Vex Turning Point

The new VEX Robotics Season is on. The new challenge was revealed at VEX Worlds 2018:

New robot designs were revealed in June:

The Robots shown in the video were part of our Robot In 3 Days project. Each year at the start of the season we gather up some of the best in VEX Robotics to build a robot that can play the new game. This year we had team 2131 from Utah and World Championship Excellence Award winner for 2018, 6007X Quantum Flux World Championship Division Champion 2017 and 7700R World Championship Division Champion 2017. The teams worked from Friday morning 6am through Sunday 11pm with short breaks for food and sleep.

The team built 2 robots this year one using the new V5 system and one with the legacy Cortex and 393 motors. We produced a documentary video of the event.

Soon it was time for the first event. Here is a video of the first event the Poway Robot Rodeo

We had 3 teams attend this event. Being the first event there were not many teams ready to play. There were only 14 teams at the event. Rolling Robots had the only 2 middle school teams at this high school event.

Our teams were also barely ready to play. The robots had just been completed in the past week and the teams had a day or two for practice. It was great to see the teams improve through the day. By the end of the tournament teams were playing each part of the game and scoring points in all ways. 7700Y was one of the only robots that could score in each possible way the game allowed. They had a very effective ball shooter that would consistently win the autonomous bonus points.

At the end of the day we had 6007R in the quarter finals, 7700Y and 7700C formed an alliance and made it to the semi finals.

VEX team
Here are our first 3 teams to compete this year. 6007R, 7700C, 7700Y

Next event is the OC Beckman Robot Bonanaza September 15, 2018


Introductory workshop for joining our Competition Team

Rolling Robots Vex IQ Workshops come to Irvine


As summer winds down Rolling Robots is offering two vex IQ workshops on August 19th and 26th in Irvine, California. These workshops are an intensive but entry level opportunity for students that are potentially interested in robotics competition. Perfect for students at the elementary and early middle school levels, the workshops will teach building, design process, and coding before moving into the specifics of robotics competition, strategy, and team management.

Workshop 1: Build and Code VEX IQ

Learn to build and code robots using the VEX IQ system. Directed at the elementary school level, students will build a robot and write code which will operate the robot’s sensors. The robot is the same type of robot used by professional VEX IQ Competition Teams.

Workshop 2: VEX IQ Competition Training Workshop

Compete in a 2018 VEX IQ Challenge game. Students will build a robot to play the VEX game ‘Next Level’, which requires students to code the robot for autonomous operation and also pilot the robot manually via remote control. Along the way they will learn problem solving and teamwork skills.

The workshops are located near John Wayne Airport in a shared space at 18021 Cowan St. Irvine CA, 92614. These intro workshops are 4-hour drop-off sessions on Sunday mornings with a class size of 10 students or less studying under 2 instructors. Please have your student bring snacks or a light lunch; all other materials are supplied.


About Joining a Rolling Robots VEX IQ Team:

At the conclusion of these workshops we will be selecting new members for the Rolling Robots Competition Teams. Our teams are highly regarded and have won awards at every Vex World Championship for the last 5 years. Teams always perform better when they are made up of close friends so please consider mentioning these classes to other students in your circle of friends that you think might be interested.

Link to Info and Registration: Irvine VEX IQ Workshops

Also you can read more and like our page about these workshops on the Rolling Robots Facebook

Become the next Robotics Champion! Start training at a Rolling Robots Summer Camp

Think Award

Rolling Robots is extremely proud to report that our youngest elementary VEX IQ team won the prestigious THINK AWARD at the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship; they were up against 400 other teams at the world's largest robotics competition and managed to come out on top! Congratulations everyone!

Looking forward, we hope to inspire more children to get involved in robotics competition for the upcoming season. This summer, Rolling Robots makes it easy for all students ages 8 and up to start their training with three separate paths towards competition excellence.

Want to join in on the fun? Summer is the best time to join a Rolling Robots Team. Our teams are by invitation only and we usually select the best students from our regular membership. During summer there is an opportunity to learn and prove your child's abilities to join a team by taking up to 3 weeks of summer camp. Depending on prior experience they should take a building camp, a coding camp and a competition team camp.

Summer Camp Options

Click the Icons below for more info and schedule of each camp.

First off, we recommend everyone (age 7 and older) take our Robots Rock camp. This is our onboarding camp that will teach the campers the basics of robot building and let them experience the fun of building their own robot.

Robots Rock

Students learn about structures, gears, motors, wheels, and the use of tools to build their own remote controlled robots with the VEX system.

Next, depending on age and interest, select one of the two following paths to learn more about coding and competition games and get prepared for joining our Competition Team:

Elementary School Level

The team is the VEX IQ Robotics Challenge. The fast track camps are:

VEX IQ Building and Coding

Learn to build and code robots using the VEX IQ system. Directed at elementary school level, students will build a robot and learn to code for several sensors. The robot is the same type of robot used by the VEX IQ Competition Teams.

Vex IQ Competition

Compete in a 2018 VEX IQ Challenge game. Students will build a robot to play the game Next Level. They will learn to code for the autonomous part of the game and learn to drive for the driver part of the game. Along the way they will learn problem solving and teamwork skills.

Middle School Level

The team is the VEX EDR Robotics Challenge. The fast track camps are:

Vex EDR Code with Robot C

Students will learn to program VEX robots in the Robot C Language (which is used in Robotics Competitions). Students will learn to implement motors, remote control, digital and analog sensors.

VEX EDR Competition

Build, Program and Compete in 2018 VEX Challenge game.