Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (REC Foundation)

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increasestudent interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, andmathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on sustainable and affordablecurriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. andinternationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education,higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achievethis goal.

VEX IQ Challenge

The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the RoboticsEducation & Competition Foundation, provides elementary and middle schoolstudents with exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challengesthat enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)skills through hands-on, student-centered learning

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2022-2023 VEX IQ Challenge Game: Slapshot

VEX IQ Challenge Slapshot is played on a 6' x 8' 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.

VEX Robotics Competition (VRC)

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.

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VEX AI Competition

The VEX AI Competition for high school and university-level students pushes the boundaries of robotics competitions. Each team brings two robots that they design and build to work as a team. Teams can 3D print and machine parts. Teams can use custom electronics, and there are no motor quantity limits. This game will be open to High School students and College students alike. Team registration will include the hardware needed for that year’s competition to run VEX AI, VEX GPS, VEX LINK, and Sensor Fusion Map. Please email  with any questions.

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The VEX U college and university competition has more than 350 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.

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2022-2023 VRC, VEX AI, and VEX U Game: Spin Up

VEX Robotics Competition Spin Up is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. Two (2) Alliances – one (1) “red” and one (1) “blue” – composed of two (2) Teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period, followed by a one minute and forty-five second (1:45) Driver Controlled Period. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring Discs in Goals, Owning Rollers, and Covering field tiles at the end of the Match.

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Previous VEX Competitions

View information about previous VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics Competition / VEX U games at Robotics Education & Competition Foundation Competition History .

Additional Information

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Richard Craig, Event Engagement Manager

Meredith Hale, Team Engagement Manager

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