VEX

VEX Robotics

VEX organizes robotics competitions and is also a branded robotics building platform that has solutions across all age groups.  They partner with PLTW Engineering Curriculum to have a robotics unit within the Principles of Engineering class.  Robots competing within the challenges can only use VEX robot parts.  VEX Robotics Competition is the largest of it’s kind in the world.

VEX IQ Challenge

For Elementary and Middle School

“Youth participants join together to form teams and use powerful, engaging tools to explore exciting challenges that enhance their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”  There’s no limit to the number of members on a team but it’s usually 5-10 students.  To compete, a team needs to have at least two student drivers.  The challenge consists of three 60 second robotics challenges, and a STEM research project:

  • Teamwork Challenge: Two-team alliance works together using Driver Controlled Robots to score points.
  • Robot Skills Challenge: A single team uses a Driver Controlled Robot to score points.
  • Programming Skills Challenge: A single team uses Autonomous Robot Programming to score points. (Robots are programmed in C)
  • STEM Research Project: Share research on a STEM theme and its application to robotics.

Standards-aligned curriculum

Estimated costs (Minimum start-up cost for one first year team approximately $800):

Team registration fees are $100 for first team and $50 for each additional team. Plus event registration $25-50 per team.

Robot kits and game fields: Super Kit plus Competition Add-on $400. Game field for team practice is $200 plus game elements (the field statys the same each year while the game elements may change). All VEX robotics parts can be used the following year.

Competition Season:

May: Initial challenge video released

August: Game manual released

August/September onward: Build season

November - February: League and Qualifying Tournaments

March: State Championships -- Gold and Platinum divisions.

April: World Championship

Starting a Team

VEX Robotics Competition

For Middle and High School

“Youth participate in the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) as part of a team working towards the goal of building a robot to compete in the current year’s challenge and the Online Challenges. The teams are usually advised by a teacher, parent, industry volunteer, or college student.”  The game challenge changes each year but overall it consists of a 15 second autonomous period (Robots are programmed in C) followed by a 1 minute 45 second driver controlled period.  A large part of the competition also centers around the engineering design process and an engineering notebook.

Standards-aligned curriculum

Estimated costs (Minimum start-up cost for one first year team approximately $1000):

Team registration fees are $100 for first team and $50 for each additional team. Plus event registration $25-50 per team.

A Classroom and Competition Kit starts at $849 and a Super Kit is $1,049.  One kit is recommended for 2-6 students. All VEX robotics parts can be used the following year.

Competition Season:

May: Initial challenge video released

August: Game manual released

August/September onward: Build season

November - February: League and Qualifying Tournaments

March: State Championships -- Gold and Platinum divisions.

April: World Championship

Starting a Team

VRC Coach information

Team Grants through the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation