March 2016 Team Email Blast

2015-16 Season Ending!
It’s hard to believe that the 2015-16 Bank Shot and Nothing But Net seasons are nearing a close! The REC Foundation is grateful to all the teams that participated this year and we wish everyone a fun-filled close to the season as you attend your final events, state
and regional events, and some of you prepare to join us at VEX Worlds.

VEX Worlds!
VEX Worlds is quickly approaching and new information is added weekly to help teams prepare for the trip to Louisville, Kentucky, April 20-23. Be sure to visit the hotel booking site - for a great selection of accommodations and discounted rates! The 2016 VEX Worlds site - that features
details about our host city 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 - . In advance of VEX Worlds teams are invited to check out our new online apparel store - .

Finally, VEX Worlds would not be what it is without our passionate group of volunteers! That means we need YOUR help. If you are
bringing additional parents, teachers, students or anyone else, they can help make this event a success by becoming a Volunteer. It’s a great way to be a “part of the action” while supporting their team that’s competing. Learn more today - VEX Worlds Volunteers - REC Foundation

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: Alumni Stories - REC Foundation - REC Foundation Alumni Association - REC Foundation

Get Social!
With a large number of VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U events taking place each weekend, we welcome teams to share news of their experience this season. Please be sure to follow the REC Foundation on Facebook - Robotics Education & Competition Foundation , Twitter - , and
Instagram - for the latest news and highlights from events around the world. Post your own news and use the hashtags #VEXRobotics, #VEXIQ, #VEXEDR, or #VEXworlds! If you have news to share with us, please contact [email protected]

REC Foundation Industry Certifications!
The REC Foundation is pleased to provide two industry certifications for schools, students in engineering related programs, and robotics clubs. Students are expected to have at least 150 hours of pre-engineering or robotics classroom experience. Each certification is broken into several modules and certain modules are required, but students are not limited to how many they take. Students earn both certifications when completing Robotics as those requirements exceed Pre-Engineering. To learn more, please visit: Industry Certifications - Industry Certifications

Sponsor Spotlight: Northrop Grumman Foundation
For the 4th consecutive year, the Northrop Grumman Foundation is pleased to present the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX Worlds. Northrop Grumman supports the VEX Robotics Competition because of its exciting games that inspire, motivate, and prepare students for a future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. In addition to their support of VEX Worlds, Northrop Grumman makes it possible for new VRC teams around the world to participate. As part of their outreach and commitment to education, Northrop Grumman has some great STEM resources for teachers - Our Commitment to STEM Education , students - Our Commitment to STEM Education , and families - Our Commitment to STEM Education to use at home and in the classroom. Check it out today!

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 - .

Past E-Mails Available
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