Factory Automation Competition (FAC) Program

The Factory Automation Competition (FAC) is a classroom-based competition that provides students with essential and desirable foundational skills needed for today's advanced manufacturing careers. Students progress from education to workforce and beyond by engaging in hands-on curriculum using the VEX V5 Workcell.

Current Challenge: Delivery Design

2021-2022 Factory Automation Competition Delivery Design: High school teams compete to achieve the best Throughput and Run Time at different Competition Phases. Teams design, build and program a manufacturing Workcell to complete the Competition Phase by submitting a video of a Production Run to Robotevents.com, where scores are recorded on a global leader board.

Created to help close the STEM skills gap and provide a unique classroom competition opportunity for high school & college level students, the FAC program allows students to experience manufacturing robotics and develop skills they can bring into the workforce. 

Get Started

Place orders for the VEX V5 Workcell at robotevents.com/products. Select FAC from the box of selections. Please note that V5 Workcell purchase includes team registration cost. After purchase, please register your team by creating a robotevents.com account or logging in to an existing account to register a team at robotevents.com/register/teams/ and select VEX Factory Automation Competition Team Registration FAC 2021-2022.

Industry Skills & More

Students learn desirable and applicable robotics manufacturing skills, STEM principles, and soft skills like communication and teamwork.
Manufacturing Skills
STEM Principles

Concepts Covered

  • Coordinate systems
  • Throughput
  • Efficiency
  • End-effectors
  • Feeder systems
  • Redundancy

Workforce Development

The REC Foundation aims to improve Workforce Development Education and interest by:
  • Providing a clear path for students to prepare for advanced manufacturing careers
  • Closing manufacturing skills gaps for many employers
  • Preparing the manufacturing workforce for continual career development.
  • Changing the perception of factory automation and manufacturing career.
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