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VEX Robotics and COVID-19

The VEX Robotics World Championship has been canceled. Click here to read the official announcement from the REC Foundation. If you have any questions about VEX Worlds or other competition events, please contact customerservice@roboticseducation.org.

In accordance with the Ontario Government, our Canadian office and warehouse will be closed until Wednesday April 8th, due to COVID-19. Orders will resume shipping upon our return. Please feel free to email us at casales@vex.com if you have any questions.

Thank you for your understanding during this difficult period. All the best and stay safe.

VEX Robotics and COVID-19

The VEX Robotics World Championship has been canceled. Click here to read the official announcement from the REC Foundation. If you have any questions about VEX Worlds or other competition events, please contact customerservice@roboticseducation.org.

To best serve our customers, any freight orders will require manual confirmation in advance that you are still able to receive shipments.

If you have any questions or require special considerations, such as changing a shipping address on an existing order, please don't hesitate to contact eusales@vex.com or 00 44 1925 251038.

VEX Robotics and COVID-19

The VEX Robotics World Championship has been canceled. Click here to read the official announcement from the REC Foundation. If you have any questions about VEX Worlds or other competition events, please contact customerservice@roboticseducation.org.

To best serve our customers, any freight orders will require manual confirmation in advance that you are still able to receive shipments.

If you have any questions or require special considerations, such as changing a shipping address on an existing order, please don't hesitate to contact eusales@vex.com or 00 44 1925 251038.

VEX Robotics and COVID-19

The VEX Robotics World Championship has been canceled. Click here to read the official announcement from the REC Foundation. If you have any questions about VEX Worlds or other competition events, please contact customerservice@roboticseducation.org.

To best serve our customers, any freight orders will require manual confirmation in advance that you are still able to receive shipments.

If you have any questions or require special considerations, such as changing a shipping address on an existing order, please don't hesitate to contact auinfo@vex.com or 61 08 8326 5500.

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Drivetrains

VEX IQ Curriculum - Mechanisms


Drivetrains (Grades 4-8)

Mobile and Competition robots will vary greatly depending on the tasks they are designed for. However, one thing common among them is that they usually have some method for moving. The robotic subsystem that provides the ability to move is often known as a Drivetrain. Drivetrains may come in many different forms – two examples are wheels or treads (like a tank). The wheeled, rolling drivetrain is the most common one found in competition robotics and one of the most popular in the entire industry.


Drivetrain Design

The most basic, multi-functional competition robot Drivetrain design consists of:


  • A rectangular Chassis (the structure of a mobile robot that holds wheels, motors, and/or any other hardware used to make up a Drivetrain)
  • Two Motors
  • Four Wheels
  • Gears transmitting Power from the Motors to all Wheels

The Clawbot IQ Standard Drive Base is one example that you can build. However, Drivetrains can come in all shapes and sizes - some don’t provide power to all wheels, use different types of wheels, or are not even a rectangular shape! Whatever the details of your Drivetrain, you should always be aware of a property known as Turning Scrub.


Turning Scrub is the friction that resists turning. This friction is created from the wheels dragging sideways on the ground as a robot (or other mobile vehicle) turns. The greater the Turning Scrub in a Drivetrain, the harder it is for a robot to turn. Turning Scrub in a basic Drivetrain can be easily managed and minimized in two ways:


1. Make sure that the Wheelbase (distance between Drivetrain wheels) is wider (side-to-side) than it is long (front-to-back):


VEX IQ Turning Scrub


2. Use different wheel and/or tire types to reduce the friction of Turning Scrub:

VEX IQ Turning Scrub