July Team News Blast!

2015-16 Season Now 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 is added each week, so please check in often for the materials you need at www.RoboticsEducation.org and be sure to register your team today at www.RobotEvents.com!

**VEX Robots on Display at NASA Wallops Flight Facility 70th Anniversary! **
On June 27, the REC Foundation participated in a Robotics Showcase at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility 70th Anniversary Open House in Wallops Island, Virginia. From this location NASA men and women have launched literally thousands of rockets, hundreds of scientific balloons, and logged many flight hours in support of scientific investigations around the world. Fifty-two VEX team members including students, teachers, coaches, alumni, and parents from seven VEX teams graciously traveled long hours to set up, exhibit, and demonstrate their own competition robots as well as coach visitors and spectators to drive VEX IQ and VRC robots around one of three obstacle courses. The REC Foundation also set up a ‘RoboSandbox’, a full VEX IQ Field covered with VEX IQ parts enabling attendees of all ages to build their own robot creations. The event attracted more than 7,000 visitors from all over the country with many stopping to participate and learn more about VEX Robotics. It was a great day for our VEX team members and the visitors alike; look for many new teams starting up as a result of their experience at the exhibit!

VEX IQ Summer Build Challenge
Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean that you can’t still have fun with VEX IQ! In fact, we want to see just how creative you can be with this challenge. We are excited to launch our VEX IQ robot build contest to see what designs you can come up with using VEX IQ parts or SnapCAD. Participation in the VEX IQ robot build contest is simple: design a unique VEX IQ robot using SnapCAD, or build it using your VEX IQ parts, and submit it to the VEX IQ Build Contest review team. The build contest will run from 12:00 A.M. CST on June 23 through 11:59:59 P.M. CST on July 20, 2015! For more information visit: VEX IQ Summer Build.

VEX IQ SnapCAD FREE Download Available
​Create, share and teach with one easy-to-use program: SnapCAD! SnapCAD is a community-built solution for designing virtual VEX IQ models and creating printable, shareable instructions for them. Use SnapCAD to test out a novel idea in the virtual world before building it physically, or to share your creations with the world in the form of step-by-step build instructions. Visit VEX IQ SnapCAD today to learn more about this new FREE offering!

Sponsor Spotlight: Chevron
During the 2014-15 season, Chevron made it possible for 45 new VRC teams in California to participate with team grants, provided scholarships, and support for VEX Worlds through their sponsorship of the REC Foundation. In the United States, their total investment in education has been more than $140 million since 2010 enhancing the educational experience of over 700,000 students. We appreciate all they do to help teams participate in VEX Robotics and encourage you to check out the Chevron STEM Zone Facebook page to see all the cool stuff they’re involved with around the world!

Save the Date: VEX Worlds 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky
Mark your calendars today and save the date for VEX Worlds 2016 which will once again take place in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 20-23, 2016. The REC Foundation looks forward to seeing everyone there!

**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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Team Semiconductors was more than happy to help out at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility 70th Anniversary event! The students were excited to be able to share their love of robots and promote VEX Robotics and the REC Foundation. Events like these are so valuable not only for the visitors, who learn about robotics and get excited about STEM education (whether they know it or not!), but also for the host students. This was a great opportunity for the Semiconductors students to work on the “softer” side of robotics, acting as educators, mentors and leaders.

We posted some pictures from the event on our flickr page: Semiconductors Wallops Island pictures on flickr

Thank you to the REC Foundation for making this event possible and allowing our participation. We are looking forward to collaborating with the REC Foundation on more outreach activities in the future.