VEX Robotics Competition


NASSP 2017-18

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 18,000 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 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.

NOTE: Student eligibility requirements are explained on page 10 of this season’s VRC Game Manual in the definition of the term “Student”.

In The Zone Field


VEX Robotics Competition In the Zone 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 Stacking Cones on Goals, by Scoring Mobile Goals in Goal Zones, by having the Highest Stacks, and by Parking Robots.

Register a Team Find Events Official App VRC Competition History

VEX Forum Official In the Zone Game Manual VRC In the Zone Manual Appendices

Team Resources Design Notebook Important Dates


  • September 13 – Online Challenges open for submissions (9 a.m. Central).
  • 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 1, 2018 – All Skills Challenge qualifying events must be posted and open for registration.
  • January 10 – Online Challenges close (1 p.m. Central).
  • January 12 – Online Challenges voting open (1 p.m. Central).
  • January 22 – Online Challenges voting close (1 p.m. Central).
  • February 1– Deadline for qualified teams to register and pay for VEX Worlds within their three-week window.
  • February 1 – Teams that qualify on or after February 1, 2018 , will have one week to register and pay by credit card, check or PO.
  • February 19 – Online Challenges Finalists announced (1 p.m. Central).
  • March 5 – Online Challenges Winners announced (9 a.m. Central).
  • March 11 – Last date an event qualifies teams for the worldwide top teams in Skills.
  • March 11 – Last date to hold a VEX Worlds Qualifying event.
  • March 12 – VEX Worlds invitations extended to top Robot and Programming Skills teams.
  • April 25-28 – VRC portion of the VEX Robotics World Championship held in Louisville, Kentucky.