January 2016 Team Email Blast

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. This month the applications are due for the Chevron, Texas Instruments and Robomatter scholarships. New to the program are the Northrop Grumman Foundation Scholarships valued at $240,000 to deserving students across the state of Maryland. To learn more and apply today 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!
VEX Worlds is quickly approaching and new information is added weekly to help teams prepare for the trip to Louisville, Ky. on April 20-23. Be sure to visit the hotel booking site - http://groups.reservetravel.com/group.aspx?id=17120 for a great selection of accommodations and discounted rates! The 2016 VEX Worlds site - http://www.gotolouisville.com/vex with details about Louisville and the surrounding area is another excellent resource with tips for visitors new to Louisville. Once again, the REC Foundation will host a team party at Kentucky Kingdom, a fabulous amusement park just steps from VEX Worlds. To purchase discounted tickets visit: 2016 VEX Worlds Team Party - https://www.robotevents.com/tkt-party-2016.html . Finally, VEX Worlds would not be what it is without our passionate group of volnteers! We are extremely grateful to all those who volunteered their time to make this a memorable event and invite you to consider joining us again - learn more today - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vex-worlds-volunteers/ !

Sponsor Spotlight: NASA
In 2015, NASA awarded the REC Foundation a five-year grant to expand and enhance the VEX Robotics programs. NASA’s commitment to robotics through program sponsorship doesn’t stop with the grant award, though. NASA hosts the Robotics Alliance Project - http://robotics.nasa.gov/ which exists to create a human, technical, and programmatic resource of robotics capabilities to enable the implementation of future robotic space exploration missions. This month we’d like to share this interview - http://robotics.nasa.gov/students/robotics.php with a few NASA robotics employees. These roboticists share their experience on what it’s like to not only work for NASA but also to develop and improve robots for the space program. Make sure to follow the Robotics Alliance Project on Twitter - https://twitter.com/NASA_RAP

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
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