September 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 & VEX Robotics Present New Videos!
The REC Foundation is pleased to share new videos that may be used throughout the season, including: 2015 VEX Worlds Re-Cap - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vrc-world-champ/ , VEX Robotics Competition - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/ , and VEX IQ Challenge - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-iq-challenge/ . In addition, the referee training videos for VEX IQ Challenge - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-iq-challenge/vex-iq-challenge-referee-training-videos/ - and VEX Robotics Competition - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vrc-training/ are also available and may aid students and teachers in learning more about specific game rules and regulations.

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 today, September 16, 2015. Students are encouraged to visit the Online Challenge Forum - https://vexforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=352 to ask questions.

VEX IQ & VRC Virtual World Challenges by Robomatter!
Robomatter and the REC Foundation are proud to announce the VEX IQ & VRC Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds - http://www.robotc.net/recf/ . The two winners of the Robomatter sponsored VRC Nothing But Net and VEX IQ Bank Shot Robot Virtual World Competition will recieve an invitation to 2016 VEX Worlds on April 20-23, 2016 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville Kentucky.

VEX IQ Automated Build Instructions, Firmware & Accessories
VEX IQ Challenge now provides automated build instructions - http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/explore - 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: Autodesk®
Meet Autodesk - http://www.autodesk.com/education/home , a global software company helping people imagine, design, and create a better world. The challenges of today will be solved by the designers of tomorrow. That’s why Autodesk gives students, educators, and educational institutions free access to professional design software, creativity apps, and real-world projects to inspire and engage students. The REC Foundation is pleased to recognize Autodesk for support as a curriculum partner, a VEX Worlds Sponsor, and as sponsor of the Make It Real CAD Engineering Challenge - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2015/07/autodesk-make-it-real-cad-engineering-challenge.pdf . Visit the Autodesk Education Community - http://www.autodesk.com.education to download free software that can help students early in the design process, saving valuable build time. Follow them on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Autodeskedcommunity , Twitter - https://twitter.com/AutodeskEDU , YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/AutodeskEd , and Instagram - https://instagram.com/autodeskedu/ , to make sure you’re up to date on the latest industry tools to unlock your creativity.

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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