About Us


The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s global mission is to provide every educator with competition, education, and workforce readiness programs to increase student engagement in science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science.


We see a future where every student designs and innovates as part of a team, overcomes failure, perseveres, and emerges confident in their ability to meet global challenges.

The REC Foundation

The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation sparks interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable, and affordable curriculum-based robotics programs.

VEX Competitions

The REC Foundation’s VEX Competitions make up the largest and fastest growing robotics engineering platform consisting of the following programs: the VEX IQ Competition (Elementary & Middle School), the VEX Robotics Competition (Middle School & High School) and VEX U (College/University).
This past season we reached more than 100,000 students at more than 2,600 events around the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation works in close partnership with VEX Robotics, Inc., creator of the robotics kits and educational tools used by students, educators and mentors. Each year, the two organizations unveil new engineering game challenges for the VEX IQ Challenge and the VEX Robotics Competition.

Code of Conduct

The REC Foundation considers the positive, respectful, and ethical conduct of all students, teachers, mentors, parents, and other event attendees an important and essential component of all events. Please download and review the Code of Conduct for an overview of expectations for participants’ behavior and ethical standards at all REC Foundation-sanctioned events.
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The REC Foundation operates RobotEvents.com to help support robotics and other STEM activities that aim to inspire and motivate students. RobotEvents.com is a community website that provides event promotion and professional online registration for STEM events. The site helps the two main groups who make all of these programs possible: teams (schools, students, teachers, mentors, parents) and event organizers (local groups and volunteers).

REC Foundation Board of Directors

The REC Foundation’s board members include:
  • Dan Mantz – CEO, REC Foundation
  • Dr. Cori Lathan, Ph.D – CEO, De Oro Devices
  • Mary Lou Ewald – Director, Southern Center of Robotics Education (SCORE); Director of Science & Math Outreach, Auburn University
  • Shelly Gruenig – Founder & CEO, Be Greater Than Average
  • Mike Harris – Chief Operating Officer, Ring/Blink (Amazon)

Nonprofit Information

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