VEX U is a variant of the VEX Robotics Competition for college-aged students. VEX U uses the same gameplay and scoring rules as VRC. However, instead of building a single robot and working together with another team, VEX U teams build two or more complimentary robots, which allows VEX U robots to work together and complement each other's capabilities more closely. In addition, VEX U robots can be built using a much wider array of materials and construction techniques than in VRC, which allows university teams to embrace advanced manufacturing and design robots with more functionality packed into a smaller volume. VEX U also puts a greater emphasis on robot sensing and autonomous operation, with the autonomous period lengthened from 15 seconds to 45 seconds, and the driver-controlled period shortened accordingly to 75 seconds.
Current Game: Tipping Point
VEX U teams use the same gameplay and scoring rules as the VEX Robotics Competition. The VEX U Tipping Point field comprises 72 rings, 7 mobile goals, and two platforms. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by scoring rings in or on mobile goals, moving mobile goals to your alliance's designated zone, and by balancing robots and/or mobile goals on the platform at the end of the match.
The WV Robotics Alliance supports VEX U teams at universities across West Virginia with training and mentorship. In addition, the WV Robotics Alliance coordinates the West Virginia VEX U Qualifier, which is held in early March at the Fairmont State University Falcon Center. The WV VEX U Qualifier draws teams from across the eastern US and is consistently one of the world's largest VEX U events.
VEX U is presented by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, a US-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. The REC Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.
For more information about VEX U or to register a team, visit the REC Foundation website: