VEX IQ Challenge


The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

NASSP 2017-18


The VEX IQ Challenge fosters student development of the teamwork, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to prepare them to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.


VEX IQ Challenge Next Level is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points. Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

The object of the game is to attain the highest score by scoring and stacking colored Hubs in Building Zones, removing Bonus Hubs from the Hanging Structure, and by Parking or Hanging on the Hanging Bar.

Team Resources Register a Team Design Notebook Code of Conduct

Official VEX IQ Challenge Next Level Game Manual VEX IQ Challenge Next Level Manual Appendices

STEM Research Project and Presentation Official VEX IQ Challenge Next Level Q&A

Find Events Important Dates

Official App VEX IQ Challenge Competition History VEX IQ Forum


September 13 Online Challenges open for submissions (9 a.m. Central).
October 1 All official VEX IQ Challenge events are posted and open for registration.
December 31 Last day to register and pay for teams to qualify for VEX Worlds Additional Spots.
January 15 Online Challenges close (1 p.m. Central).
January 17 Online Challenges voting open (1 p.m. Central).
January 25 Online Challenges voting close (1 p.m. Central).
February 1 Deadline for qualified teams to register for VEX Worlds within their three-week window.
February 1 Teams that qualify for VEX Worlds on or after February 1, will have one week to register.
February 22 Online Challenges Finalists announced (1 p.m. Central).
March 10 Last date to hold a VEX Worlds qualifying event.
March 10 Online Challenges Winners announced (9 a.m. Central).
March 15 Wait listed teams begin to receive invitations to attend VEX Worlds if space is available.
March 27 Deadline for payment to VEX Worlds.
April 28-30 VEX IQ Challenge portion of the VEX Robotics World Championship will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.