November 2015 Team Blast Email

2015-2016 Open Season!
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 - and be sure to register your team today at - !

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

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. Currently the REC Foundation Scholarship Program includes $4 million in financial awards and students are encouraged to review the institutions participating and apply to receive the corporate awards. To learn more visit: Scholarships - REC Foundation - Scholarships - REC Foundation

VEX IQ Challenge & VEX Robotics Competition Event Prep!
As new and existing teams prepare for events this season, we have a few resources so that might make that first competition experience an easy one. VEX IQ Challenge teams are encouraged to review “Tips for VEX IQ Challenge Events” - and VEX Robotics Competition Team may find it helpful to review “101 Things I Wish I’d Known Before My First VEX Tournament.” - VEX IQ Challenge teams have the added bonus of participating in the STEM Research Project - . There are plenty of additional resources and tips to prepare teams for a fun and rewarding season on the VEX IQ Challenge - VEX IQ Competition | REC Foundation and VEX Robotics Competition - team pages!

VEX Worlds Volunteers Welcome!
Last April, over 600 volunteers generously gave their time and expertise; working hard to ensure that all participants had an amazing experience. At 2016 VEX Worlds, we expect to host over 1,000 teams and take full advantage of the opportunity to host all VEX competitors together in one city, under one roof, for one epic celebration, and to do this successfully we need you! VEX Worlds will take place April 20-23, 2016 in Louisville, Ky. and we invite you to join us by signing up today - VEX Worlds Volunteers - REC Foundation !

Sponsor Spotlight: Robomatter
Chances are you’ve already heard about Robomatter by using ROBOTC. This year they’re partnering with the REC Foundation to create the VEX and VEX IQ Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds! - Online Challenges - REC Foundation Robomatter, the REC Foundation, and VEX Robotics are really excited about presenting low cost, high quality virtual competitions that enable students to test their problem solving and programming skills in the VEX Nothing But Net - and VEX IQ Bank Shot - Robot Virtual World Competitions. Not only do these virtual competitions provide a great learning experience, you could win a trip to the 2016 VEX Worlds! Check out the free training, resources and learn more - about this online challenge 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 - .

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