REC Foundation Online Challenges

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation sees 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. 

As part of that mission, we offer Online Challenges to encourage students from around the World to continue learning beyond the competition field!

Participants expand on STEM skills, stay engaged with their teams, and showcase their work through a variety of Online Challenges topics. The wide variety of available projects helps students build valuable workforce readiness skills like time management, project management, research, CAD design, graphic design, video production, documentation, and community engagement.

Online Challenges are open to registered REC Foundation Competition Teams from elementary school through college. Students submit challenges, compete for top prizes, and gain experience and recognition they can take with them into their future careers.


A slate of Online Challenges opens for submissions each fall, and each season includes a mix of old and new challenges. Past seasons' challenges have included essays, research projects, poster design, video production, CAD design, electronics projects, and other creative endeavors. All work is done by students, and submissions are judged by community volunteers.


Finalists and Winners for each challenge are eligible for prizes, which range from gift certificates to paid entries to the next VEX World Championship!