January 2015 Team Email Blast

2014-2015 VEX Robotics Season Underway
The REC Foundation reports more than 11,000 teams registered for the season with nearly 2,000 for the VEX IQ Challenge, more than 9,000 for the VEX Robotics Competition, and nearly 300 for VEX U. As the season kicks into gear, please visit RobotEvents.com frequently as new events, leagues, scrimmages, and skills only events are added.

REC Foundation Scholarship Program Deadlines: Apply Today!
The REC Foundation Scholarship Program is a wonderful benefit to participants intent on continuing their education beyond high school. Currently, the REC Foundation offers over 100 scholarships valued at more than $2 million. Deadlines are quickly approaching for three unique scholarships offered by our partners Chevron, Robomatter and Texas Instruments. Each of the scholarships offered by our partners are valued at $5,000 and entry requirements may vary, but the deadline to apply is January 31, 2015.

Volunteers Needed 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship!
This is the perfect time to encourage friends and family to get involved as a volunteer at a local event or even at the 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 15-18. The VEX Robotics World Championship is a thrilling 4-day event that celebrates robotics engineering excellence and welcomes students from nearly 30 countries and 800 teams. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the Volunteer Management System or contact Martha Proulx.

Sponsor Spotlight: Texas Instruments
Perhaps you’ve wondered, as we have, “What makes the VEX IQ Robot Brain so smart?” The answer is simple: the Texas Instruments Tiva microcontroller. This robot brain simultaneously and wirelessly communicates with the controller, talks to 12 devices on the Smart Ports, updates the LCD, and has time left over to run the students’ programs with a custom built operating system developed just for VEX IQ. So we get technology that works together to make a Robot Brain that is simple, flexible, and powerful. Texas Instruments also generously provides two scholarships per year open to high school seniors intent on pursuing a STEM-related field in college. Learn more and apply today!

VEX Robotics World Championship Planning Information Now Available!
The 2015 VEX Robotics World Championship housing site and microsite are now open! This is a great opportunity to get a head start on your competition planning. Please visit the VEX Robotics housing site today to reserve your room(s). For more information about the event and the greater Louisville area visit the microsite for World Championship. We look forward to seeing you, your teams, and your robots in Louisville, Kentucky.

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.

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REC Foundation
P.O. Box 8276
Greenville, Texas 75404