VEX Worlds Newsletter #9

VEX Worlds Planning!
Congratulations on qualifying for VEX Worlds 2016! This is the time
to begin planning your trip to Louisville, Kentucky, April 20-23,
2016, to join 1,000 of the best robotics teams from around the world
for the largest event of the year under one roof for one epic
celebration! This newsletter contains some important information you
won’t want to miss.

VEX Worlds Team Party!
On Saturday night, April 23, following the
conclusion of VEX Worlds, the REC Foundation will host a team party
at Kentucky Kingdom, a stunning amusement park located just steps
from the Kentucky Expo Center. Teams are encouraged to pre-purchase
tickets for the party at a reduced price, just $25 per person, now
through April 4, 2016. Tickets may be purchased by visiting: VEX
Worlds Team Party. - https://www.robotevents.com/tkt-party-2016.html

**VEX Worlds Registration & Inspection Reminder! **
If you plan to attend VEX Worlds, please be sure to register and submit your entry fee as soon as possible at www.RobotEvents.com! VEX Worlds invitations do expire and payment deadlines have passed. Please visit VEX Worlds
event pages (linked here - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vrc-world-champ/ ) for deadlines, specific rules, and the VEX Worlds Frequently Asked
Ques. - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2016/02/vex-worlds-2016-team-faq.pdf. Finally, teams are encouraged to review the VEX IQ Challenge
Inspection Check List - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2013/08/vex-iq-challenge-inspection-checklist.pdf - or the VEX Robotics Competition Inspection Check List - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2013/06/inspection-checklist-vrc.pdf prior to VEX Worlds. There will be more information about the
inspection process in the coming weeks.

Travel & Hotel Information
VEX Worlds 2016 promises to be an exceptional event, marking our
second year at the Kentucky Expo Center, which offers a much larger
space with two arenas and plenty of exciting attractions and
activities. As you begin to plan your trip to Louisville, be sure to
visit the hotel booking site - http://groups.reservetravel.com/group.aspx?id=17120 for a great selection of accommodations at discounted rates! The VEX
Worlds site - http://www.gotolouisville.com/vex with details
about Louisville and the surrounding area is another excellent
resource with tips for visitors new to Louisville. In advance of VEX
Worlds teams are invited to check out our new online apparel store - http://store.finedesigns.com/w/vy/vex.html .
Finally, the VEX Worlds pages have been updated with a new VEX Worlds
Program Book - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2016/03/vex-worlds-2016-program-book.pdf and Event Schedules - http://www.roboticseducation.org/documents/2016/03/vex-worlds-2016-agenda.pdf . New information will be added frequently, so please check back
often!

Volunteers Needed for VEX Worlds!
The REC Foundation is looking for volunteers for VEX Worlds 2016 in
April. 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.
Volunteer opportunities include team check-in, inspection, queuing,
refereeing, scorekeeping, field resetting, judging, and more. If
you’re interested in learning more, please visit: VEX Worlds
Volunteers - http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vex-worlds-volunteers/

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/index.php/conversations/e-mail-blast-archive .

Not Getting These E-mails?
Many organizations automatically block group e-mails. You have two
options:

  1. Request that your IT department “White List” emails from
    mail.vresp.comand/or white list e-mails from the following IP
    addresses: 74.116.89.0/24 74.116.91.0/24 66.151.143.0/24
  2. Make sure the alternate email address in your robotevents.comhttp://robotevents.com/ team account is different
    – not a school address.

Is there a reason these aren’t posted the same time the email blasts are sent? I know lots of teams where the mentor is listed as contact so they get the emails but the students would want to see these emails as soon as they go out.

Yea, these don’t do much good now?