502, 2024

The Five Pillars of Success in VEX Robotics: Building, Coding, Driving, Strategizing, and Communication

By |February 5th, 2024|Categories: Robotics|

Introduction In the dynamic world of VEX Robotics, success hinges on more than just the ability to design a robot. It's a multifaceted endeavor that requires a blend of skills, teamwork, and strategic thinking. The five pillars of Building, Coding, Driving, Strategizing, and Communication form the foundation of a successful team. Each element plays a crucial role, and when harmonized, they can lead to remarkable achievements in competitions and [...]

801, 2023

How to Choose Robotics Competition for Kids in 2023

By |January 8th, 2023|Categories: Robotics, VEX IQ|Tags: , |

VEX IQ Competition (VIQC) vs. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) vs. World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Are you a teacher or coach who would like to start a robotics team? Are you a parent who would like to put your kids in a robotics program? There are quite a few very popular robotics competitions in US and Canada, which one should you consider? This is complete comparison between 3 very popular [...]

806, 2021

IKEA Hacks: Elevate VEX IQ field with IKEA LACK

By |June 8th, 2021|Categories: Robotics|

There are several building instructions for building an elevated field. However, for parents or teams without 'building' skills, IKEA hacks might be an easier solution. Diagram is shown below, blue solid line represents the VEX IQ 6'x8' field, dotted lines represent the title seams. Notice, there are 2 small gaps around the LACK 90X26, each of them are 90cmX4.5cm. Because the gaps are not on title seams, it shouldn't [...]

706, 2021

VEX IQ Hero Bot Fling building manual corrections

By |June 7th, 2021|Categories: Robotics, VEX IQ|Tags: , |

Once again, VEX has published the Hero Bot for the season Pitching In. However, there are some building errors in the manual. Below are the corrections for the original building manual VEX has published. Corrections Step 22 and 29: Show using a 1.5 pitch standoff. These are not included in the SuperKit itself, but a 1 pitch standoff should work fine. Incorrect: Correct: Steps 64-67 Shows [...]

2905, 2021

Team 839A Wins VEX Innovator Award at VEX Worlds 2021

By |May 29th, 2021|Categories: Robotics, Team 839, VEX IQ|Tags: , |

Our VEX IQ Team 839A joins legendary team VEXU team AURA of Auckland, New Zealand, VRC 169 of Pennsylvania, USA, VRC team 44 Green Egg Robotics of Massachusetts, USA to be 2021's VEX Innovators. VEX Innovator award is awarded to teams that go above and beyond to solve problems creatively, spread positivity, and display excellent sportsmanship. Here is our interview video clip from VEX Worlds 2021. [...]

2302, 2021

Sharing Our VEX IQ Story – A Parent’s Perspective (Guest Post by Oscar L.)

By |February 23rd, 2021|Categories: Team 839|Tags: , |

This post is part of an ongoing series of posts from parents.  We are so excited to be sharing some thoughts and stories from some parents who are deep in trenches of their child's robotics journey. My name is Oscar. This is the story about how my son, Tyler, discovered his passion for robotics, specifically VEX IQ, and what we have learned along the way. Origin Story: Tyler [...]

702, 2021

Caution Tape Classic VEX IQ Tournament Announce Winners

By |February 7th, 2021|Categories: Robotics|Tags: |

Markham, ON - February 6, 20201 - Today, Caution Tape Robotics invited 26 teams around the globe to attend first Caution Tape Classic VEX IQ Tournament hosted virtually. Caution Tape Classic is a virtual worldwide event with 26 elementary and middle school teams from several different states, 5 different countries, and 3 different continents (Asia, Europe, and North America). Since 2019, the teams in attendance have amassed 1 World [...]

502, 2021

CTRC to Host 1st VEX IQ Remote Skills Tournament – Caution Tape Classic

By |February 5th, 2021|Categories: Robotics|Tags: |

On Feb 6, 2021, Caution Tape Robotics Club will host a VEX IQ live remote skills tournament featuring teams from 3 continents (America, Europe and Asia), 5 countries (U.S., Canada, Finland, Singapore and Philippines). Event could be watched live at Caution Tape Robotics Club YouTube channel. Teams notable awards received since 2018 VEX Worlds Excellence Award x 1 VEX Worlds Division Champion x 1 State/Provincial/National Excellence Award x [...]

3101, 2021

How to Change font to Cascadia in RobotC

By |January 31st, 2021|Categories: VEX IQ, Robotics|Tags: , |

RobotC's default font is Courier New, which is very hard to read. Microsoft has the new recommended font called Cascadia for coding purpose. Let's quickly see how to change it in RobotC. Figure 1. Screenshot of RobotC with font Cascadia. Step 1. Click View > Preferences > Detailed Preferences, or simply Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D Step 2. Click Editor tab, then fonts tab, click the textboox says normal text to change default [...]

2401, 2021

VEX IQ Rise Above Live Remote Tournament MAX Score 306

By |January 24th, 2021|Categories: Team 839, Robotics, VEX IQ|Tags: , , , |

REC Foundation just announced that VEX World Championship 2021 will be held remote for the first time ever. We appreciate what REC Foundation has done for the students during the difficult time. Live Remote Tournament is an innovative way of having students to be able to compete with each other while keeping everybody healthy and safe. We would anticipate many state and provincial championship will be held with this [...]

1501, 2021

How to program VEX IQ precise turn with VEXcode blocks

By |January 15th, 2021|Categories: VEX IQ, Robotics, Scratch|Tags: , , , |

In part one drive straight with proportional control of the mini series on how to make reliable programming skills in VEX IQ Challenge. If you haven't read that post yet, I recommend doing that and then coming back to this post. We will do a square test at the end of this post, which uses the drive straight my block from part one. 839 coding tutorial [...]

1501, 2021

How to make VEX IQ robot drive straight with VEXcode blocks

By |January 15th, 2021|Categories: VEX IQ, Robotics, Scratch|Tags: , , , |

Mini Series - How to make a reliable VEX IQ programming skills with VEXcode blocks This is the part 1 of the mini series. Drive straight with proportional control Precise turn with VEX IQ gyro Robot skills challenge in VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC) consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited [...]

2112, 2020

Team 839A is the New VEX IQ World Record Holder

By |December 21st, 2020|Categories: VEX IQ, Robotics, Team 839|Tags: , , |

VEX IQ Team 839A 2020 December Robot Reveal Presenting the latest edition of our world record holding robot in VEX IQ middle school world skills  standings leaderboard - Moon Walker. Our current official scores are Programming - 141 Driver - 210 Total - 351 Enjoy the reveal! About VEX IQ Team 839A Team 839A is a VEX IQ Robotics team from Markham, [...]

812, 2020

VEX IQ Challenge “Make It Real” CAD Engineering Submission

By |December 8th, 2020|Categories: VEX IQ, Robotics, Team 839|

Planetary Ring Gear with Outer Teeth Our VEX IQ Team 839A designed a swerve drive for VEX IQ but the motor wires would get twisted when it turned. To solve this problem, they designed a new ring gear that allows the swerve drive module to be able to do infinite spin and the motor wires are not twisted. This is part of the VEX 2020-2021 online challenge VEX [...]


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