Online Challenges

Community Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

Description uses its resources to help solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges, combining funding, innovation, and technical expertise to support underserved communities and provide opportunity for everyone. Entries for this online challenge will highlight ways VRC and VEX U teams use their resources and VEX  Robotics expertise to help or support their local communities.

Show us the ways your team makes meaningful impacts on problems or needs in your community. Your video should promote the ways your team uses its robotics skills and resources to make significant contributions to your school, town, or other community. The work described in your video can span multiple seasons, and is not limited to REC Foundation or VEX Robotics programs.

Enter by January 18, 2022

Challenge Requirements
Judging Criteria
Upload Instructions


Teams must be part of a registered VRC or VEX U team for the current season.

  • Only one entry per team is permitted. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may submit one entry. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit an entry, but team 123A could not submit two entries. Entries must vary in content and presentation to be considered separate entries. 
  • Entries submitted in previous years’ Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.


The REC Foundation and Google will recognize a total of ten (10) winners chosen from all submissions for this challenge, which may include entries and winners from both VRC and VEX U teams. Each winning team will receive: 

  • Paid team registration for this season's VEX Robotics World Championship

Challenge Requirements

Rules of the Challenge

Show us how you’re helping your community. Your video should highlight the ways your team uses its knowledge and resources to make a meaningful and positive impact on your community. We want to see how you use the skills you’ve gained in VEX Robotics competitions to solve problems or fill needs in the world around you.

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • What skills, knowledge, and resources does your team share with the community? Are they skills you gained from participating in robotics?
  • What has your team done to address a challenge or problem in your community?
  • Who are the community members that your team supports, and why did you choose to support them?
  • What meaningful impact has your team made on your school, town, or community?
Technical Details

A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.

  1. Video is created and produced solely by student team members. It is acceptable for adults to assist with downloading any necessary resources or submitting the story where students may need permission.
  2. Format: One link to a video file posted on YouTube, SchoolTube, Youku, or equivalent video-streaming platform. Links to Google Drive, Dropbox, or other storage locations are not acceptable.
  3. Size: Up to 3 minutes, including title, credits, and any other content.
  4. Credits: Each video must include
    • Title of submission
    • Names of students who participated (using first names only is acceptable)
    • Team number 
    • Location of team
  5. Music must be in the public domain.

Judging Criteria

  • Up to 15 points for a video that clearly describes the skills, knowledge, and resources the team shares with their community, particularly skills gained from participation in robotics, and how they’ve applied them to solve a problem
  • Up to 15 points for a video that clearly describes who the team’s actions support, why the team chose to support them, and how the team has positively impacted them
  • Up to 15 points for good video editing, including the structure and presentation of all material.
  • Up to 15 points for music and/or sound that is clear, appropriate, and well-balanced.
  • Up to 15 points for the clarity of the video’s message.
  • Up to 15 points for the scope and impact of the project featured in the video.

Upload Instructions

  • Click the green Enter Challenge button on the right side of the screen.
  • Fill out the submission form and type a brief description of your challenge entry in the Full Description box.
  • Click Save.
  • Click the blue Links/Videos button in the upper right of the screen.
  • Enter the URL, title, and description of your video.
  • Click Add Link.
  • Click the blue All Entries button to confirm that your submission is visible.
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