VEX Robotics Competition

VEX Robotics / Rapid Education / Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

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 EDR 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 EDR 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 2017 - 2018 game, VEX Robotics Competition In the Zone, is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. 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, by Scoring Mobile Goals in Goal Zones, by having the Highest Stacks, and by Parking Robots

For more information on the curriculum visit and for more information on the software visit

Online support is available in the VEX Forum (, 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, Silver or Gold (depending on the length of time they have worked on the project).

To book this activity, please contact:
Bridie Gaynor
01925 251038

6 Melford Court
Hardwick Grange
United Kingdom

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Grants for school

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There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.

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