The VEX U college and university competition has nearly 300 teams competing in local tournaments and at VEX Worlds. Based on the VEX Robotics Competition, VEX U teams are allowed more customization and greater flexibility than other grade levels while providing the effective costs and real-world limitations of a restricted development environment. See more on why colleges get involved in the VEX U program.






VEX Robotics Competition Starstruck is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. Two teams — one “red” and one “blue” — compete in matches consisting of a 45-second autonomous period followed by 75 seconds of driver-controlled play.

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

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  • December 1 – Last date to post an official VEX U qualifying event.
  • December 31 – Last day to register and pay for teams to qualify for VEX Worlds Bonus Spots.
  • January 12, 2016 – All international teams must be registered and paid.January 15 – First date to hold a US Regional Qualifying Event
  • January 16 – International teams attending VEX Worlds must be registered or on the wait list.
  • 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 pay.
  • February 2 – VEX Worlds Awards Submission and Interview Request pages open.
  • March 13 – Last date an event qualifies teams for the worldwide top teams in Skills.
  • March 13 – Last date to hold a US Regional Qualifying Event.
  • March 15 – VEX Worlds invitations extended to top Robot and Programming Skills teams.
  • March 15 – Wait listed teams begin to receive invitations to attend VEX Worlds if space is available.
  • March 16 – All teams qualified for VEX Worlds must be registered and paid.
  • March 20 – Presubmitted awards for VEX Worlds must be entered on the VEX Worlds Awards page by11:59:59 p.m. Central Standard Time.
  • April 19-25 – VEX Worlds is held in Louisville, Kentucky. VEX U dates are April 19-22.