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


VEX Robotics Competition Turning Point 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 High Scoring or Low Scoring Caps, Toggling Flags, and by Alliance Parking or Center Parking Robots on the Platforms

Each Low Flag Toggled 1 Point
Each High Flag Toggled 2 Points
Each Cap Low Scored 1 Point
Each Cap High Scored 2 Points
Robot that is Alliance Parked 3 Points
Robot that is Center Parked 6 Points
Autonomous Bonus 4 Points

There are eight (8) Caps, six (6) Posts, nine (9) Flags, twenty (20) Balls, two (2) Alliance Platforms, and one (1) Center Platform.

Caps can be Low Scored on the field tiles, or High Scored on Posts, for the Alliance whose color is facing up at the end of the match. Flags can be Toggled to red or blue, and are Scored for the Alliance whose color is Toggled at the end of the match. Low Flags can be Toggled by Robots, but High Flags can only be Toggled by Balls. Turning Point is intended to be a back and forth game, no scored object is safe!

Alliance Platforms can be used for Alliance Parking by Robots of the same color Alliance as the Platform. The Center Platform can be used by Robots from either Alliance for Center Parking. An additional bonus is awarded to the Alliance that has the most total points at the end of the Autonomous Period.