VEX Robotics Competition
The VEX Robotics Competition allows students to design and build a robot from scratch to compete in regional, national and international events using the VEX V5 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 V5 System can also be used in the classroom during the day as well as in afterschool clubs with free curriculum (education.vex.com) and free programming (code.vex.com) software available to all. The 2020-2021 game, VEX Robotics Competition Change Up, is played on a 12’x12’ square field. 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 placing balls in goals and connecting rows – like a 3D version of robotics tic-tac-toe.
Online support is available in the VEX Forum and the VEX Knowledge Base (help.vex.com), from the UK-based Competition Support Manager (email@example.com) and from the existing community of students and teachers already involved.
Changes to the games have been made to allow competition to continue despite Covid-19. These include more online challenges, remote skills and remote competition events. Check out www.roboticseducation.org/covid for more information. VEX Robotics have also released support at covid.vex.com.
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, Silver or Gold (depending on the length of time they have worked on the project).To book this activity, please contact:
The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.
Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||05 September 2017|
|Last modified||10 March 2021|
|Nature of scheme||Project for students|
|Subject(s)||Computing, Design & Development, Cross curricular, Design and technology, Design skills, Electronics, programming and control, Engineering, Leadership, Mathematics, Personal development, Science, Physics, Practical work, Techniques and procedures|
|Age||7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19, FE/HE|
|Running times||Over 8 weeks|
This covers the VEX V5 Competition Starter Kit and Team Registration for a year. Additional products are available, but not required for competition.
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