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Entry Points to VEX and the REC Foundation
A wealth of engineering resources and content is available to you through VEX and REC, and is collected here for easy access. We will add more information to this article and the resources continually.
Now more than ever, we see how quickly the world can change. As society and technology rapidly evolve, we need to fill “the jobs of tomorrow.” With how quickly technology is advancing, some of these jobs do not even exist yet. These jobs will solve complex and interdisciplinary problems.
The field of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is used to solve these complex problems using one of the core elements of STEM: engineering. Engineering is not a new field and has been around for a long time. We can see elements of engineering dating back to the Egyptian eras with intricate pyramid designs and up to now by viewing majestic buildings and even in our own everyday devices like phones.
Engineering, which is the application of science and mathematics to solve problems, has many different facets. These include but are not limited to: chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, aerospace, agricultural, biomedical, and software. However, at the core of each of these types of engineering is the ability to critically think, iterate, think outside the box, and ultimately, solve problems.
Robotics is the perfect organizer to give you an engaging way to explore and experiment with abstract engineering concepts through tangible materials. Robotics brings ideas to life in visible ways, gives you the tools to solve problems that you see around you, and opens a door to the world of engineering in fun, collaborative, and extraordinary ways.
Lauren Harter - Director of Instructional Technology, VEX Robotics
Interviews With Students About Engineering
Watch and learn as teams and students describe how they approach different aspects of VEX Robotics.
Each year VEX provides teams with a starting point to play the current VEX IQ (VIQC) and VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) games. These designs allow experienced teams to quickly assemble a robot to investigate the game's dynamics, and help new teams learn valuable building skills by creating a robot they can customize to compete with early in the season.
VIQC Hero Bot Snapshot (2022-2023)
Watch the engineer explain Snapshot
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Build the Hero Bot
VRC Hero Bot Disco (2022-2023)
Watch the engineer explain Disco
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Build the Hero Bot
Tip: builds.vex.com has build instructions for a variety of robots including current and past Hero robots.
Engineering Design Process
The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers follow when they are trying to solve a problem and design a solution for something; it is a methodical approach to problem solving.
The VEX Library has many articles about building VEX robots, including information on motors, drivetrains, mechanisms, structure, competition robots, pneumatics, and safety.
The VEX Library has many articles about using VEX electronics, including information on brains, controllers, sensors, and batteries.
Coding Your Robot
There are many ways to learn coding with VEX. This article will provide links and resources to everything you need.
Learn more at coding.vex.com