VEX Robotics Competition Update: August 2011

VEX Robotics Competition Update - AUGUST 2011

Welcome Back
The Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (RECF) would like to welcome all VRC teams to the 2011-2012 competition season. RECF has been working hard this summer to prepare for this year’s competitions. By all accounts, it looks like it is going to be another record breaking year!

Register Today - Become an Official 2011-12 VRC Team
Registration is open - register your team today at We are pleased to announce that there is NO fee increase to become an official VRC team this year! Registration is only $75 for the first team at a school or club, and $25 for each additional team with the same Team Number (but different suffix).

Event Schedule - Are There Any Events In My Area?
You can see all the events in your area at New events are added daily, so check back often. Want to host your own event? Contact us at - we will help you every step of the way!

Announcing: VEX Robot World Cup 2011
Want to do something different this year? How about a trip to New Zealand for the VEX Robot World Cup? This event promises to be an incredible multi-national event. Check it out here. The event organizers have made some incredible arrangements like FREE lodging, reduced registration fees, and an amazing prize of $10,000 (nz) for the winning team to use to pay for the entry fee and hotel accommodation costs for the 2012 VEX World Championship. Sign up soon because the competition is right around the corner on October 11-13.

Announcing: The 3rd Annual Disney All-Star Challenge
The Robotics Education and Competition Foundation will hold the 3rd annual Disney All-Star Challenge on November 10th-12th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

We would like to announce that Disney is offering teams more affordable and flexible accommodation packages this year. Additional information about the event, accommodation packages, and registration procedures can be found here.

Also, we are offering an early-bird registration price of $250.

GATEWAY - The 2011-2012 VRC Competition
This year’s game is Gateway. There have already been a number of tournaments around the world, so be sure to check out YouTube to see some of the early season action! All of the game documentation can be found here.

The VEX Gateway Goal & Object Kit is available here. The kit includes 2 red barrels, 2 blue barrels, 2 red balls, 2 blue balls, and one 30" goal.

Winner! $100 Prize goes to …
We got a lot of great feedback from the end of year Team Leader and Student Surveys and will be implementing many of those ideas this year. Thanks!

One entry was chosen at random to win the $100 VEX Credit …

… and the winner is (drum roll) …

Student: Antonio Arroyo Team 5833
Team Leader: Stan Ferris Team 4762

Promote Your Team with the NEW PR Toolkit
Did you know we have templates available to help you promote your team and event? You just fill in the blanks and you have an instant press release! Download the team templates here.

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RECF - Robotics Education and Competition Foundation
We are a non-profit that uses robotics to get young minds interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We are here for you. Please let us know how we can help.