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In the VEX Competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at VEX Worlds each April!

The VEX IQ Challenge consists of the VEX IQ Challenge robot game and the optional STEM Research Project. The VEX IQ Challenge provides an opportunity for students, with the guidance of an adult mentor, to explore and solve exciting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) challenges.

Students develop valuable knowledge, skills, and experience and a tremendous sense of accomplishment in building a robot and developing a STEM research project to solve the VEX IQ Challenge.


Simple, Flexible, Powerful

  • Teams solve exciting robot challenges by driving a robot using a controller and pre-programming it using computer software. Teams work together to score points in Teamwork Matches and also show off their skills in individual Skills Challenges.
  • Snap-together game field can be assembled in minutes and re-used in all robot game challenges.
  • Toolless robot kit options
    starting at $249.99, with storage bin and tray included. Kits can be used for multiple seasons.
  • $100 for first team registration and only $50 for additional teams in same school or organization. No limit on the number of team members, so a whole classroom can be a team.
  • Teams may register to participate in multiple events for year-round learning and fun.
  • Free and affordable programming software options, including Modkit for VEX and ROBOTC for VEX Robotics, are easy to learn.
  • Using free computer-aided design (CAD) software, students can design virtual VEX IQ robots and create printable, shareable instructions for them.
  • Robotics Engineering Notebook documents the robot design process.

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