Before we tell you all the exciting news, here's a little background: every year, the REC (Robotics Education & Competition Foundation) accepts submissions for a variety of Online Challenges. These challenges, though all somewhat related to the subject of robotics competition, are often designed to test the applicants abilities in a wider variety of disciplines than you might expect. These online challenges are structured so that while having a strong STEM education will definitely help, you will still need really need to stretch yourself into other skillsets if you want to succeed. We always really push our teams to really go the extra mile on these submissions, as they really give them a chance to show off their talents in areas that aren't exclusively limited to the competition field. Anyway, without further ado, we are super excited to reveal that the Rolling Robots teams have just submitted their Online Challenges for 2018 and that you can read all about it below!
Promote Award Video
The Promote Award is presented to a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) or VEX U team that has created and submitted an outstanding promotional video. This year we decided to tell the story of how our robotics education program helps students learn to build more than just robots with the video “Come See for Yourself”. It shows our team members sharing their hearts and minds about what they do at Rolling Robots, highlighting how VEX building and competition has impacted their lives. We've posted the full video below, be sure to check it out. One of our team members, Ethan, put a lot of work into making this video, so be sure to check out the text of his submission too! (Linked under the image).
Game Design Animation
The VeX Game Design Animation Challenge requires that teams design a new game for a VEX competition and present it in an animated video. This year, our game is called Vex Rapid Reversal. You can read all about it on our submission page here: Rolling Robots VEX Rapid Reversal Game, and watch the video below to see it in action!
Texas Instruments Electronics Challenge
In this challenge, our team members disassemble an electronic device and researched the components they found. Three of our teams entered this challenge. The devices analyzed were a Vex IQ Microcontroller, a D-Link Camera, and a PC Computer. They worked together to identify components and search for data sheets and other information online to deconstruct the devices and how they functioned. This process is integral to the field of reverse engineering and electronics repair and is a cornerstone of every good engineer's education. Based on their findings they presented a report detailing the process and discussing the function of each component in the overall device. One of our team member remarked that he felt like a detective during this project. It's not only an extremely informative task, but super fun as well.
View our Texas Instruments Electronics Challenge Submissions Below (by Team)
Make it Real CAD Challenge
The goal of this challenge is to design and build a new part for use in Vex Robotics. This year our submission is a license plate holder that is actually being used on our competition robot now! The drawings and models were produced in Autodesk Inventor and then we produced the physical part on a 3D printer. Click here to read our submission (click the little arrow in the Files section to download the PDF): VEX License Plate Holder Submission
This one is pretty self-explanatory: teams submit a photo of their Vex Robotics experience! We had some really great experiences this last season and it's great to see them captured on film. Click each link below and scroll down to the Files section to see the photos!
View our Photography Challenge Submissions Below (by Team)
Thanks to all of you who submitted and to everyone reading this. Your hard work and support means the world to us. Please click the links and vote for our submissions!