VEX IQ Challenge

How to Choose Robotics Competition for Kids in 2023


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 robotics competition for kids between age 8 to 14 in US and Canada, VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC), FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and World Robot Olympiad (WRO). Let's dive right in. [...]

How to Choose Robotics Competition for Kids in 20232023-01-09T09:49:57-05:00

VEX IQ Hero Bot Fling building manual corrections


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 parts needed are ten 1:1 pins, but you need two 1:1 pins and eight 2:1 pins instead. Step 102: Parts list shows 1x2 Corner Connector but needs a 1x2 Offset Corner [...]

VEX IQ Hero Bot Fling building manual corrections2021-06-08T14:39:57-04:00

Team 839A Wins VEX Innovator Award at VEX Worlds 2021


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.

Team 839A Wins VEX Innovator Award at VEX Worlds 20212021-08-26T15:07:32-04:00

How to Change font to Cascadia in RobotC


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 font. Step 3. Change the font to Cascadia, or any font you like. Click OK to close dialog.

How to Change font to Cascadia in RobotC2021-01-31T14:21:17-05:00

VEX IQ Rise Above Live Remote Tournament MAX Score 306


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 format as well. LRT MAX Score The 839 Way To help all teams prepare for the Live Remote Tournament (LRT), team 839A prepared a video to demonstrate an efficient [...]

VEX IQ Rise Above Live Remote Tournament MAX Score 3062021-01-25T10:06:13-05:00

How to program VEX IQ precise turn with VEXcode blocks


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 Precise turn code snippet for VEXcode Blocks. Create a my block for turn. Robot will carry a momentum and continue turning even after the stop command has been sent, so [...]

How to program VEX IQ precise turn with VEXcode blocks2021-01-16T08:56:03-05:00

How to make VEX IQ robot drive straight with VEXcode blocks


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 human interaction. In the programming skills matches, beginner teams have always struggled with unreliable autonomous routine. I have heard the same lines over and over again This worked yesterday. It worked [...]

How to make VEX IQ robot drive straight with VEXcode blocks2021-01-16T16:49:13-05:00

Team 839A is the New VEX IQ World Record Holder


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, Ontario. Students on this team study engineering, design, and coding, competing in local competitions in Richmond Hill, Vaughan, and Toronto, as well as in international championships in the United States. The [...]

Team 839A is the New VEX IQ World Record Holder2021-01-13T15:52:43-05:00

VEX IQ Challenge “Make It Real” CAD Engineering Submission


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 IQ Challenge "Make It Real" CAD Engineering Challenge Sponsored by Autodesk® submission, details of the submission could be found here. Introduction Video CAD Render Video [...]

VEX IQ Challenge “Make It Real” CAD Engineering Submission2021-01-13T15:53:37-05:00
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