Robotics World Championship! MathWorks is a leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists worldwide. MathWorks just released Getting Started with MATLAB and Simulink for VEX Robotics - https://www.mathworks.com/academia/highschool/courseware/getting-started-with-matlab-and-simulink-for-vex-robotics.html ! This free robotics course is based around the VEX EDR hardware using software relied upon by software engineering worldwide. Questions or training needs can be sent to vexrobotics@mathworks.com . #MATLAB4VEX 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 . 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