VRC Overview

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.


Visit RobotEvents.com to register a team and find an event near you. Local VRC events are held in many different cities, states, and countries. Events are held often and more are being added frequently. Teams register for the VRC and get their official VEX Team Identification Number and Team Welcome Kit from RobotEvents.com, then build robots and compete at events.


The Official Starstruck Summary (Coming Soon!) includes important Q&A entries with rule clarifications. This will be published as needed during the season. A version of this summary that will be updated live as questions are answered can be found in the VEX Forum.


Your first step is to find an event on RobotEvents.com. Take a look at the event’s description to find out when and where it is. Most VRC events are open to the public, and very few events charge admission to the public, but there may be parking or other charges imposed by the venue.

Most VRC events are held in school gymnasiums or common areas. You will see work tables, called “the pits,” for the teams, one or more 12×12 foot (3.6×3.6 meter) competition fields, a scoring table, Referees, field reset crews, and a variety of other volunteers. During a match, there will four robots competing, two on the Blue Alliance and two on the Red Alliance. The two blue robots will be trying to defeat the red robots in a sports-style game.

You can see the rules and video for the current game at VRC Current Game. There may also be robots competing in Programming and Robot Skills Challenges. Ask people around you if you do not know what is going on. Robotics people are the friendliest people in the world.