About the Competition

About the Competition

The VEX Robotics EDR Competition is a worldwide robotics competition for students in middle and high school. Started in 2007, there are now over 11,500 teams competing in 45 countries for a chance at the VEX World Championships.

VEX 2019 Worlds

Competitors learn to design, build, program, and drive their own robots to compete in each year's competition [No experience necessary to join!]. The VEX season runs from April to April of each year, with a different game every season. The VEX Robotics Competition is played on a 12' by 12' field, with robots limited to an 18" x 18" x 18" starting dimension and official VEX parts only.

An example of a competition-legal VEX EDR Robot


VEX Robotics EDR robots are programmed with the free-to-use VEX Coding Studio. Four intuitive methods of coding are offered through VCS, including the drag-and-drop Modkit Blocks, Modkit Text to help transition from block to text, a specially modified version of C++ made for VEX known as VEX C++, and an industry standard C++ programming environment called C++ Pro. Students are free to choose their preferred method of programming based on their experience level to best suit their needs, but all four offer all the work-ability needed to program an amazing functional robot.

VEX Coding Studio (VCS)A selection of coding options through VCSModkit BlocksVEX C++VCS C++ Pro

Examples of VEX C++ in action

The Hardware

Hardware for the VEX Robotics EDR Competition includes all-metal building components and numerous high-tech electronic devices such as the new V5 Smart Motor with a built-in rotational and velocity encoder, a multi-colored vision sensor, the new V5 Robot Brain, and dozens of other robotic parts such as pneumatics, bump and switch sensors, servos, gear boxes, and more! With numerous more mechanical parts such as gussets, hinges, universal joints, as well as other cool features like custom length wires, the hardware of the VEX Robotics EDR Competition is enough to satisfy to demands of a coder and the imagination of a builder.

The V5 Competition Super Kit used by every ACL VEX Robotics team. Enough parts to build almost anything imaginable!

The Game

The VEX Robotics Competition changes the game each year for each April to April competition season. The game for this 2019-2020 season is Tower Takeover.

The Team

Teams of the ACL VEX Robotics Club will be composed of around 6 students. Even though the maximum allowed number of students on a VEX team is 10, such a size would severely hinder the individual participation of each student. For this reason, teams were made to be 6 students to provide the opportunity for each student to get quality hands-on time with the robot, be actively involved in their team, and make a difference.

Learn More About VEX

Official VEX Robotics Tower Takeover Game Manual: