The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

The VEX IQ Challenge fosters student development of the teamwork, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to prepare them to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

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VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC)
  • Age:
    • Elementary: Grades 3-6
    • Middle School: Grades 7-8
  • Team Size:​ 2-4 young minds + coach
  • Hardware: VEX IQ
  • Programming Skills:
    • Scratch
    • C/C++
    • RobotC
  • Characteristics: ​
    • Remote Control + Autonomous

Age: 8-14 years old

VEX IQ Challenge 2021-2022

Pitching In

The Game:

VEX IQ Challenge Pitching In is played on a 6’ x 8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.

Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

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