What is VEX Robotics?


Dream It. Do It. Minnesota and the Minnesota State Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence have led VEX Robotics in Minnesota, hosting tournaments and scrimmages. Moving forward, Dream It. Do It. Minnesota continues to encourage participation in robotics and provides resources and training to help coaches, educators, and tournament managers how to connect robotics to modern manufacturing. 

VEX Robotics is a small team robotics program that asks students to build a robot using a VEX Robotics design system kit. Each April, a competition game is introduced at the World Championship. Teams are able to start working on their robot after the game is announced.

There are three levels of competition:



There are many great robotics programs available for youth to build their STEM skills.

What are tournaments like?

Tournaments are fun, busy, and high-energy events. Teams often have:

  • A team mascot
  • Uniforms or similar dress
  • Team information at their tables
  • Family and friends at the tournament with signs and cheers

Tournaments are fast-paced, so teams are responsible for being on time to rounds and meeting with judges.

Coaches may find the VEX forums (page does have user guidelines) and searching for information online helpful for preparing for tournaments. Teams are also suggested to arrive early for inspection and to bring extra parts and tools.

Coaches may also find this VEX Robotics Coach Handbook helpful as they and their teams are preparing for a tournament.

Tournament system

There are tournaments held throughout the state that qualify teams for the State VEX Robotics Tournament. To find tournaments, go to Robot Events.