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The path towards a passion for STEM starts early.

Elementary and middle school is the most formative time in a young student's life. The best way to instill a lifelong interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is to provide a fun, engaging, and hands-on opportunity to explore and experience it for themselves.

By its nature, the study of robotics inherently incorporates all four pillars of STEM. VEX IQ is a snap-together robotics system designed from the ground up to provide this opportunity to future engineers of all skill levels. By packaging advanced concepts into an accessible package, the system also naturally encourages teamwork, problem solving, and leadership for students as young as second grade!

Engage Your Students in STEM With Robotics

"Students who have not excelled in other classes have blossomed with VEX. The shy ones become animated, the "smart" ones learn humility, collaboration and support crosses team affiliations. Most importantly they have learned there is always room for improvement and something to celebrate!"

- Jenny Brandon

6th - 8th Grade Teacher

Engage Your Students in STEM With Robotics

"Students who have not excelled in other classes have blossomed with VEX. The shy ones become animated, the "smart" ones learn humility, collaboration and support crosses team affiliations. Most importantly they have learned there is always room for improvement and something to celebrate!"

- Jenny Brandon

6th - 8th Grade Teacher

"VEX robotics has been such a great tool for my kids. It’s engaging , helps them develop skills for future careers, and is super fun. They love how easy it is to use the pieces creatively and create robotic masterpieces!"

- Janelle Odle

5th Grade Teacher

"I have seen first-hand, time and time again, the impact robotics has had on my students. It LITERALLY changes the trajectory of these kids’ lives as it teaches problem solving, collaboration, communication, and the right way to celebrate. There is nothing else out there that prepares students better for the 21st century workforce than robotics."

- Jake Simons

5th Grade Teacher

In the Classroom

The VEX Certification System demonstrates to other educators that VEX certified educators understand the fundamentals of using and implementing VEX Robotics. The VEX Certification System also allows REC Foundation volunteers to demonstrate competency in various aspect of running a REC Foundation event.

In addition to the lessons in the training courses, users will also have the opportunity to take practice exams, ensuring that they are completely prepared for the certification exam.

STEM Labs

Turning

Explore robot behaviors and create a project for the Autopilot robot to turn.

Programming

Ages 8 - 15 | 45 - 155 min | Beginner

Movement Challenge

Program an Autopilot to drive on a designated path through a sequence of movements.

Programming

Ages 8 - 15 | 45 - 180 min | Intermediate

M.A.D. Box

Explore how the mechanical advantages of torque and speed are related to gear ratios.

Engineering

Ages 8 -15 | 45 - 145 min | Beginner

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.

 

Drive Forward is the New Hello World

We all know that robots attract kids to learn. VEX Robotics and VEXcode are providing opportunities for students of all ages to participate in learning the code that makes these robots work. VEX makes computer science come to life through collaborations, hands-on projects, and engaging experiences. From classrooms to competitions, VEXcode helps to create the next generation of innovators.

Classroom to Competition

In the VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play with other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamworkleadershipcommunications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April!

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally.

In addition to operating and supporting competitions for some of the world’s leading robotics platforms and organizations, including VEX, TSA, and BEST Robotics, the foundation also provides program support and

workshops focused on technology and professional development for educators. The REC Foundation is a US-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

For more information, visit the REC Foundation website at http://www.roboticseducation.org.