The REC Foundation is here to support all students and educators looking to stay engaged in STEM at home. These recommended STEM resources offer a way for parents, coaches, teachers, and students to easily access useful content for online learning.
VEX Robotics creates tools that educators and mentors will use to shape the learners of today into the problem solving leaders of tomorrow. Click here to learn more.
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 VR lets you code a virtual robot using a block-based coding environment powered by Scratch Blocks. VEXcode VR is based on VEXcode, the same programming environment used for VEX 123, VGOC, VIQC, and VRC robots.
VEXcode VR Activities
VEXCode VR has an abundance of activities that accompany it. In completing these activities, users will experience creativity, programming strategies, and problem-solving skills in a fun and engaging way.
Each STEM Lab contains hands-on lessons with guided explorations that encourage teamwork and collaboration.
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy studies how teachers use robots in classrooms to teach Computer Science, Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (CS-STEM). Our mission is to use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about science and technology. The Robotics Academy fulfills its mission by developing research-based solutions for teachers that are classroom-tested and foreground CS-STEM concepts. Click here to learn more.
CS2N Catalog Badges
Earn badges by demonstrating knowledge of skills for both VEX Cortex and V5. Go to CS2N Catalog Badges.
VEX EDR Fundamentals
Learn the basics of programming using ROBOTC. Go to VEX EDR Fundamentals.
VEX EDR Setup
Create, download, and run your program after building your robot. Go to VEX EDR Setup.
VEX EDR Movement
Understand basic movement behaviors and commands to successfully complete the challenge. Go to VEX EDR Movement.
VEX EDR Remote Control
Program your robot to get the most out of input from your controller. Go to VEX EDR Remote Control.
VEX EDR Sensing
Learn how to utilize multiple sensors to allow your robot to interact within its surroundings. Go to VEX EDR Sensing.
VEX EDR Engineering
Learn to write a program that is competition-worthy. Go to VEX EDR Engineering.
Strength, Stability, and Valance with VEX EDR V5
Learn foundational skills of structural design to create a crane. Go to Strength, Stability, and Valance.
Getting Started with VEX EDR V5 ( STEM Lab Ed.)
Learn the basics of programming for VEX EDR V5. Go to Getting Started with VEX EDR V5.
Robot Movement with VEX EDR V5 (STEM Lab Ed.)
Use VEX C++ to program Smart Motors. Go to Robot Movement.
Programming Logic with VEX EDR V5 (STEM Lab Ed.)
Use VEX C++ to program Conditional Statements and Loops. Go to Programming Logic.
Transmissions and Mechanical Advantage with VEX EDR V5
Learn and implement various examples of Mechanical Advantage. Go to Transmissions and Mechanical Advantage.
Drivetrains with VEX EDR V5
Learn the components of drivetrains and learn to demonstrate which is best for various tasks. Go to Drivetrains.
Coding and Computational Thinking with VEX V5 Curriculum
This curriculum provides students with knowledge, skills, and abilities including basic programming techniques, decomposition, pattern recognition, algorithmic thinking, abstraction, and problem-solving of real-world applications. Go to Coding and Computational Thinking.
- 2021 Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in STEM - "Are you ready to find a school that's aligned with your interests?"
- Exploratorium - Make sense of timely topics and find general science support for your virtual classroom or learning together at home.
- Scientific American - Explore science activities which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items.
- National Science Teaching Association - Find an array of free resources for you and your classroom.
- Smithsonian Science Education Center - Explore curriculum and resources.
- California Educational Environment Initiative - The K-12 EEI Curriculum uses the environment as a context to help students learn science and history-social science.
- Flinn At Home Lab Series - Flinn offers live, interactive lab experiences to help teachers deliver better science study at home.
- Tech Museum at Home - Here's a collection of fun and easy activities for parents and educators, including educational resources and links to some educational IMAX films!
- ITEAA Resources - ITEEA has compiled resources as a way to support educators through the unprecedented period of social distancing.
- UC Berkeley Extension Coding Resources - Whether you're a novice who's just starting out or already have prior experience with industry concepts and tools, these coding resource articles and web design tutorials can help further develop your existing skill set.
- GoEngineering Solidworks - GoEngineer offers a variety of virtual services, resources, technical support, and training so you can continue working on projects, meet deadlines, and expand your knowledge of SOLIDWORKS from the comfort of your home.
- California Department of Education Lunch Bite Webinar Series - Join the CDE during your lunch break to collaborate with them as they examine the realities and opportunities of delivering lessons in a virtual way.
- Math Toolkit - The ESA Math Toolkit was designed to serve as a guide for districts and schools to help focus their instruction.
- Mathworks: MATLAB and Simulink for VEX Robotics - Looking for virtual resources to keep your STEM game strong while you're at home? Get started with MATLAB from MathWorks!
- Mathworks VEX Guide - Why use MATLAB and Simulink for VEX Robotics?
- Autodesk Student Community - See how Autodesk is supporting distance learning globally for students and teachers.
Articles and Activities
- Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Free Curricula and Online Resources - Curricula and links to free offerings from friends of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy.
- Audible: Free Audiobooks for Kids - Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible selection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
- Creativity with Crayons - Crayola has created a list of 52 creative challenges for you and your classroom to complete.
- CSTA-Compiles Resources to Support Teaching During Covid-19 - For educators and parents that are experiencing stress, CSTA has compiled a list of resources to take care of your physical and emotional well-being.
Virtual Field Trips
- 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours - Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.
- Google Earth Virtual Tours - Google Earth offers a list of the parks with tours available. Simply click on any you want to see, and you'll be whisked away to see a series of interactive photos and views of its most breathtaking trails and views.
- 12 Virtual Reality Tours - The Washington Post has put together a list of 12 virtual reality tours that you and your kids can take in the comfort of your own home.
- The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World (Art, History, Science, and Technology) - Upgraded Points have put together virtual tours that include exhibit walk-throughs and the ability to examine some of the world's best paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal.