What is VEX?


VEX is a robotics platform to enrich STEM and Robotics education for all ages, and provides the tools and resources needed to create a robot and program it. Their goal is to lead students towards STEM-related futures to meet the global demand. They offer kits along with instructions for starters, who may eventually build whatever they imagine!

What is VEX Robotics Competition?


VEX enhances their robotics platform by allowing robotics teams to join VEX competitions with a specific game every year. With over 10,000 teams in 32 countries, VEX Robotics Competition adds competitivity to robotics and STEM. With competitions in regional, provincial/state, and international categories, robot competitions could not get any more competitive.

The Game - In The Zone






Summary

VEX Robotics Competition "In the Zone" is played on a 12' x 12' 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.

Area Mobile Goal/Cone Stacked or Scored Points Given
Each Cone Stacked on a Goal 2 Points
A Mobile Goal Scored in the 5 Point Zone 5 Points
A Mobile Goal Scored in the 10 Point Zone 10 Points
A Mobile Goal Scored in the 20 Point Zone 20 Points
Having the Highest Stack in a Zone 5 Points
A Robot that is Parked at the end of the Match 2 Points
Alliance with the most points at the end of Autonomous 10 Points

There are eighty Cones that can be Stacked on ten 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" x 18" x 18") 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.

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(Summary courtesy of VEX Robotics Competition)