VRC Team Update - October 2012

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[LEFT]Welcome to Fall![/LEFT]

October 24, 2012

October brings us the official start of fall, and even better for VEX
teams, a long list of events all over the globe. We have already
completed more than 40 events in this young season and this month
alone brings another 46.

Update on Teams and Events
As of this week, there are over 4,500 registered VEX teams and over
285 events listed on RobotEvents. At this pace, the VRC program will
easily surpass 6,000 teams and over 300 events worldwide. If you have
not registered your team for this season, visit RobotEvents.com and
register your VRC team today to ensure that you receive important
updates about all things VEX.

This year registration is still only $75 for the first team number at
a school and $25 for each additional suffix. Once payment is
received, teams will receive a Welcome Kit that includes the sample
game elements (for the first team only), team license plates, and
flags. Click here - http://www.robotevents.com/ to register your
team now.

Check RobotEvents often for new events in your area as every week we
receive new postings.

FREE Autodesk VEX Curriculum Available Online
Autodesk and VEX Robotics have created a robotics curriculum that is
free and available for use by anyone. This project based curriculum
is designed for in-class use as well as being a resource for
competitive robotics teams. It is a wealth of information for both
students and teachers. The entire design process of a robot is
reviewed, both virtually with Autodesk Inventor and physically with
the VEX Robotics Design system.

There are lesson plans, assessment tools and other support materials
to help the teacher deliver the content in an organized, professional
manner that will make sense to the students using it. To view the
curriculum visit http://curriculum.vexrobotics.com

NEW REC Foundation Website to Launch Soon!
In the coming weeks, we will launch a new site that will provide
teams, teachers, and event partners with access to the most
up-to-date information on competitions, curriculum and resources.
Stay tuned for more information!

New Volunteer Registration System Launched!
This is an exciting time to be a part of a VEX Robotics event as a
volunteer. There are a wide range of non-technical volunteer
positions that are easy to learn and a few that require some training
prior to the event. Serving as a VEX robotics competition volunteer
is a great way for family members to support the local events. If
you, or anyone you know, would like to volunteer at a local event,
just fill out the VEX volunteer interest form - https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=757956999 and someone will be in contact about volunteer opportunities.

VEX Forums
Do not forget to check the VEX Forum for the latest information about
the Sack Attack competition season. Archives of all email blasts from
this season can always be found here - https://vexforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=281 .

VRC World Championship Qualification Info
The VRC WC qualification process is posted here - http://content.vexrobotics.com/epdocs/2013_VRWC_QualifyingCriteria.pdf .

Volunteer Training Available
Many of the adults on our teams serve as our volunteers and we now
have a variety of training sessions available that cover topics from
refereeing, to inspection and judging. There are a number of times
and dates available during the season. The training call schedule can
be found here - http://content.vexrobotics.com/epdocs/RECFTrainingCalls2012Oct1.pdf .

HEXBUG Fundraising!
Robotics teams can now earn up to 100% profit by selling HEXBUG micro
robotics creatures. Get more information here - http://www.robotevents.com/fundraising.php .

Looking for a VEX Event?
If you are looking for a VEX event to attend, visit
www.robotevents.com and click on the orange button that says “Map of
Local Events,” or use the Map Search function in the upper right
corner of the website. Using these locator functions will allow you
to quickly find events near you.

Sack Preparation
Scoring Sacks & Bonus Sacks come with a white information tag
attached to one seam. These tags should be cut off before use.
Cutting off the tags will not weaken the seam stitching the way that
tearing the tags off can. This will minimize the chance that a sack
could open due to rough handling by the robots.

The Online Challenges
The Online Challenges are now open for entries! All entries must be
submitted by Tuesday, January 11 at 11:59am (23:59) Central Standard
Time - just about noon. You can read about the seven challenges and
how to enter at http://forum.robotevents.com/design .

Here is why your students should enter the Online Challenges:

Qualify for World Championship: If you are part of a VEX Robotics
Competition team registered for the 2012-2013 season, six of the
Online Challenges offer the winning entry an automatic qualification
to the 2013 VRC World Championship.

Win VEX Prizes: The top three entries in all challenges, except the
Essay Challenge, receive VEX store credits ranging from $250 to $750.
Plus, some of the contests have extra prizes donated by our sponsors.

Open to All: The Online Challenges are open to all students, not just
those on VEX teams.

Become Eligible for the Excellence Award: Entering an Online
Challenge is a prerequisite for eligibility for the Excellence Award
at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship.

Assistance with Troubleshooting Your Robot
VEX Robotics has developed a handy VEX robot troubleshooting guide
that all teams should know about. The guide provides solutions to the
most common problems experienced while teams are working on their
robots. Download a copy of this guide from here - http://content.vexrobotics.com/docs/VEX_Robot_Troubleshooting_Flowchart_0811.pdf .

2012/2013 Skills Challenge Information & Ranking System
The robot and programming skills challenge rankings will follow the
format that was used last year. When teams compete during a robot
skills match, they will be awarded a score. During certain events,
including the 2013 World Championship, the top two teams will advance
to a final heads-up match that will be used to determine the winner.

Continuing this year: The top 30 ranked teams from both the robot and
programming skills challenges will earn a World Championship
qualifying spot. Information about the qualification for the World
Championship through the skills challenges can be found in the 2013
VRC World Championship Qualification Criteria - http://content.vexrobotics.com/epdocs/2013_VRWC_QualifyingCriteria.pdf .

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 175 Days Away!

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

REC Foundation
We are a non-profit foundation using robotics to get young and older
minds interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Please contact us, if we can be of help.

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things,
because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new
paths.” Walt Disney

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