VEX U is a variant of the VEX Robotics Competition for college students. VEX U uses the same gameplay and scoring rules as VRC. However, instead of building a single robot and working together with another team, VEX U teams build two or more complimentary robots, which allows VEX U robots to work together and complement each other's capabilities more closely. In addition, VEX U robots can be built using a much wider array of materials and construction techniques than in VRC, which allows university teams to embrace advanced manufacturing and design robots with more functionality packed into a smaller volume. VEX U also puts a greater emphasis on robot sensing and autonomous operation, with the autonomous period lengthened from 15 seconds to 45 seconds, and the driver-controlled period shortened accordingly to 75 seconds.
Current Game: Over Under
VEX U teams use the same gameplay and scoring rules as the VEX Robotics Competition. The scoring objects in VRC Over Under are 60 "Triballs" – rounded tetrahedra with a primary dimension of roughly 6 inches. Alliances score points by scoring Triballs in Goals, as well as by hanging their robots from the Elevation Bars at the end of the match.
The WV Robotics Alliance supports VEX U teams at universities across West Virginia with training and mentorship. In addition, the WV Robotics Alliance hosts the West Virginia VEX U Qualifier, which is held in early March at the Fairmont State University Falcon Center. The WV VEX U Qualifier draws teams from across the eastern US and is consistently one of the world's largest VEX U events.
VEX U is presented by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, a US-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. The REC Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs.
For more information about VEX U or to register a team, visit the REC Foundation website: