Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

BUILD. LEAD. ACHIEVE.

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

2022-23

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LETTER FROM THE CEO

THE WORLD NEEDS MORE PROBLEM- SOLVING LEADERS.

WORKFORCE READY 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 robust community consists of hundreds of thousands of students, coaches, mentors, event partners, volunteers, and collaborators from across the globe united in their passion for STEM. It’s our goal to use competitive robotics and STEM education programs to see students increase technical abilities while learning contemporary 21st-century workforce skills. Together we can all work to build a bright future for our students.

DAN MANTZ CEO and Chairman of the Board

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WHY THE REC FOUNDATION

We believe that everyone should be able to join in robotics and STEM education.

AFFORDABLE

ACCESSIBLE

SUSTAINABLE

• Kits and parts are reusable year-to-year with the average robot kit lasting 5-7 years SEASON SUPPORT STRUCTURE • Team Engagement Managers engage the local community and support the Coaches • Event Engagement Managers create opportunities for teams by supporting the Event Partners who host them • Event Support Specialists: Provide logistical and technical event support

• Reasonable initial start-up costs • Inexpensive annual registration fee

• Participation and success in our programs are available for everyone, regardless of location and experience in STEM and robotics • Student-centered and self-paced learning • Support educators with free, easy to follow, hands- on STEM lesson plans with

ABOUT US

MILLION STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN OUR PROGRAMS. 1.1

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation is a US-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that creates the future workforce by engaging today’s students in hands- on STEM learning through affordable, sustainable, and accessible robotics education programs. We see a future where all students design and innovate as part of a team, experience failure, persevere and embrace STEM. These lifelong learners emerge confident in their ability to make the world a better place.

70 COUNTRIES PARTICIPATE IN OUR PROGRAMS.

guided explorations • Largest network of competition events worldwide

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WHY ROBOTICS?

EASY-TO-USE SYSTEMS

The world needs more problem-solving leaders. Students develop problem- solving skills and learn programming fundamentals.

“I can hire these kids who are coming out of these programs directly into the workforce because they have all the skills that we look for. They know how to work on a team, they know how to program, they know how to deal with real-world systems, they also know how to deal with failures more importantly.” - Shivakumar Venkataraman Vice President of Engineering at Google Hands-on curriculum options give educators the tools they need to help students design, build, and program robots that provide technical knowledge and build communication and teamwork skills. Easy- to-use systems enable effective learning for both beginners and experts (ranging from pre-K through college).

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. THE PASSION TOWARDS STEM STARTS EARLY

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PROGRAM OFFERINGS

Competition Program

LEARNING. EXPERIENCE. CONFIDENCE.

VEX GO Challenge VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC) VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) VEX U VEX AI Competition VEX Factory Automation Competition JROTC Robotics REC Foundation Aerial Drone Competition REC Foundation Online Challenges

Providing pre-K through college access to educational and competitive programs, students gain valuable technical, interpersonal, and professional skills in the classroom and in competition environments that will brighten their future.

Educational Program and Products

VEX Factory Automation Competition - VEX V5 Workcell

Girl Scouts Mia Kit and Robotics Badges

Skills USA Mobile Robotics Technology

VEX 123

TSA Robotics

VEX GO

Competition Options In-Person Tournaments Live Remote Tournaments

“This has really been life-changing for them in terms of experiences. Now most of my students are saying I want to become a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer, and a biomedical engineer. These are possibilities now.” - Ramona Hutchins Hendley ES Robonauts, Team 75574A

VEX IQ

VEX V5

In-Person Skills-Only

VEXcode VR

VR Skills

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RESOURCE OFFERINGS

Team Resources

Dedicated REC Foundation Manager Grants Fundraising Resources Team Resources and Downloads Mobile Apps Tallo

ENGAGEMENT. DEDICATION. SUPPORT.

Educators and students need support and resources in order to get started a nd stay engaged. We provide hands-on and virtual learning tools as well as dedicated staff to support you, wherever you are in your STEM journey.

Educator Resources

Student Resources

Alumni Program

Teacher Training (Virtual and In-person)

Scholarship Program

Educator Certifications

International Robotics Honor Society

STEM Labs Curriculum

Industry Certification Program

VEXcode VR

“Robotics and STEM should be about building everyone within the community up and valuing each person’s voice and opinions.” - Jaden Baldwin, VEX Robotics Mentor

VEX Robotics Knowledge Base

Micro Certifications Internships

STEM Hall of Fame

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WORLD THE IN COMPETITION THE LARGEST ROBOTICS

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VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP The REC Foundation and Northrop Grumman Foundation present the VEX Robotics World Championship, the culminating event of the robotics competition season bringing together the top teams from around the globe to celebrate their accomplishments and compete to be crowned champions.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

MOVING TO DALLAS

FIRST-EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

LIVE REMOTE VEX WORLDS

More than 1,000 high school students from across the globe joined together to compete in the inaugural VEX Robotics World Championship game California State University, Northridge.

Officially broke the record for the world’s largest robot competition after 30.000 people and a record- breaking 1,075 teams converged in Louisville, KY for a week-long

For the first time ever, qualified teams and spectators from around

VEX Robotics World Championship brings together the top VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U teams from around the globe to celebrate their accomplishments and be crowned champions.

the globe took part in exciting remote tournaments and skills matches using the REC Foundation’s Live Remote Tournament interface.

celebration of STEM, diversity, and robotics.

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

REDEFINING THE FACE OF STEM

We believe that robotics and STEM is for everyone and strive toward an inclusive robotics community that is reflective of the diverse world we live in, and the one we want to leave behind.

Currently, women account for only 24 percent of the STEM workforce, and the number in leadership decreases as the level of leadership increases. * *Million Women Mentors

OUR FOCUS TOGETHER

Female Participation in Competitions * * VEX Programs

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Nearly 2.5 Million STEM jobs in the U.S. are unfilled. * *ssec.si.edu/stem-imperative

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SOME OF OUR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PROGRAMS • African American • Deaf and Hard of Hearing • Girl Powered • Hispanic

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The REC Foundation partners with academic and research organizations in order to evaluate and provide evidence of our programs’ impact on students’ education and career choices. Annual studies are conducted to assess outcomes related to workforce skills, student interest in STEM-related fields, and post-high school plans.

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“I tell young people: Do not think of yourself, think of others. Think of the future that awaits you, think about what you can do and do not fear anything.” - Rita Levi, Montalcini, Italian neurologist and Nobel Prize winner in Physiology

• Native American • Rural Engagement • Special Olympics

In 2018, only 176 Native American students took the computer science principles AP exam, out of 70,864 students total. * *College Board

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Join our community Discover what the REC Foundation can do for your school, students, and business. We are committed to implementing programs to help active learners develop STEM skills.

Let’s Start Our Partnership! Start a team, volunteer at a local event, or become a sponsor.

Contact Us Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

1519 Interstate 30 West Greenville, Texas 75402 Phone: +903 401 8088

support@robotevents.com www.roboticseducation.org www.robotevents.com

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