VRC Team Update - February 2013

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**February is All About Engineering
**
February 13, 2013

Update on Teams and Events
In the last several weeks, our numbers worldwide have risen above
7,200 teams, which means that there are tens of thousands of students
who are learning about Science, Technology, Math and Engineering.
Best of luck to all of the teams that will be competing in the 100
events scheduled this month. You are welcome to view all of our
350+ events posted at Robotevents.com! - http:/www.robotevents.com/

Calling All Volunteers!
The 2013 World Championship can not happen without your help.
Volunteers can sign up on line using the registration system which is
now open. Volunteers will receive a free 2013 WC t-shirt, free lunch
the day(s) they volunteer, and those who volunteer 3 full days can
be eligible to receive volunteer rates. There are a limited number
of discounted rooms for our out of town volunteers. The form is
simple and easy to complete, sign up now - https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=757956999 . If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Rausch at
Cheryl_Rausch@roboticseducation.org.

VRC World Championship Travel & Event Information Is Available!
If your team has qualified for the 2013 VEX Robotics Competition
World Championship, then you should start preparing for your trip to
Anaheim, CA as some of the hotels that are nearest to the convention
center are filling up quickly. Book quickly for the best
availability.

Look for information on the three divisions:

**Middle School VEX World Championship - http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/2013-vex-robotics-middle-school-world-championship.html

**High School VEX World Championship - http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/2013-vex-robotics-high-school-world-championship.html

**College VEX World Championship - http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/college-competition/2013-vex-robotics-college-challenge-world-championship.html

The following World Championship information is already available:

**Tentative agendas.

**The GET Travel accommodation page with over 20 hotel options. **
Ticket prices for over 14 different attractions in southern CA.

** Lunch options offered by the Anaheim Convention Center (both
concession stand menus and pre-order boxed lunches).

**Travel information and discounts for several partner service
providers. Click here - http://www.gettravel.com/vexroboticschampionship/
to view the information.

**Information about official World Championship apparel.

**World Championship photography packages.

Note: Don’t forget that if your team qualifies for the 2013 World
Championship between February 1st and March 1st, you have two weeks
to register and pay for your registration.

U.S. National Championship
The 2013 U.S. National Championship will take place on March 7th-9th
at the Ralston Arena in Ralston, NE. Team registration is still open
until February 20, 2013. Do not miss out on this exciting robotics
event. If your team has not qualified, but would like to be on the
wait list - http://www.robotevents.com/uschamps_waiting_list/%20 you are welcome to add your team to the list. Interested volunteers
please contact Cheryl Rausch at Cheryl_Rausch@roboticseducation.org.

REC Foundation Website
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation welcomes
everyone to visit our online resource -
http:/www.roboticseducation.org There is something for students,
educators, partners and sponsors including customized content and
tools that enhance the robotics education resources available to
local communities.

VEX Forums
The VEX Forums continue to be a great source for teams to share
information and grow in their STEM experience. If you have not been
there recently consider setting aside a few minutes and see what is
happening around the World in VEX Robotics. The teams attending the
World Championship use the VEX Forums to start scouting and preparing
for their great adventure. With a variety of users ranging from the
Rookie team to the seasoned Veteran there is something for every
level of expertise.

Don’t forget to visit the VEX Forums - https://vexforum.com/%20 for the latest
Competition information.

In The News
Global Newswire - http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/02/06/521415/10020839/en/Northrop-Grumman-Foundation-Robotics-Education-Competition-Foundation-to-Create-New-Robotics-Teams-Worldwide.html reports that The Northrop Grumman Foundation announced a
partnership to establish 200 new VEX Robotics Competition teams in
locations worldwide and support the program’s outreach. In addition,
the partnership will support the VEX Robotics Competition World
Championship in Anaheim, Calif., April 17-20, an event that will
attract more than 700 teams and 15,000 students for three days of
robotics engineering competition.

REC Twitter Handle
Invite your students, mentors and volunteers to follow us on Twitter.
They will also be able keep up with all the new information shared
by our teams, event partners, sponsors and the the REC Foundation.
Our Twitter handle: @REC_Foundation - http://www.twitter.com/REC_Foundation .

Global Skills Challenges

Global Skills events are still open and the top scores from official
events held through March 3, 2012 can advance top teams to the World
Championship Event. Events held after the March 3, 2013 deadline
will not be eligible to submit scores into the ranking.

Robot Skills rankings are posted here - http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/robot-skills and Programming Skills Challenge rankings are posted here - http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/programming-skills .

2013 VRC World Championship is only 62 Days Away!

Visit the 2013 VRC World Championship tournament pages on RobotEvents
for more information about the 2013 event.

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.

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