VRC Team Update - September 2013

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Inspiring students, one robot at a time.

**2013/2014 Season Off & Running **

September 18, 2013

VRC Team Registration
Just a few short weeks into the new school year and already there are more than 3,100 registered teams from 15 nations preparing to compete this season. There are also numerous competition events posted to RobotEvents - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/f16d78ab2d with more going up each week. Take a moment to explore events near
you and update your contact information in the system.

**Game Manual Update **
Teams can find Toss Up information and watch the Referee Video to make sure they are prepared for their upcoming events.
Toss Up Info:http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/70094b88e7
Referee Video:http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/122d949b34

Online Challenges
Build a VEX robot to deliver trophies to award winners at robotics tournaments, adding a creative and fun element to the ceremonies! This is just one of the many Online Challenges that open this week. Visit today to learn more about all the Online Challenges - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/2842504c8b !

VEX IQ & VRC Curriculum
VEX Robotics provides academic curriculum that is mapped to the new Common Core standards. The unique materials provide the rigor and relevance teachers seek, while promoting a fun and hands-on classroom experience for students in grades 2-8 - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/9bd9f0c5fd and 9-12 - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/525a2fb2b6

**Skills Challenge Rankings **
The Skills Rankings for both the programming and robot skills can qualify teams for state and for the VRC World Championship. Top scores from the results from official events held through March 2, 2014 will qualify. Skills Challenge - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/db1f938841 results from events held after March 2 will not be included.

**Calling All Volunteers **
It is time to start planning ahead for the 2014 VEX World Championship, April 23-26, 2014. The REC Foundation values the contribution of each and every volunteer to ensure the success of this large annual event. Please sign up - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/6f9deb1902/AP=769726820 today and explore a variety of positions for all skill levels.

**VEX IQ Challenge **
VEX IQ teams are also welcome to register and locate new competition events - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/7a5c270916 with more being added each week.

Students will be especially pleased to try out the new Autodesk Assembler http://cts.vresp.com/c/RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/161adb6dd2 software program, where they will be able to effortlessly design
their robots using CAD.

**VEX IQ Challenge **
VEX IQ teams are also welcome to register and locate new competition events - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/b172a68c87 with more being added each week.

Students will be especially pleased to try out the new Autodesk
Assembler - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/fa36a74db8 software program, where they will be able to effortlessly design their robots using CAD.

**VEX Autodesk Inventor® Webinar **
Whether you are a mentor, teacher, or VEX Robotics team member looking to use Autodesk Inventor to design for your VEX robot this webinar is for you! Autodesk Inventor software offers an easy-to-use set of tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation. In this webinar you will learn the basics of Autodesk Inventor® so you can start modeling your VEX robot. Register today - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/d99e5ebe37 to join the Autodesk Inventor® webinar!

**Grant & Scholarship Information **
The 2013- 2014 season will provide VEX Robotics students with access to more scholarship - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/b6fd7d7d9e opportunities with new colleges and universities joining this season. In addition, the REC Foundation has established a new area of the website to notify potential new teams of grant opportunities - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/5fa925a597 organized by state and by program.

**RobotEvents Update **
RobotEvents - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/45cbcb239a is your resource for VRC, VEX IQ, and VEXU tournaments, workshops, Skills Challenge rankings, and the the Online Challenges. Check back often for updates!

2014 VRC World Championship is only 217 Days Away!
The event will again take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, April 23-26, 2014. The 2015 event will also be in
Anaheim from April 22-25, 2015.

“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the
more I have of it”• Thomas Jefferson

**Map Search Function on Robotevents.com **
You are able to search out local events and teams to on the Map
Search - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/18617623a5 feature at the top of the page on Robotevents.com. This is a great way to find new events and teams in your area and around the world.

**Past E-Mails Available **
Archives of all email blasts from this season can always be found
here - http://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/e2441a56f4/f=281 .

REC Foundation 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://cts.vresp.com/c/?RECFoundation/28debaf003/00dd9902b7/0d55df91b0

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