Event Partner Update – May 2017
EVENT PARTNER NEWSLETTER
Thanks For a Great Season!
As the 2017-18 kicks into high gear, we would like to take a moment to thank our Event Partners for an excellent 2016-17 season with a record 1,480 events across the United States and internationally! What’s more, our new season offers you two new fantastic games that promise to be much less build and set-up time and much more fun. With VEX IQ Challenge Ringmaster and VEX Robotics Competition In the Zone, our Game Design Committee took your feedback into thoughtful consideration and developed two games that offer faster set-up, are easy to transport, and should work well throughout the competition season. The REC Foundation encourages you to work with your Regional Support Manager to begin planning your season and scheduling your events!
2017-2018 Fee Changes
The REC Foundation remains committed to providing valuable programming and resources to our teams and partners. As our programs grow, it becomes much more expensive to support the expanding network of teams and events. To continue to bring teams the type of resources they’ve come to expect, and improve our ability to respond to the growing community of over 20,000 teams and thousands of events, it is necessary to increase fees to provide those services.
We are proud that our team registration fees remain one of the lowest of any robotics programs offered, and that we will be able to continue to offer a $50 discount for all additional teams from schools and organizations. We will continue to work hard to ensure our programs are the best value available; meaning high quality, affordable, accessible, and sustainable.
Similarly, RobotEvents.com will now include a flat $5 fee per registration for events this year. This new fee structure will still not cover all the costs of site maintenance, enhancements, processing, and accounting, but it will enable the REC Foundation to continue to make enhancements to the RobotEvents.com website and provide a better experience for all our teams and partners using the site. This fee will also include/cover/replace the 3% transaction fee that was previously taken out of team payments (it will not be in addition to that charge).
We encourage our Event Partners to build this into their event fees for the coming season. The REC Foundation continues to lead the industry as the most affordable program of its kind and with record growth, improvements must be made to ensure our program succeeds for years to come!
EP Summit July 10-14, 2017!
The annual Event Partner Summit is set for July 10-14, 2017, in Louisville, KY! It was a great event last year featuring lots of new game information, program detail, planning to prep for the season, as well as some entertainment. So, please consider joining us in Louisville and fill out the 2017 Event Partner Summit Interest Form today. Completion of the form will help us gauge attendance and begin planning the sessions. Space is limited and interested EPs will be contacted in the coming months with more information on how to register for the Summit. Please contact your Regional Support Manager with any specific questions about the Summit.
Regional Summits with RSMs
The spring and summer is also a great time of year to speak to your Regional Support Manager about organizing and meeting locally for a Regional Event Partner Summit! It’s a great opportunity for Event Partners from a region or state to get together and discuss how they will approach the upcoming season, and begin planning out the fall and winter season calendar. A lot of great learning and sharing of ideas and information can happen, even among a small group of partners. Your Regional Support Manager can be a great resource to help kick-start the process, so learn more about the opportunities available and contact your RSM today!
Connect with Us
The REC Foundation welcomes our community of coaches, teams, teachers, and others to connect with us on our social media channels. We welcome you to share news from your events, your team meetings, activities you participate in and more! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram today and tag us in your posts, using the hashtags #VEXRobotics, #VEXIQ, or #omgrobots!
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.
Past E-Mails Available Archives of all email blasts from this season can always be found here.
Not Getting These E-mails?
Many organizations automatically block group e-mails. You have two options:
1) Request that your IT department “White List” emails from mail.vresp.comand/or white list e-mails from the
following IP addresses: 126.96.36.199/24 188.8.131.52/24 184.108.40.206/24
2) Make sure the alternate email address in your RobotEvents.com team account is different — not a school address.