Advice to Coaches

Consider ways your team’s behaviour can be transparent and in accordance with the code of conduct. This will help to preventing other teams from making accusations against your team, to purposely disqualify your team from moving forward. Teams and coaches who wish to bring up concerns regarding another team should consider how this will impact your team. If these accusations are used as a mean/tool to move your team ahead, this will be interpreted as malicious and inflammatory. Ultimately this will lead your team down a path that will not be successful within the competition. Please refer to the game manual under R1 and the code of conduct.

As of July 2018, it is the recommendation of the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation (RECF) that teams wishing to be successful at the provincial championship and at the world championship should attend at least four VEX-IQ events within the season to give students and coaches the opportunity to experience steadfast focus at the competition with teams just as determined.

With that announcement being made in July, five non-competitive events/scrimmage have been added to this year’s event calendar for teams to practice their competition performance skills. These events are non-mandatory. However, teams wishing to compete at the world ranking level will most certainly take these opportunities seriously.

This year’s game look quite simple to play, but in fact, the challenge is in its simplicity. RECF is expecting most competitive team to score the maximum points within the match. Therefore, determining the tournament champion will depend on a number of other factors. For the highest scores possible stay tuned to the VEX IQ Forum and attend as many events as possible.

Awards Changes/ Clarification/ Provincial Championship Qualifications

Teams wishing to participate at the season end Provincial Championship must win at least one category of competition at a regular season event: Team Work Challenge, Skills Competition, or be the Design Award winner.

STEM research projects are not mandatorily required at the regular season events.

However, they will be accepted, and feedback will be offered to teams. No awards will be given at the event and only video submission one week before the event may be considered. The STEM research project will be one of the conditions used as part of the tie breaker process during the regular season. Follow the link to the submission format and additional information (Link).

Skills Only/Unlimited events will no longer be part of the competition offering.

Teams wishing to vie/reach for the Excellence Award should pay attention to the following:

At regular season events:
– The code of conduct must be followed by all team members and coaches.
– The robot/team performance must be at the top of every category at the competition to exemplify performance excellence.
– All judges and referee(s) must agree on the team chosen for the excellence award.

At the provincial championship:

The VEX-IQ Robotics 2018/2019 BC Championship is an invitational event. Invitations will be sent out to teams that are category winner at a competition during the regular season.

STEM research project will be mandatory for teams wishing to be consider for the Excellence Award at the Provincial Championship. This must be a unique submission that have not been submitted before. However, it can be an improvement of the previous submission during the regular season.

Skills Competition ranking alone will no longer be considered for the world competition. However, should a tie occur at the championship, the skills ranking will be used as one of the determining factors for the Excellence Award.

Excellence Award winner at the Provincial Championship will be representing western Canada at the World Robotics competition – Louisville Kentucky April 2019.

Rule changes and amendments 2018-2019

New: Code of Conduct:


VEX IQ is a student-centered program. Adults may assist Students in urgent situations, but adults should never work on or program a Robot without Students on that Team being present and actively participating.

Some amount of adult mentorship, teaching, and/or guidance is an expected and encouraged facet of the VEX IQ Challenge. No one is born an expert in robotics! However, obstacles should always be viewed as teaching opportunities, not tasks for an adult to solve without Students present and actively participating.

When a mechanism falls off, it is… …okay for an adult to help a Student investigate why it failed, so it can be improved. …not okay for an adult to put the robot back together.

When a team encounters a complex programming concept, it is… …okay for an adult to guide a Student through a flowchart to understand its logic. …not okay for an adult to write a pre-made command for that Student to reference.

Age Restriction 2018-2019

Student – Anyone born after April 30, 2005 (age 13 or lower) or enrolled in grade 8 or lower on April 30, 2019. Anyone enrolled in grade 9 on April 30, 2019 is only eligible to participate on a VEX IQ Challenge team when enrolled in a middle school or district, which includes grade 8, but not grade 10. Students are the individuals who design, build, repair, and program the Robot with minimal adult assistance. Page 10 –

VEX-IQ Competition (Competitive)

“The VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning. 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.”

Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

Information on current game:

Information/Dates on current events in BC/Vancouver area:

Video of this year’s VEX-IQ Robotics Competition game:

one-page description:

VEX / VEX-IQ Robotics Competition 2015/2016

Hello Everyone,

My name is Brian Yu, I am an event partner for VEX/VEX-IQ Robotics Competition in the Vancouver Area.  I retrieved your email contact info from as you had previously registered a VEX Robotics team in the past.

I would like to tell you about several new additions to our robotics competition.

First, we have created an Elementary/Middle school robotics competition using the new VEX-IQ platform.

Introduction video to VEX-IQ:

VEX-IQ game for 2015-2016 (Bank Shot):

Our VEX-IQ website:


For those who are new to VEX-EDR (bigger robots with metal parts):

Introduction video to VEX-EDR:

VEX-VRC game for 2015-2016 (Nothing but Net):


Second, we now have an additional type of competition which takes place Friday evenings: VEX Skills-Unlimited. 

This event is a Skills Challenge event: Driver Skills and Programming Skills only.

You may have an unlimited number of runs with your robot during the event (from 4:00pm to 9:00pm).  However, if there is another team(s) ahead of you, you must wait for the other team(s) to complete their run before your turn.

This event is part of an ongoing Skills Challenge event for the entire robotics season.  Therefore no awards will be given at the end of each event.  Your score will be uploaded to Skills Challenge Ranking website.  Teams with the highest score will qualify for world’s international tournament entry (directly).  See the Skills Ranking website at for additional details.

This means you or your robot is competing only against the clock and the world ranking scores.

Our Skills-Unlimited website:

Please register for the team id, if you haven’t done so:

I encourage everyone to come out to our first VEX Skills Unlimited event at Eric Hamber Secondary School – Friday September 18th anytime from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. We will be demonstrating the new game(s).  If your team is ready to compete, please sign up at: 

Please forward this message to anyone who would be interested in the VEX Robotics and VEX-IQ Robotics Program.

Thank You.

Brian Yu

Eric Hamber Secondary School – Vancouver

Tel: 604-713-8927  Fax: 604-713-8926

Text Message (778) 990-3623


VEX-IQ Email Update – September 2014

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is ready for another year of exciting robotics with VEX-IQ.  There are a number of events scheduled for this upcoming year, 6 competition events and 5 robotics workshops.  This year’s competition within our B.C. region will be quite competitive, as one of our teams from last year was the international winner of the middle school division – Team Work Challenge.

A listing of our event schedule is found here:

New this year is our ‘unofficial’ VEX-IQ Highschool competition.  You can find out more here at our website:

Beginning this upcoming Friday at Eric Hamber Secondary School we will be host the VEX-IQ Demonstration and Scrimmage.  At the event, we will be introducing this year’s new game.  If your team has a robot ready to play, feel free to bring your bot and tryout this year’s game.

Our first Robotics Workshops will be on October 3rd, please check the website for details and registration info.

Our first scheduled competition event will be Event 201 – on October 17that Eric Hamber Secondary School.

New this year, we will be selling VEX-IQ robots, and this year’s game set(half and full sets).  Info:

Please register your team(s) if you have not already done so.

I will be keeping you connected via email once every few weeks reminding you of opportunities and keeping you informed of the latest news and updates.

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone who would be interest in being part of our robotics community.  Lastly, if you wish to be removed from this email list, please reply to this message to let me know.



Brian Yu
Text Message (778) 990-3623 


VEX-IQ-B.C. Update

Hello Everyone,

The VEX-IQ B.C. Event Registration is now online.  Please go to the various events listed to access the system.  Once registered, your team will be listed in the system and will be ready to go at the event.  Each Qualifying event will be $25.00 and the Championship will be $50.00

We now have 5 registered teams in B.C.  A number of qualification requirments had changed due to advice offered by VEX HQ.  The one thing remains the same is that our region can only send 1 team to the world championship.  Please have a look at the VEX-IQ-BC website.

The Dates and Events:

Feb 7th, 6:00pm to 8:30pm Gladstone Secondary School – Van

BC VEX IQ Challenge Qualifier-101

Feb 16th, 1:00pm to 4:00pm Alcuin College – North Van

BC VEX IQ Challenge Qualifier-102

Feb 28th, 6:00pm to 8:30pm Eric Hamber Secondary School – Van

BC VEX IQ Challenge Qualifier-103

March 12th, 6:00pm to 8:30pm Eric Hamber Secondary School – Van

BC VEX IQ Challenge Regional Championship

If your team is not listed under the Team Registration tab, please email me.

More info to come this week.


Brian Yu University Hill Secondary School – Vancouver

Tel (604) 713-8258 ext: 2236  Fax (604) 713-8257

Text Message (778) 990-3623