WC 2016 Team Blast Email #11

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 Information Needed & Inspection Reminder!
All teams attending VEX Worlds 2016 are required to complete their VEX Worlds
online profile to be considered for many awards during the event.
This information is used by event staff and Judges, to provide a
better event experience for you and your team. These profiles should
be completed no later than Friday, April 15, 2016.

Log in to your account on robotevents.com - http://www.robotevents.com , and click on “My
Account” in the upper-right-hand corner. You will now see your
account dashboard. Scroll down to see a list of Registered Events.

In the right-hand column, click on the link that reads “TEAM INFO
NEEDED” next to your VEX Worlds registration. Fill out the answers
and you are done.

If you have more than one registered team, you will have to repeat
this for each team.

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 next week.

VEX IQ Challenge Pit Decorating Contest
Share your team spirit and culture by decorating your VEX Worlds pit
space. Get creative and choose items that are easy to pack. It’s a
great way to celebrate your team’s participation in VEX Worlds 2016!
Each team will be provided with a pit space of at least 10′ ×
10′, which will include a 6-foot table, 2 chairs, electricity, and
a team sign. Your pit space will also include an 8-foot tall drape
behind it and a 3-foot tall drape along the side. Prizes will be
awarded to three elementary school and three middle school teams, who
have demonstrated great spirit and creativity in decorating their
Worlds pit space. Enjoy making your pit space as special as your
team!

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: http://www.roboticseducation.org/vex-robotics-competitionvrc/vex-worlds-volunteers/

**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. The
event this year features a new menu, unlimited soda and several new
rides opened exclusively for our event, including Storm Chaser (the
L.A. Times has it in the running for top new coaster of 2016!), T3 (a
suspended looping coaster with five inversions), Skycatcher (a 130
foot tall swing ride), Cyclos (a rotating pendulum that loops 360
degrees in the air) and FlutterFly. In addition, this season’s new
“movie you ride” is Angry Birds. Tickets will be available for
purchase of $40 per person at VEX Worlds on Saturday, April 23, at
registration between 9am - 3pm.

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 .

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