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Students competing in the Teamwork Challenge

The VEX IQ Challenge

Each year, teams can design and build a robot to play against other teams in a game-based VEX IQ Challenge. The game changes each year. Click here for this year's current game and rules. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels leading to the VEX Robotics World Championship each April.

The VEX IQ Challenge is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field. Teams program their robots to move around the field and grab, toss, and place game pieces in scoring zones in order to earn the most points.

There are two types of challenges the teams will tackle. In the Robotic Skills Challenge, teams try to score as many points as possible with their robotic build in two types of matches. Driving Skills Matches are entirely driver controlled and Programming Skills Matches are autonomous with limited student interaction. The second type of challenge is the Teamwork Challenge, in which two robots compete in the challenge as an alliance in 60 second long matches, working together to score the most points.

VEX Competitions give students the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate their driving and programming skills.

  • Work together as a team to solve problems.

  • Meet new people from their community, state, and even other countries.

  • Have fun!