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Programming Software


Programming is the process of creating a sequence of instructions that tell a computational device, such as the microcontroller on a VEX robot, how to perform a task. VEX ARM® Cortex®-based Microcontrollers are pre-programmed with Default Code that allows you a simple way to get started without writing and downloading code. However, more complex robot configurations and behavior are possible through programming.

There are several options for creating and downloading programs to your VEX robot, such as ROBOTC for VEX Robotics. Using ROBOTC Graphical Mode you can drag and drop blocks of code from the “Graphical Functions” menu to create a program even faster.

To utilize the VEX EDR robots without Autonomous Programming or robot sensors, there is no extra software required. The system works fine "out of the box" for general robot operation. Minor changes to robot functionality (e.g. joystick scaling, motor reversals) can still be made by placing jumpers in certain ports of the digital I/O.

Autonomous Code:

Autonomous code allows a robot to perform behaviors without input from the radio control transmitter. The
robot follow pre-programmed routines responding only to sensor inputs.

Radio Control Code:

Radio control code allows you to configure the way in which the radio control transmitter controls the robot, allowing a human operator to provide input to the robot.

Mixed Autonomous and Radio Control Code:

Autonomous code can be integrated with radio control code to achieve even better robot performance for complex tasks.

Curriculum Options that utilize Programming Software

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ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.x (Cortex & VEX IQ) (3 choices)

ROBOTC users learn key skills that easily transition to the real world, industry standard C-Programming languages that are used by professional engineers and computer scientists. ROBOTC also has a similar look and feel as the programming environments used by professionals, but includes many useful tools that help beginner programmers to get up and running as quickly as possible.

  • Uses the industry standard C-programming language with extensions and features added for robotics.
  • Overhauled “Natural Language” mode to allow beginner programmers to use simplified commands such as “Forward”, “LineTrack”, and a “Repeat” loop.
  • Over 200 Sample Programs with extensive documentation, enabling students to begin programming immediately.
  • Free webinars, video tutorials, community forums, detailed help files, and curriculum provided by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy.

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Programming Hardware Kit

This kit provides a connection between your PC and a VEX Microcontroller.  It is required to program the VEX PIC Microcontroller or for advanced programming options with the VEX ARM® Cortex®-based Microcontroller

  • (1) Programming Module
  • (1) USB A-A Cable 6 ft.
  • (1) RJ14 6-pin cable 3 ft.

P/N: 276-2186
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easyC V4 for Cortex

easyC® robotic programming software features a user-friendly drag-and-drop programming interface, an integrated compiler, and free tutorials and sample files.

For more information on programming with easyC visit


Flowol allows students of all ages to develop logical reasoning and problem solving talents, develop programming skills and explore the world of automatic, autonomous systems and robots.

For more information on programming with Flowol visit

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