VEX Robotics Competition


The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 16,000 teams from 40 countries playing in over 1,350 competitions worldwide. Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round in a variety of matches.

In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management, and critical thinking. The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers.






VEX Robotics Competition Starstruck is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen second autonomous period followed by one minute and forty-five seconds of driver-controlled play.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring your Stars and Cubes in your Zones and by Hanging Robots on your Hanging Bar.

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  • September 7 – Online Challenges open for entries.
  • November 1 – All official VEX Robotics Competition events are posted and open for registration.
  • December 31 – Last day to register and pay for teams to qualify for VEX Worlds Bonus Spots.
  • January 11, 2017 – Online Challenges submission system closes (last day to post entries).
  • January 16 – Public voting for Online Challenges opens.
  • January 27 – Public voting for Online Challenges closes.
  • February 1 – Deadline for qualified teams to register and pay for VEX Worlds within their three-week window.
  • February 2 – Teams qualified for VEX Worlds have one week to register to and pay.
  • February 2 – VEX Worlds Awards Submission and Interview Request pages open.
  • February 17 – Finalists for the Online Challenges Announced.
  • February 26 – Last dates for State/Regional Championship qualifying events.
  • March 13 – Last date an event qualifies teams for the worldwide top teams in Skills.
  • March 3 – Winners of the Online Challenges announced.
  • March 13 – Last date an event qualifies teams for the worldwide top teams in Skills.
  • March 15 – VEX Worlds invitations extended to top Robot and Programming Skills teams.
  • March 16 – All teams qualified for VEX Worlds must be registered and paid.
  • April 19-25 – VEX Worlds is held in Louisville, Kentucky. VEX Robotics Competition dates are April 19-22.