Website challenge advices

Hi all! I am submitting my website to the website online challenge:

Any thoughts, advices, and constructive criticisms will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Here’s the judging information if interested:

The Robotics Team Website Challenge sponsored by Dell is a challenge asking you to develop a website that promotes your entire robotics program. This may include:

  • Your VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, or VEX U team(s),
  • Other robotics programs in which you participate,
  • Outreach/mentoring activities,
  • Your Past/Present/Future (what you have done, who you are, where you are, and what you plan to do in the future),
  • And how to join.

In short, build a website that tells the world how great is youth robotics and how special is your program. You are encouraged to promote all the STEM activities in which your robotics program participates (VRC, BEST, Botball, FIRST, TSA, PLTW, SKILLS USA, SKILLS Canada, underwater robotics, workshops, camps, math competitions, bridge building, solar-powered cars, etc.)

Bonus points provided for website that provides recognition for sponsors, teachers, mentors, and schools.

Judges evaluate websites with these questions in mind:

  • How well does the website tell the story of the program?
  • Does it provide information for outsiders wanting to learn about your program?
  • Is the website attractive and easy to navigate and does it have a unified design?
  • Does the website have a clear, easy-to-use layout, good structure, and consistent use of colors, menus, and imagery?
  • Does it include outreach activities, who you are, where you are, what you have done, and your plans?

Nice clear design! I would remove the team info that is duplicated in the “About Us” section. The front page with less info allows people to focus on your mission statement which is nicely presented.

I would move the timeline from the home page to its own section. You will be doing a lot more competition seasons, and it will end up cluttering the front page.

Good luck!


I remember your website from last year’s online challenge. This is a very good website, and I believe that you have done everything that you can in terms of following the rubric. The only thing I can recommend at this point is to continue improving the little things, as well as the user experience by cleaning up repetitive information such as the about us and home pages that both tell us who the team members are (like @lacsap noted), in addition to simplifying the navigation of the website. Hope this helps. Good luck in the online challenge this year.

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