The VEX IQ Challenge (VEX Robotics)

VEX Robotics / Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

The VEX IQ Challenge allows students to design and build a robot from scratch to compete in regional, national and international events using the VEX IQ tool-less robotic platform. The actual challenge changes every year, but the same concepts remain so students and teams knowledge can grow with the programme.

The VEX IQ System can also be used in the classroom during the day as well as in afterschool clubs with free curriculum and free programming software available to all. The 2020-2021 game, VEX IQ Challenge Rise Above, is played on a 6’x8’ rectangular field. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points. Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

The object of the game is to score as many points as possible with your alliance partner by scoring Risers in Goals, completing Rows and completing Stacks - like a 3D version of robotics tic-tac-toe.  

Online support is available in the VEX Forum (, and the VEX Knowledge Base (, from the UK-based Competition Support Manager ( and from the existing community of students and teachers already involved.

Expected outcomes

By its nature, robotics brings together all four legs of STEM while the competitive environment increases motivation and desire to succeed. This allows knowledge and skill development to flourish without compromising either. It also increases interpersonal skills, teamwork, creativity, perseverance, problem solving and time management – all key skills looked for by industry.

Students can also apply for a CREST Award at Bronze or Silver (depending on the length of time they have worked on the project).

To book this activity, please contact:
Lyndsey Baron

6 Melford Court
Hardwick Grange
United Kingdom

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