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 20,000 registered teams in the 2021-22 season.
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, from which they can advance 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!
VRC teams from WV high schools also have the opportunity to participate in WVSSAC Robotics as a co-curricular activity officially sanctioned by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. WVSSAC Robotics teams play a version of the current VRC game with some modifications to the eligibility rules and tournament structure. The WVSSAC Roboicts season comprises after-school and weekend Meets held throughout the fall, winter, and spring, culminating in the WVSSAC Robotics State Championship in May, where a single high school will earn the title of WVSSAC State Champion.
For more information about VRC and VIQC, consult the REC Foundation website: