The 2017/2018 Game:
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.
The 2017/2018 Details:
There are eighty (80) cones that can be stacked on ten (10) goals [5 per alliance] during a match. Some cones begin in designated locations on the field, while others are available to be entered into the field during the match.
Each robot (smaller than 18”x18”x18”) begins a match on one of their alliance starting tiles. Each alliance has three zones in which they can place their goals. Alliances earn points for stacking cones on goals, scoring mobile goals in goal zones, having the highest stacks, and by parking robots. A bonus is awarded to the alliance that has the most total points at the end of the autonomous period.
VEX IQ kit (elementary & middle school)
VEX EDR kit (middle & high school)
There are competitions throughout the year, and schedules will vary throughout the state. Visit https://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition?... for a complete listing. Students typically meet once per week to practice in the weeks and months leading up to competition.
The costs depend on whether or not you have to purchase a vex robot kit. If you don't have a kit, the start up costs can be costly but are still relatively inexpensive compared to other robotics competitions. If you already have your robot kit(s), then the costs are significantly lower since you will only incur expenses for parts and registration fees.
Team sizes are flexible.
Students can win trophies and/or certificates for their accomplishments in several categories.