TCEA Robotics Contests
At TCEA, it has always been our goal to support educators. And since the COVID-19 pandemic, which is a phrase that everyone is ready to no longer hear, we acknowledge that teaching– and education– have changed drastically and quickly. More has been placed on the shoulders of educators, and the needs of educators have changed. Not only that, student learning has been impacted. That said, TCEA has been adapting, adjusting, and rethinking what we do in order to best realize our vision of “Learning without Limits” through our mission of “advancing teaching and learning through the use of technology.”
After much thought and debate, TCEA and the TCEA Board of Directors have decided to discontinue the TCEA State Robotics Contest moving forward. Additionally, TCEA will no longer require area directors to provide a TCEA area robotics contest; however, TCEA area directors may offer area robotics contests if they choose. TCEA will support registration and sell robotics mats should an area continue with its area robotics contest. Areas can use previous contest manuals for future contests, or they may choose to create their own. TCEA will continue to provide professional learning and support for educators in robotics through online courses, Robotics Summer Camp, and other events.
This was not an easy decision. Robotics has been a big part of our association for many years. But while we understand that this news may come as a surprise and/or cause disappointment, we have had to acknowledge how the past few years have affected education and impacted student learning. With that in mind, this decision will allow us to support educators in new ways in order to maximize student learning in classrooms around Texas and beyond.
Contest Dates and Locations
We are compiling a list of some local contests; click here to find out more. As we gain more information about each contest, the list will be updated.
Policy for Changes and Cancellations
TCEA accepts American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and school purchase orders (POs) for payment. Purchase orders must include the following information: registrants’ names, a breakdown of coverage, a dollar amount for each item, and a total amount the purchase order.
Payment or purchase order must be received for your game materials (i.e. game pieces and mats) to ship.
Payment or purchase order must be received by the date of the contest, or your team(s) will not be able to participate.
Cancellations must be made in writing via email to [email protected] no later than five days before the contest. Cancellations received by the deadline will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after the deadline, but before the contest, will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation fee, per team. After the event has taken place, no refunds will be given.
If you registered with a purchase order, your purchase order will be charged the cancellation fee. Refunds will be processed after the event has taken place.
Changes to Registration
Changes in registration may only be made via email to [email protected]. The email must include the sponsor’s name and a list of items to be changed. A confirmation email will be sent to the registrant once changes are made.
Regardless of the situation, it is the responsibility of the individual registrant to pay any balance that was not paid for by the employer, including cancellation charges.
Send registration payments and :
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 512 476 8574
P.O. Box 18507
Austin, Texas 78760
Physical Address (for overnight payments)
3100 Alvin Devane
Austin, Texas 78741