Learning how to build and program a robot can be a challenging process, but the educational opportunities of innovation, creativity, and perseverance are invaluable.
The Technology Student Association VEX IQ Challenge (VIQC, middle school) and the TSA VEX Robotics Competition (VRC, high school) enable members to challenge themselves in a fun and interactive game setting while engaging in a thought provoking, multidisciplinary, STEM activity. Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of an exciting game in which participants build innovative robots with guidance from their teachers and mentors.
Throughout the design process, participants activate critical thinking skills while exploring the relationship among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to produce a dynamic robotics product. The TSA VEX Robotics Competition offers a exhilarating platform to test a robot’s efficiency and productivity against other robots designed by their peers.
The format of the VEX TSA National Championship for the 2020-2021 competition season will be as follows:
For the virtual 2021 National TSA Conference, TSA/VEX participants will utilize robotics engineering design skills to create an electronic Engineering Notebook that will depicts the design process for a robot that is intended to play this year’s VRC (high school) or VIQC (middle school) challenge. Each team will also create a maximum three (3)-minute video explaining their design process and showing what they have prepared as part of their finished design. This could include demonstrating their robot playing the game, different functions of their robot (with or without game objects), or if the team does not have a physical robot, they could show drawings and/or models of their design. Not having a physical robot will not reduce the team’s potential score.
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for specifics regarding this year’s TSA/VEX National Championship competition specifics. The TSA/VEX National Championship is open to all TSA contestants for this competition season who register with both TSA and VEX, and will not be held as a State Advisor Approval event. A maximum of two (2) teams per chapters may participate.