Are you looking for another way to get a bid to the World competitions in April? Then try one of the challenges listed below.The Robotics Team Website Challenge sponsored by Dell is a challenge asking you to develop a website that promotes your entire robotics program. This may include:
- Your VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, or VEX U team(s),
- Other robotics programs in which you participate,
- Outreach/mentoring activities,
- Your Past/Present/Future (what you have done, who you are, where you are, and what you plan to do in the future),
- And how to join.
In short, build a website that tells the world how great is youth robotics and how special is your program. You are encouraged to promote all the STEM activities in which your robotics program participates (VRC, BEST, Botball, FIRST, TSA, PLTW, SKILLS USA, SKILLS Canada, underwater robotics, workshops, camps, math competitions, bridge building, solar-powered cars, etc.)The VEX Photography Online Challenge was introduced in 2015 and received 196 submissions. Since then, this challenge continues to receive the most Online Challenge submissions every season. In this challenge, students submit a photo that best represents what they love about being involved in robotics. The challenge is to upload just one photograph that tells a complete story, focusing on a favorite aspect of VEX IQ Challenge, VRC or VEX U. The chosen photo should convey an emotion, specifically the feeling you experience when you are doing what you love most.
The Promote Award is presented to a VEX IQ Challenge team that created and submitted an outstanding VIQC promotional video. This video promotes the team in the community to recruit new students, mentors, and support.
This is your big chance to tell us how great is your team! Be creative and have fun making a video which shows one or more of these parts of building VEX IQ Challenge robots:
- Why other youth would love building robots and should start a team or join your team.
- What your team does.
- How you design and build your robot.
- What you learn from the VEX IQ Challenge.
You will see the rules for the challenge below, but the most important thing is to get people excited about your team!
Girl Powered is an initiative to redefine the face of STEM by creating a more inclusive environment for all students within the robotics community. Together, with the support of the entire community, we strive to encourage equal participation of young women and men in competitive robotics. We want to use this challenge to show the robotics community at large just what it means to be a Girl Powered VEX IQ Challenge team!
Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:
- When you hear the phrase, Girl Powered, what comes to mind? How is it reflected in your team’s approach to robotics?
- Share how your team took initiative to create a more inclusive environment that attracts a diverse group of students.
- Share how each team member tried various roles on the team (designing, building, driving, programming, strategy, awards, etc.). Explain what you learned through this experience.
- How do you believe diversity of perspective changes your robot design, your team chemistry, and even your ability to succeed?
- Who is your STEM role model and why? Does this person inspire you to have a more inclusive team/program? How?
We want compelling, engaging stories that give us insight into how you’ve taken the Girl Powered initiative and incorporated it into your experience on a VEX IQ Challenge team. The benefit of having a diverse team becomes apparent through your individual stories.