Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC Foundation)

The Robotics Education & Competition (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. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this goal.

VEX IQ Challenge

The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

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2020-2021 VEX IQ Challenge Game: Rise Above

VEX IQ Challenge Rise Above is played on a 6' x 8' rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points. Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

VEX Robotics Competition (VRC)

The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 18,000 teams from 40 countries playing in over 1,350 competitions worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round.

In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.

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VEX U

The VEX U college and university competition has more than 350 teams competing in local tournaments and at VEX Worlds. Based on the VEX Robotics Competition, VEX U teams are allowed more customization and greater flexibility than other grade levels while providing the effective costs and real-world limitations of a restricted development environment. See more on why colleges get involved in the VEX U program.

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2020-2021 VRC and VEX U Game: Change Up

VEX Robotics Competition Change Up is played on a 12'x12' square field configured as seen above. Two (2) Alliances - one (1) "red" and one (1) "blue" - composed of two (2) Teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period, followed by a one minute and forty-five second (1:45) Driver Controlled Period. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by placing Balls in Goals, and Connecting Rows.

Team and Event Registration

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Previous VEX Competitions

View information about previous VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics Competition / VEX U games at Robotics Education & Competition Foundation Competition History.

Additional Information

LeRoy Nelson, Sponsor of LAUSD Nelson Team Grants
LeRoy@LARobotics.org

Steven Rummell, Regional Support Manager
Steven_Rummell@roboticseducation.org

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

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