Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season!

Dan Mantz

On behalf of the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, welcome to the 2021-2022 VEX IQ Challenge Pitching In season, presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation. After persevering through last season’s challenges, we are very excited to offer our robotics community a fun and action-packed season!

The REC Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs. Through remote and in-person activities, students increase their innovative thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, enhancing their academic journey to build a talented workforce in various STEM-related professions.

Our well-known competition experience attracts hundreds of thousands of students from across the globe united in their passion for robotics and STEM. Some of the world's technology-advanced companies are eager to hire the next generation of innovators from the REC Foundation. It’s our goal to leverage competitive robotics to see students increase technical abilities while learning workforce skills and having fun with their team.

The REC Foundation is dedicated to providing the guidance and resources to ensure that the season and competitions run smoothly so that all participants, coaches, and volunteers have a rewarding experience. We encourage you to explore resources here in the Digital Welcome Kit including VEX IQ Challenge Pitching In information, VEX IQ STEM Labs (with free curriculum), VEX IQ Educator Certifications, free software downloads, and much more.

We wish you an enjoyable and challenging robotics season. I look forward to seeing you soon at an upcoming event!

Dan Mantz
CEO
Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

VEX Robotics World Championship Presenting Sponsor

The REC Foundation is proud to have the Northrop Grumman Foundation as a presenting sponsor of the 2020-2021 VEX Robotics Competition and the 2021 VEX Robotics World Championships.
 
Northrop Grumman Foundation Logo

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 challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

The VEX IQ Challenge fosters student development of the teamwork, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to prepare them to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

Current Challenge: Pitching In

VEX IQ Challenge Pitching In 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.

VIQC Virtual Skills

Are you ready to start planning, strategizing, and coding your robot for the new competition season? Simply register a team, and get started with Virtual Skills coding for the 2021-2022 VEX Robotics Competition and VEX IQ Challenge games. Experience the fun and excitement of Skills Challenges, while learning computer science with VEXcode VR. Take advantage of knowledge base articles, lessons, and teacher resources today!
VRC and VIQC Virtual Skills - 2021-2022

Team Resources

New to Robotics?

By its nature, the study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM education, but also encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization. The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation exists to bring this exciting experience to students all over the globe through the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U.

New to Robotics?

Online Challenges

The REC Foundation's Online Challenges program provides a unique opportunity for students from around the world to participate in VEX Robotics Competition, VEX U, and VEX IQ Challenge-based engineering competitions. Students can show off their work, win prizes, and even win a chance to compete at VEX Worlds. The REC Foundation organizes Online Challenges in subjects such as web design, CAD design, photography and video production.

Educational Resources

VEXcode

From elementary school through college, VEXcode is a coding environment that meets students at their level. The intuitive layout of VEXcode allows students to get started quickly and easily. VEXcode is consistent across Blocks and Text, across VEX IQ and VEX V5. As students progress from elementary, middle, and high school, they never have to learn a different blocks, code, or toolbar interface. As a result, students can focus on creating with technology, not trying to navigate a new layout.

Classroom Competition Activities | 2020-2021

Many schools are struggling to implement a robotics program this season and may not have the opportunity to attend an event either remotely or in-person. We've developed a series of self-paced Classroom Competition Activities utilizing VEX Education resources like VEXcode VR and STEM Labs to keep students engaged in robotics and address the workload of mentors/team coaches as they adjust to modified classroom dynamics. These activities fulfill participation requirements for certain grants, and provide teams with a sustainable and accessible way to engage in the 2021-21 competition season.
Classroom Competition Activities

STEM Labs

VEX Robotics created STEM Labs as a supplemental educational resource. The purpose was to support educators with free, easy to follow STEM lesson plans that align with educational standards. Each STEM Lab contains hands-on lessons with guided explorations that encourage teamwork and collaboration.

Educator Certifications

VEX now offers free, online training that helps educators at all different ability levels. Experience fun and engaging lessons while supporting students as they become proficient with the VEX Robotics system. By the end of the VEX Certified Educator program, you will be fully prepared to implement VEX Robotics and become a leader in technology and innovation within your school and community.
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