What is the VEX IQ Challenge?
The VEX IQ Challenge fosters student development of the teamwork, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to prepare them to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.
Welcome to the VEX IQ Robotics Program at St. Gabriel Consolidated School
Who Can Participate
We currently limit the number of students to 18 and the grade levels to 6th, 7th, and 8th. The VEX IQ Challenge actually groups the kids by Elementary School (1-5) and Middle School (6-8) for competition. In the past the program has allowed a 5th grader to be on a team with 6th, 7th and 8th graders and compete at the Middle School level. Due to the the need to maintain safety as a result of COVID-19, we are minimizing the total number of teams.
Each year, the REC Foundation works with its community to create a set of challenges for the youth in the VEX IQ Challenge. This year's challenge is RISE ABOVE. The VEX IQ Challenge consists of three 60-second robotics challenges and a STEM Research Project.
VEX IQ Challenge - RISE ABOVE
See Challenge details here
STEM Research Project
This year we are featuring the STEM field of Math. Math is the language of science and engineering. We use numbers, quantities, measurements and the relationships between them to communicate our ideas on how things work. Math enables us to describe the world around us through numerical patterns and mathematical models using logical reasoning. Math is studied in several branches of mathematics including Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus. This season, your goal is to learn more about the exciting world of Math, and how Math can be used to find solutions to interesting problems around us.
Meetings, Teams and Costs
Meetings will be weekly, typically on Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8:30. Meeting and event details will be available on the calendar.
Each team will consist of 3 students. I plan to allow team requests and will assign kids to a team if they have not requested one.
Program Costs: $120 per child
I most certainly will be looking for parents to lend a hand at meetings. The program and curriculum should be pretty "plug and play", but I will need someone to deliver it to the groups/teams and help them as needed.
If you have interested in helping, please let me know!
VEX IQ Challenge 2020-2021
VEX IQ Challenge Rise Above is played on a 6’ x 8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.
Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.
The scoring objects in VEX IQ Challenge Rise Above are 8.7” (22.1 cm) tall Risers. There are a total of (27) Risers on the field. The object of the game is to score as many points as possible with your alliance partner by scoring Risers in Goals, completing Rows and completing Stacks.
Each Ball scored inside a Goal - 1 point
Each Completed Row - 3 points
Each Completed Stack - 30 Points
I will post all meeting and event related information here.
From elementary school through college, VEXcode is a coding environment that meets students at their level. The intuitive layout of VEXcode allows students to get started quickly and easily. VEXcode is consistent across Blocks and Text, across VEX IQ and VEX V5. As students progress from elementary, middle, and high school, they never have to learn a different blocks, code, or toolbar interface. As a result, students can focus on creating with technology, not trying to navigate a new layout.