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Compete on the world stage.

In the VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play with other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. 

Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamworkleadershipcommunications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April!

  • Elementary / primary to middle / secondary school
  • More than 8,500 teams from 45 countries playing in over 900 tournaments
  • Local, regional, national, and world competitions
  • Teamwork Challenge: Two teams working together to maximize their score
  • Robot Skills Challenge: One robot playing alone against the clock
  • STEM Research Project: Students use the scientific method to research and solve a challenge

The Game:

VEX IQ Challenge Pitching In is played on a 6’ x 8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.

Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

The Details:

The scoring objects in VEX IQ Challenge Pitching In are 3” (7.62 cm) diameter Balls. There are a total of (22) Balls on the field. The object of the game is to score as many points as possible with your alliance partner by scoring Balls in Goals, clearing Corrals and Hanging at the end of the Match.


Each Ball Scored inside the Low Goal2 Points
Each Ball Scored inside the High Goal6 Points
Each Cleared Corral5 Points
Each Low Hanging Robot6 Points
Each High Hanging Robot10 Points

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The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. 

In addition to operating and supporting competitions for some of the world’s leading robotics platforms and organizations, including VEX, TSA, and BEST Robotics, the foundation also provides program support and 

workshops focused on technology and professional development for educators. The REC Foundation is a US-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

For more information, visit the REC Foundation website at