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COMPETITION FAQS

  • What is the VEX IQ Competition?
    Sponsored by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, the VEX IQ Competition (VIQC) engages more than 1 million students in 70 countries each year. RoboKai forms VIQC teams of 4 to 8 students that compete under the guidance of experienced coaches. Teams meet weekly to build robots for tournaments, which are high-energy events that help kids develop sportsmanship, confidence, perseverance, and other social skills while putting their robots to the test against others.
  • Is the Competition program right for my child?
    If your child is new to robotics, we recommend joining our Club Robotics program first before joining a team. Club Robotics allows students to become familiar with the equipment and staff, develop social skills, and learn about the Competition program indirectly in a no-pressure environment. If your child has experience with our Club program, or enjoys other team-based activities and is looking for a different kind of challenge, then the Competition program may be a good fit. The experience can be very rewarding, but also very challenging. Good team members are strongly motivated to work hard, persevere through difficulties, and strive for excellence.
  • What do Competition Membership dues cover?
    Dues cover team membership, registration, equipment, tournament registrations, and coaching. They do not cover travel costs.
  • When is the deadline to register?
    Registration typically begins in May and ends in September or when our teams are full, whichever occurs first.
  • How long does the competition season last?
    The preseason (for those who participate in it) lasts from May through August. The regular season lasts from September through February. The postseason (for team that qualify) lasts from the State Championships in early March through the World Championships in late April/early May.
  • What types of activities are during the preseason?
    Preseason members will participate in training, teamwork building, brainstorming, prototyping, and other activities designed to build the most competitive teams. Preseason is optional.
  • What types of activities are during the regular season?
    During the regular season, teams will focus on completing their robot builds, improving them through an iterative process, and practicing and competing in regional tournaments.
  • How many players are on a VIQC team?
    Teams will consist of 4 to 8 players. Team assignments are finalized by the 1st of October.
  • Can my child choose who is on their team?
    Members can submit requests, but we cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored due to team size limits.
  • Are the teams divided by age?
    Students who will be under 13 years of age by World Championships play in the Elementary (U13) Division. Students who will be 13 or older, but under 16, by World Championships play in the Middle (U16) Division. Students 16 or older are not eligible.
  • When and where will teams meet?
    RoboKai teams meet once a week at our clubhouse. Additional meetings may be offered.
  • What will my child do on a team?
    The four main jobs on a team are designing, building, programming, and driving. Within these jobs there are specific responsibilities that must be managed, such as the team engineering notebook, equipment maintenance, and game rules. Students will be assigned roles on the team based on their experience, skill, and interest. But most important, coaches will assign roles based on what we believe will help the team be most successful. We train every member in the basics of all jobs. Training is emphasized during the preseason sessions for those who participate in them.
  • When and where will tournaments be held?
    There are typically two tournaments held in the Richmond area and are open to spectators. Tournaments are also held in other parts of the state. RoboKai teams will always register for local tournaments, and may be offered opportunities to participate in non-local tournaments.
  • Where can I learn more about the VEX IQ Competition?
    Visit the REC Foundation website at https://www.roboticseducation.org/teams/vex-iq-competiton/.
  • Are there additional costs if my child's team makes it to the State or World Championships?
    The Postseason typically begins in mid-February for teams that qualify for the State Championships, and it continues through early May for those that qualify for the World Championships. Postseason dues are extra and will be determined once teams qualify. Participation in the Postseason is optional.
  • Does Competition Membership include access to the same benefits as Club Membership?
    No, Competition Membership only gives you access to a VIQC team and tournaments. Other club benefits, such as working on a personal project to participate in our in-house games and challenges, or access to our Maker Lab, require separate membership dues. We do, however, offer discounts for members who do both. Please contact our staff for information about discounts.
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