Each registered VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) and VEX IQ Competition (VIQC) team is provided a Mentor Key to access features of VEX Professional Development Plus (VEX PD+).
Why Should I Use Mentor PD+?
Community is the best resource a mentor can have. Access to Mentor PD+ offers the kind of support you can usually only get from a personal mentor! Engaging with a diverse community of educators and coaches is one of the best ways to grow.
Access to Mentor PD+ will help ensure you are never isolated from the support of like-minded professionals. With Mentor PD+, you a part of a community with other professionals like yourself--where there are no ads, and no kids.
What is Mentor PD+?
Mentor PD+ provides access to The Community, PD+ Video Library, and STEM Insights within PD+.
Community in Mentor PD+
The Community is a place for educators, coaches, and mentors to ask questions, share expertise, and work collaboratively to improve their competitive robotics programs.
Video Library in Mentor PD+
The PD+ Video Library includes dozens of professionally produced videos covering a variety of robotics and programming topics.
Preview "Building Your First Robot."
Preview an interview with educator Heidi Zeko.
Insights in Mentor PD+
PD+ Insights is a library of professional articles that will inspire and encourage your growth as an educator, mentor, and coach.
For example, in Strategies and Tips for Teaching Debugging, Audra Selkowitz discusses the importance of creating a positive classroom culture around debugging. She suggests rewarding students for finding bugs and offers suggestions for making it fun. This article is a tremendous tool to assist mentors by providing a step-by-step method for finding and fixing issues in student code.
In Robot Algebra: Authentic Applications of the Pythagorean Theorem, Lauren Harter uses her past experience as a high school and collegiate math teacher to demonstrate how to teach the Pythagorean Theorem with authentic applications. Mentors are given an amazing opportunity to leverage Lauren’s experience in teaching mathematical formulas through the use of robotics in an engaging and authentic way.
In Documenting Persistence, Aimee DeFoe addresses the importance of teaching persistence. She recounts her experience with a second grade class and how they learned to be persistent in the creation of a charitable project.
Insights offers a wide variety of articles that will encourage and inspire you to grow as an educator.
Accessing Mentor PD+
You must have a registered VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) or VEX IQ Competition (VIQC) team in order to access Mentor PD+.
Once you have a registered team, visit Accessing VEX Professional Development Plus for Mentors for instructions on how to access your Mentor PD+.
Introduce Yourself on PD+ Community
After completing registration, take a moment and introduce yourself to the PD+ community.
For Classroom Educators, Consider VEX PD+
VEX PD+ expands on the features available through Mentor PD+. Learn more at pd.vex.com.
- Connect with experts on STEM pedagogy
- Expert-led professional learning
- Webinars on evolving K-12 STEM topics
- Insightful articles about educational robotics and pedagogy
- Educator-shared Activities
- Workshops and Events
You can also try a free 3 day trial of VEX PD+!