The ultimate stem activity

Each year is a new project, a true engineering challenge in the form of a game for the robots to play. Students need to research, design, build and program a robot to compete directly, and indirectly against others. Bringing together a mix of academic skills with the opportunity to compete at local, regional, national and international events.

In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.

The vex iq challenge

VEX IQ Challenge – Ringmaster is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field configured as seen below. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points. Teams also compete in two additional challenges; The Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible under driver control; The Programming Skills Challenge where one robot scores as many points as possible autonomously, without any driver input.

The object of the game is to collect coloured rings from on the field and score in zones or hang from posts. Additional points are scored for releasing additional rings from the bonus tray.

Full details can be found on the VEX IQ Challenge website


vex robotics competition

VEX Robotics Competition In The Zone is played on a 12’ x 12’ square field configured as seen below. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen second autonomous period followed by one minute and forty-five seconds of driver-controlled play.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by stacking cones on goals. Some goals are mobile and moving stacked cones into scoring zones can give more points. Teams also receive bonus points for parking robots at the end of the match.

Full details can be found on the VEX Robotics Competition website.



In The Zone