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Online Challenges

There are a variety of online challenges which allow students around the world to display their work, win awards, and even earn a chance to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship. Online challenges are arranged by the REC Foundation, and the subjects change from year to year. This year, the Community Award Online Challenge sponsored by Google was added. The top ten winners of this challenge qualify for Worlds!

Any announcements about online challenges will be made at the following websites:

Below is a list of the 2019-2020 Online Challenges:


VEX IQ is a robotics platform that is targeted towards elementary and middle school students. By exposing young children to STEM activities, it can help foster a life-long love and passion towards engineering and technology.

Step-by-step instructions are provided and no experience is needed at all. Additionally, hundreds of competitions are held annually, developing teamwork, leadership, and communications skills.

Technology Student Association (TSA)

TSA is a national student organization that aims to help students develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills. It also allows students to practice their leadership, academic, and management skills. Since VEX and TSA share a common purpose, they naturally partnered together to bring the TSA/VEX Robotics Challenge to life, which allows students to use their STEM skills practically in a hands-on environment.

If you're interested in registering for the TSA VEX competition, here are the steps:

  1. Affiliate with TSA for the 2020-2021 school year
  2. Register as a VEX VRC team for the VEX Robotics Competition
  3. Pay the VEX registration fee

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that helps create unforgettable learning experiences for PreK-12 students in more than 11,5000 schools in the United States. They encourage learners to solve real-world problems through hands-on activities and projects.

VEX is the only robotics platform that is offered at PLTW schools. Their courses implement VEX EDR and VEX IQ, meaning that their students are exposed to the entire robotics experience, from designing to building and programming. VEX is a proud supporter of the following PLTW pathways:

  1. PLTW Launch (PreK - Grade 5)
  2. PLTW Gateway (Grades 6 - 8)
  3. PLTW Computer Science (Grades 9-12)
  4. PLTW Engineering (Grades 9-12)