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Why VEX IQ?

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A STEM Revolution

VEX IQ is a snap-together robotics system designed to offer young students a rich and exciting introduction to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The system encourages teamwork, problem solving, and leadership for students as young as second grade, expanding to challenge students through eighth grade!

  • All plastic, snap-together parts, and completely tool-less
  • Ever expanding product line provides limitless potential for growth
  • Captures the minds of young students, giving them a curiosity about
    STEM and robots in general
 

Education

Preparing Tomorrow's Engineers, Today

VEX IQ serves as a great tool to expose young students to STEM education. Our affordable starter kits and bundles engage students and teachers by creating a fun, teamwork-driven environment.

  • Industry-leading curriculum options available from Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Robomatter provide concrete, contextualized lessons that seamlessly integrate grade level mathematics, programming and engineering activities for students.
  • The free project-based VEX IQ Curriculum allows students to learn the basics of building a robot, while also learning other STEM applications. Without even realizing it, students will begin to instinctively apply these lessons to their robots as they advance through the program
  • Serves as a great springboard into the VEX EDR platform as students grow older. The fundamentals apply to both programs, so the lessons learned while participating in VEX IQ continue to be relevant in VEX EDR and beyond
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Guides

Make Learning Fun Again

There are thousands of teachers worldwide who want to start a robotics class or after-school program at their school, but lack the expertise to teach it. VEX IQ offers a full 12 unit curriculum spanning an entire semester, as a no-cost part of our offerings.

  • The VEX IQ Robotics Education Guide and Teacher’s supplement includes an entire semester’s worth of hands-on activities, instructions, assessments, and rubrics for students. For each unit there is an education standards map, lesson plans complete with materials lists and time constraints, answer keys, and a notes page
  • The VEX IQ Robotics Camp Handbook enables you to hold a robotics camp regardless of your experience level. This handbook gives educators, competition teams, and community volunteers the in-depth training materials and other resources they need to provide a great robotics experience for students of all ages
 

Creation

If You Can Envision It, You Can Build It

VEX IQ products are built as part of a comprehensive construction system to ensure seamless integration. With such a wide number of parts available, there are nearly limitless amounts of ways to accomplish the same task. It just works!

  • VEX IQ parts come in multiple colors, which allow for an extreme amount of personalization
  • Simple snap-together pieces allows for rapid designing and iteration. Build it, test it, tweak it!
  • Out of ideas? There are multiple pre-designed robot build instructions available for free download from the VEX IQ website
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SnapCAD

SnapCAD is a community-built solution for designing virtual VEX IQ models and creating their printable, shareable instructions. Use SnapCAD to test out a novel idea in the virtual world before building it physically, or to share your creations with the world in the form of step-by-step build instructions! Click here to download.

  • SnapCAD is a FREE download and available to anyone with a PC running Windows 95 or newer
  • Students can use SnapCAD to learn the fundamentals of computer-aided design (CAD) and create new VEX IQ robots! Students can even install it on their home computers and bring their models into class the next day
 

Technology

A Kit for Every Need

From a young child just beginning to show interest in robotics, to a veteran teacher who wants to start an after-school robotics club, we’ve got you covered. VEX IQ offers multiple kits and bundles fitted for a variety of needs. The smallest kit teaches a small group or individual how to build their first robot, while our flagship bundle can outfit an entire classroom (includes 12 robots and a full set of game objects)!

  • VEX recommends 2 students per kit. With 12 Super Kits included, a single Classroom Bundle can outfit a class of up to 24 students
  • Each kit includes a set of graphical build instructions that serve as a step-by-step guide for students building their first robot
  • Not JUST for educators, VEX IQ kits and bundles are the perfect way for hobbyists to get started with robotics
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Parts

Drive Out of the Box

VEX IQ electronics are just "smart." All VEX IQ Smart Motors have a built-in processor, quadrature encoder and current monitor that allow for advanced control and feedback through the Robot Brain. Also, all VEX IQ electronics come with pre-installed drive code, allowing students to drive their robots as soon as they're built! This gives beginners a chance to get excited about their creation before they jump into programming.

  • The VEX IQ Robot Brain features 12 Smart Ports, allowing for a wide variety of drive and sensor customization
  • The VEX IQ Controller provides a video game style controller, which is familiar to students and allows for intuitive robot control
  • VEX IQ Smart Radios allow for wireless programming of robots, interaction with robots using smartphones or tablets running Bluetooth ® 4.0 or higher

Programming

The VEX IQ Robot Brain allows for both autonomous and driver control of robots. If you or your students are new to coding, use either ROBOTC Graphical or Modkit as a great stepping stone to learn programming, included in ALL VEX kits!

  • Modkit for VEX is a graphical programming environment developed specifically for VEX IQ. Based on research from the Scratch project at the MIT Media Lab, Modkit for VEX is built around snap-together blocks which make programming truly accessible and fun for all ages and skill levels
  • ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 4.x allows users to learn key skills that easily transition to the real world, by teaching industry standard C-Programming languages used by professional engineers and computer scientists
 

Competition

Competition Unlike Any Other

The VEX IQ Challenge serves as a great introduction to competition for younger students. Each year, students solve an engineering challenge presented in the form of a game. In the 2015-2016 season, over 4,000 teams from more than 15 nations participated in the VEX IQ Challenge. The competition season begins in early June, and ends at VEX Worlds the following April.

  • More than 100 official competitions offered worldwide. Allows students to compete against their peers, and learn valuable life-lessons
  • Registration for a VEX IQ Challenge team costs $100. Additional teams from the same schools can also register for $50 each. Tournament entry fees vary by event, but on average cost $25-$50 per team
 

Explore

Check out the VEX IQ Explore page to take your experience to the next level with additional builds, helpful downloads, and more!

Support

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