Entry Points to VEX and the REC Foundation

In this article, educators will find resources and articles to get started teaching with VEX.

Welcome to Teaching With VEX

I believe that teaching is the most challenging, but also the most rewarding, occupation in the world. When provided with the right resources, teachers can develop and amplify innovative solutions in their classrooms.

The VEX Continuum enables you, as an educator, to bring STEM, Computer Science, and robotics to life with your students in hands-on, engaging ways. With VEX, both teachers and students are creators, not just consumers, of technology.

As you teach with VEX in your setting, educators.vex.com can serve as a ‘home base’ as you get started or continue teaching with VEX. Begin with the educator certification for your platform to learn how to set up and organize your materials for classroom use, build and code your robots, and teach with STEM Labs and activities.

Beyond the certifications, educators.vex.com offers you the ability to explore curriculum resources, standards alignment, research, support articles, and more. No matter your setting, educators.vex.com is here to support you on your STEM teaching journey!

Jason McKenna - former classroom teacher

Educator Certifications

VEX EXP certification

VEX offers free, online training that works around your schedule to help educators at all different backgrounds and levels of experience. You will experience fun and engaging lessons while supporting students as they become proficient with the VEX Robotics system. By the end of the VEX Certified Educator program you will receive a certificate with professional development hours, and you will be fully prepared to implement VEX Robotics and become a leader in technology and innovation within your school and community. Educator Certifications are free.

Learn more about the VEX Certified Educators program.

Professional Development

PD+ Dashboard

VEX Professional Development Plus (PD+) offers access to a catalog of Professional Development videos, participation in a Professional Learning Community, access to the VEX Educators Conference, exclusive STEM Webinars, and much, much more.

Purchase or get a quote for PD+.

Content and resources included:

  • Learn from the team at VEX with online courses
  • Learn at your own pace with the collection of videos and video playlists
  • Engage in conversations in the Professional Learning Community
  • Read new and interesting STEM commentary in the STEM insight articles
  • Keep up with the latest additions and live events happening in VEX PD+
  • Earn achievements, certificates, and PD hours by participating in online courses and watching videos
  • Access a free 3-day trial to preview VEX PD+ content

New and fresh content is added monthly. Learning never stops with VEX PD+!

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Curriculum for STEM

VEX Platforms

VEX Curriculum, called STEM Labs, functions as "plugin" lessons that can fit into your existing curriculum, or be utilized in sequential order to create a unique, extended learning experience. STEM Labs promote integrated STEM learning, collaboration, and critical & creative thinking.

Content and resources included:

  • Many captivating STEM Lab Units
  • Implementation Guide
  • Parent Letter Home
  • Pacing Guide
  • Standards Alignment
  • Materials Lists
  • Build Instructions
  • Activities

Access STEM Labs at education.vex.com

  • STEM Labs are free
  • Learn more about using STEM Labs in the VEX Library

Curriculum for Computer Science

The process of developing coding solutions with a robot provides a relevant context for engaging students in Computer Science. The VEX Computer Science curriculum continuum provides students with a fun and engaging way to learn authentic applications to Computer Science concepts while developing Computational Thinking competencies.

VEX offers two free CS curriculum solutions

  • VEX 123 allows Coding to Start as Early kindergarten
  • VEXcode VR uses Virtual Robots to make coding relevant

VEX offers additional free Curriculum at cs.vex.com that includes

Standards Alignment

VEX Robotics curriculum is targeted at a number of grade-level national standards, helping to ensure all students have access to robust content. See the ways in which our lessons help meet the learning objectives for your students.

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VEX Research

Teacher at computer with notebook

Teach with confidence. VEX STEM Labs and curricula are research-based STEM programs developed by teachers for teachers and backed by proven results. The purpose of VEX Research is to provide teachers and district administrators with information about the research-based instructional strategies and approaches used in VEX products and solutions.

Read more at research.vex.com

Engineering Notebooks as a Learning Tool

VRC Engineering NOtebook Example

Engineering Notebooks are a vital part of VEX Robotics competitions. They are also an important learning tool that when effectively utilized can lead to a number of positive student outcomes.

Read more about how engineering notebooks can:

  • promote active learning
  • help student motivation
  • promote student interaction
  • contextualize learning experiences

Funds and Grants for Robotics Programs

Meeting the demands of 21st Century STEM Education can be thrilling, but it can be a challenge to find funding for your programs. Whether you are developing an early childhood robotics program with VEX 123 or VEX GO, or starting a competition team with VEX IQ or V5, there are grants available for you.

Learn more at grants.vex.com

VEX Sales

Get product selection advice, request quotes, and buy directly from VEX Robotics.

Contact us at sales.vex.com

VEX Library

VEX Library Homepage

Documentation, resources, and information about all things VEX organized and in one place. This self-serve support is there to help users quickly find detailed information on building, electronics, coding and troubleshooting.

The VEX Library includes information on:

  • How to use VEX electronics
  • How to use VEX mechanical products
  • Drivetrain and mechanism design
  • Installing and using VEXcode
  • Coding tutorials
  • Troubleshooting guides
  • Safety guidelines

Go to library.vex.com

VEX Support

VEX offers support by phone, email, and chat. Support can answer questions about products, orders, technical issues, and product repair or replacement.

Contact us at support.vex.com

VEX Competitions

VIQC tournament with audience

Educators interested in starting or supporting a VEX Competition team should look at the resources and content available for Coaches.

Explore the content at coaches.vex.com

Student Resources

Students playing VIQC Pitching In

This collection provides resources and articles to support classroom and competition students in their STEM journey as they get started with VEX.

Explore the content at students.vex.com

Parent Resources

Parents in audience of tournament

This set of resources and articles helps parents encourage and support their student’s STEM journey.

Explore the content at parents.vex.com

For more information, help, and tips, check out the many resources at VEX Professional Development Plus