Five Rolling Robots' teams were qualified to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky from April 24 to May 1, 2018 (see event info here: VEX World 2018). This was the culmination of a year long season of building, coding, and competing in many local and state robotics events.

Team 7700

All high schools made it to the VEX World Championship. Team 7700R (which consisted of students from Palos Verdes High School, Penninsula High School, Chadwick School, California Academy of Math and Science, and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts) won several tournaments this season, including the prestigious Pan Pacific Championship. They made it to the World Championship after being ranked 12th in the world in Robot Skills. Team 6007X consisted of students from North Hollywood High School, and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies and ranked 18th in the world. Team 7700S consisted of students from Chadwick School and Palos Verdes High School and ranked 34th in Robot Skills. .

The High school teams did really well considering the tough competition. Each team won more than they lost and team 7700R made it to the elimination rounds as the 7th seed.

Two elementary school teams qualified for the World Championship with Team 7700P ranking 5th in the California State Championship and Team 7700V winning the Design Award in the California State Championship for engineering process.

There were total of 400 elementary level teams at this year's VEX Robotics World Championship. Team 7700V became the highlight of our 2018 World Championship trip when they won the prestigious Think Award, the top award for the use of robotics CODE.

These young coders used the Robot C language to program their robot. One of the unique advanced features they incorporated was a code selector using the led touch sensors and a switch/case logic structure. Not only were they able learn how to make this code work they were able to describe it to a team of judges in a professional way. Great work for a group of 4th and 5th graders.

Think Award

The Think Award is presented to a team that has developed and effectively used quality programming as part of their strategy to solve the game challenge. The winning team’s members were able to explain their programming process from strategy to syntax.

Key criteria for the Think Award:
  • All programming is cleanly written, well documented, and easy to understand.
  • Team has explained a clear programming strategy to solve the game challenge.
  • Team demonstrates their programming management process, including version history.
  • Students understand and explain how they worked together to develop their robot programming.


All teams enjoyed the final ceremonies and the new game announcements. Parents enjoyed seeing the sights of Kentucky as well as the nice team dinners and social gatherings. The World Championship was held just one week before the Kentucky Derby so we were able to enjoy some of the festivities , including balloon glow and dawn at the downs.

Thanks so much to everybody who attended, participated, and showed support. We have some more events and teams' forming coming up in the near future, so stay tuned for more news from the Robot Doc! For now, it's time to sign up Rolling Robots' Summer Camps.

Join Our Champions

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As you may already know, the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC) currently has an initiative underway to actively increase the number of girls/women participating in robotics competition. Together we are Redefining the Face of STEM.

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More info can be found at the Girl Powered Website.

In support of this initiative this we are introducing two new changes to help young women get started in the world of VEX competition:

  1. Starting now, all new girl applicants to our competition team can get $50 off their first three months of Ultimate Competition Team Membership by using coupon code GIRLPOWERED at checkout.
  2. Also, starting this spring we are proud to announce a new Rolling Robots 7700X All-Girls Robotics Team. The vision here is to form one large all-girls team from new and existing members at all three of our locations (Palos Verdes, Glendale, and West LA). This team will work together on several events planned specifically for female-focused VEX teams until the end of Spring. After all the planned events end in May, the girls can continue to participate in VEX competition on one of our mixed teams, but they will always be a part of the the special 7700X Girls VEX team and are welcome/encouraged to participate any special events relating to it that will inevitably arise.
Judges Award at Vex Robotics TESI

And it is not just for new girls that join our team. If you are already a Rolling Robots team member you will get volunteer hours for mentoring the new girls as part of our STEM Ambassador program. Organizational meeting and special outreach events will count towards your volunteer hours.

Here are some of the events planned for this spring:

  • Team Kickoff on February 22nd, 2018
  • Attend the California State Championship February 23rd - 25th, and support the Rolling Robots teams.
  • Compete in the 4th Annual All Girls VRC Showcase at La Reina High School March 24, 2018.
  • Compete in the Rolling Robots Girl Powered Design Challenge May 12, 2018 at Rolling Robots.
  • All team members will assist in designing the Rolling Robots Girl Powered T-Shirt

New (unregistered) members can sign up below. Make sure you sign up prior to February 22nd, as that's when the first event is planned.

Sign up for Ultimate Competition Team Membership at your location. Don't forget to use coupon code GIRLPOWERED for $50 off your first 3 months!

Palos Verdes Glendale West LA

Existing team members sign up here. Even if you aren't interested in joining 7700X, you are welcome to become mentors for the new team and will receive Volunteer hours for your efforts.

Team 7700X Admission Request Form

Team 7700X Schedule

Take a look at the great work our Teams just submitted for review!

Winners Announced! Rolling Robots lands two 3rd place awards

REC Online Challenges

Update: We have three finalists!!!

Good work Teams !!!

Before we tell you all the exciting news, here's a little background: every year, the REC (Robotics Education & Competition Foundation) accepts submissions for a variety of Online Challenges. These challenges, though all somewhat related to the subject of robotics competition, are often designed to test the applicants abilities in a wider variety of disciplines than you might expect. These online challenges are structured so that while having a strong STEM education will definitely help, you will still need really need to stretch yourself into other skillsets if you want to succeed. We always really push our teams to really go the extra mile on these submissions, as they really give them a chance to show off their talents in areas that aren't exclusively limited to the competition field. Anyway, without further ado, we are super excited to reveal that the Rolling Robots teams have just submitted their Online Challenges for 2018 and that you can read all about it below!

Promote Award Video

The Promote Award is presented to a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) or VEX U team that has created and submitted an outstanding promotional video. This year we decided to tell the story of how our robotics education program helps students learn to build more than just robots with the video “Come See for Yourself”. It shows our team members sharing their hearts and minds about what they do at Rolling Robots, highlighting how VEX building and competition has impacted their lives. We've posted the full video below, be sure to check it out. One of our team members, Ethan, put a lot of work into making this video, so be sure to check out the text of his submission too! (Linked under the image).

Ethan Teaching
Ethan Teaching young kids about Competition Robotics
Read our submission, and give us a vote.

Game Design Animation

The VeX Game Design Animation Challenge requires that teams design a new game for a VEX competition and present it in an animated video. This year, our game is called Vex Rapid Reversal. You can read all about it on our submission page here: Rolling Robots VEX Rapid Reversal Game, and watch the video below to see it in action!

VEX Claw Bot
One of our robots working hard during a test run of Rapid Reversal.

Texas Instruments Electronics Challenge

In this challenge, our team members disassemble an electronic device and researched the components they found. Three of our teams entered this challenge. The devices analyzed were a Vex IQ Microcontroller, a D-Link Camera, and a PC Computer. They worked together to identify components and search for data sheets and other information online to deconstruct the devices and how they functioned. This process is integral to the field of reverse engineering and electronics repair and is a cornerstone of every good engineer's education. Based on their findings they presented a report detailing the process and discussing the function of each component in the overall device. One of our team member remarked that he felt like a detective during this project. It's not only an extremely informative task, but super fun as well.

Texas Instruments PCB

View our Texas Instruments Electronics Challenge Submissions Below (by Team)

Make it Real CAD Challenge

The goal of this challenge is to design and build a new part for use in Vex Robotics. This year our submission is a license plate holder that is actually being used on our competition robot now! The drawings and models were produced in Autodesk Inventor and then we produced the physical part on a 3D printer. Click here to read our submission (click the little arrow in the Files section to download the PDF): VEX License Plate Holder Submission

Photography Challenge

This one is pretty self-explanatory: teams submit a photo of their Vex Robotics experience! We had some really great experiences this last season and it's great to see them captured on film. Click each link below and scroll down to the Files section to see the photos!

View our Photography Challenge Submissions Below (by Team)

Thanks to all of you who submitted and to everyone reading this. Your hard work and support means the world to us. Thanks to all who voted and liked our entries!

Winners will be announce March 1, 2018