VEX Coach Bootcamp at Fairmont State University

Sponsored by NASA IV&V and the REC Foundation


In this multi-day residential bootcamp, sponsored by Fairmont State University and the REC Foundation, educators will learn everything they need to know to coach a VEX Robotics Competition or VEX IQ Challenge team in their school or community.

Participants will receive instruction from educational robotics experts from the NASA IV&V Education Resource Center, including mechanical design, robot programming, competition rules & structure, engineering documentation, and season planning.

No previous experience in robotics or coaching is required!


Anyone interested in coaching a new VIQC or VRC team (in West Virginia or elsewhere) may attend.

Teachers from eligible West Virginia schools who participate will additionally receive a free robot kit for use by their new team (subject to certain conditions — see below).


VEX IQ Challenge (Elementary & Middle school) – July 12-13, 2021

VEX Robotics Competition (Middle & High school) – July 14-16, 2021


The bootcamp will be held on the campus of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV. Participants will be provided with on-campus accommodations and meals.


The cost for each session of the camp is:

  • VEX IQ Challenge: $140
  • VEX Robotics Competition: $210

This cost is inclusive of lodging, meals, instruction, and use of equipment for the camp.


The VEX Robotics Competition & VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, are two of the world’s largest robotics competitions, with over 24,000 registered teams in the 2019-2020 seasons.

In both VRC and VIQC, teams of students design, build, program, and document robots to play the current season’s robot game. At tournaments, teams will collaborate with and compete against other teams to score as many points as possible, compete in the skills challenge to score as many points as possible on their own, and participate in interviews with STEM professionals to judge the quality of their documentation and engineering process.

Teams compete in local qualifying events, which advance teams to state/regional championships. The West Virginia state championships are run annually at Fairmont State University. A select number of teams from these events are then invited to represent their region at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, TX!

For more information about VRC and VIQC, consult the REC Foundation website:


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Participants who receive scholarships or equipment grants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a teacher in a WVSSAC-affiliated high school, or an elementary/middle school feeding into a WVSSAC-affiliated high school, without an existing robotics team.
  • Commit to starting a VRC (high school) or VIQC (elementary/middle school) team using the provided equipment in the 2021-22 season.
  • In addition to normal VRC play, high school teams should also expect to participate in the WVSSAC Varsity Robotics State Championship in April 2022.