October 2015 Team Blast Email

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 !

REC Foundation Electronics Recycling Program!
The REC Foundation Electronics Recycling Program - http://www.roboticseducation.org/for-participants/electronics-recycling-program/ offers your team an opportunity to raise funds that will benefit your robotics program and the environment. Collect end-of-life and obsolete electronics from friends, neighbors, companies, or organizations in your community and your team can receive cash proceeds when the items are refurbished, resold, or recycled. These used electronics will be recycled in an environmentally ‘green’ and responsible way. This will be a win-win for both your team and the environment!

REC Foundation Online Challenges Now Open!
Each season, the REC Foundation offers a variety of Online Challenges - http://challenges.robotevents.com/ , mixing ideas from the past seasons with new, exciting offerings and prizes. The Online Challenges - http://challenges.robotevents.com/ officially opened for submissions on September 16, 2015, with a brand new submission site. Simply click on “Get Started” to create an account and select the Challenge you wish to enter by clicking on the title. Students are encouraged to visit the Online Challenge Forum - https://vexforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=352 to ask questions.

VEX IQ Automated Build Instructions, Firmware & Accessories
VEX IQ Challenge now provides automated build instructions - http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/explore - and new robot builds - http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/explore/robot-builds - to give students and teams better understanding of how components are intended to work together. Teams are reminded that all of the VEX IQ Smart Devices (Robot Brain, Controller, Smart Motor, and sensors) contain their own internal processors and run special software called firmware. New firmware updates - http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/software/firmware/ - are available, so please make these updates today to ensure a successful season. In addition, new product accessories - http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/products/accessories/?ref=tile - are now available to supplement robotics kits and add to the fun of building experience!

Sponsor Spotlight: EMC Corporation
EMC is a long-time supporter of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. EMC supports teams across the US, Ireland, and UAE through team grants and regional/state championships. EMC is also a global sponsor of VEX Worlds! Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of EMC’s support to the REC Foundation is through the EMC Robotics Team/Club Website Challenge in which teams develop a website that promotes their entire robotics program. Check out last year’s winners and learn more about this year’s EMC Website Challenge - http://challenges.robotevents.com/ .

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
Archives of all email blasts from this season can always be found here - https://vexforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=281 .

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