Welcome to the 2020-2021 Season!

On behalf of the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 VEX IQ Challenge Rise Above season, presented by Northrop Grumman Foundation. 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. Our Competition experience includes hundreds of thousands of students from across the globe united in their passion for STEM. It’s our goal to use competitive robotics to see students increase technical abilities while learning contemporary 21st century workforce skills.

The REC Foundation provides information and resources to ensure that competitions run smoothly and that everyone has a rewarding experience. We encourage you to explore resources here in the Digital Welcome Kit including VIQC Rise Above game summary information, VIQC STEM Labs (with free curriculum), VIQC Educator Certifications, free software downloads, and much more.

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

Dan Mantz
Dan Mantz
CEO
Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

A Word from our 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 and research project 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: 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.

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.

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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