VEX IQ Challenge Teams

Youth participants join together to form teams and use powerful, engaging tools to explore exciting challenges that enhance their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The VEX IQ Challenge program is primarily designed for youth, ages 8 to 13, but any student in primary/elementary or middle school may participate.

  • Teams typically have 5-10 members, but there is no limit. We strongly recommend that a team have at least two members, in order to participate in the Teamwork Challenge.
  • Teams may be from schools, home school groups, other youth organizations, or even just a group of friends.
  • This How to Start and Organize a Team document guides you through the process of preparing students to participate in the VEX IQ Challenge.
  • This VEX IQ Challenge League Play document shares more ways your team can participate. You can even use our map search page to find other teams, events, and leagues in your area!

Support your team’s learning experience with free VEX IQ Curriculum.


Each year, the REC Foundation works with our community to create a set of challenges for the youth in the VEX IQ Challenge. You can learn all the details on our VEX IQ Current Challenge page. The VEX IQ Challenge consists of three 60-second robotics challenges and a STEM Research Project (link coming soon):

  • Teamwork Challenge: Two-team alliance works together using Driver Controlled Robots to score points.
  • Robot Skills Challenge: A single team uses a Driver Controlled Robot to score points.
  • Programming Skills Challenge: A single team uses Autonomous Robot Programming to score points.
  • STEM Research Project: Share research on a STEM theme (link coming soon) and its application to robotics.


  • Team Registration: It costs $100 to register the first team from a school or organization, and $50 for each additional team. Team leaders register their teams on the REC Foundation’s Robot Events website. You must register your team(s) before you can sign up for events.
  • Event Registration: The event registration fee is set by the local volunteer event partner, and is typically $25-$50 per team. Scrimmages are usually free of charge. Search for events on the map search site or on the Robot Events event list. When you find an event you would like to participate in, click on the link and sign up. You may register for multiple local/qualifying events.
  • VEX IQ Robot Kits: The Super Kit, with a Controller and 7 Sensors is affordably priced at $299.99. The Competition Add-On Kit is a great expansion bundle priced at $99.99. Visit the VEX IQ product website for more details on product offerings.
  • Game and Field Elements: In addition to building a robot, you may want a VEX IQ game field or official game elements. You can find all of these at the VEX Robotics website, with a full, portable 4′ x 8′ (1.2 x 2.4 meter) game field for $199.98 and game elements from $12.99 to $99.99 for the Full Field and Game Elements Kit.


The VEX and REC Foundation Online Challenges are a great way to get more students involved in STEM robotics activities. They reward students for building websites, creating promotional videos, learning about computer aided design, and several other STEM areas. The Online Challenges may also qualify teams for VEX Worlds and earn teams prizes of robotics hardware and software. Check it out!


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