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Vex IQ Robotics Final

Friday, 06 January, 2017

VEX IQ Robotics Final

The title of VEX IQ Champion is to be decided on Thursday January 19th as over 1000 primary school children from 50 Cork schools descend on Cork Institute of Technology to compete in a series of challenges designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Participating schools have been tasked with the design, building and programming of a robot based on the VEX IQ platform, teams will also deliver a four minute STEM presentation and be quizzed on an engineering note book all of which will be assessed to decide the overall VEX IQ Excellence award.


The programme commenced in September 2016 with a teacher training day and over the last four months children and class teachers have developed presenations and robots for the finals with support and school visits provided by Lifetime Lab.

The project which is supported by Science Foundation Ireland consists of a number of different elements designed to make the project inclusive for all pupils in the participating class.

  • Robot Skills – Design and Build a robot to complete a number of specified tasks as an individual team and also as part of a teamwork challenge.
  • Programming Skills – use of ICT (Modkit or Robot C software) to autonomously complete tasks integrating math’s, fair testing and observation to the project.
  • Engineering Notebook – Record the design process, alternations, experiments, predictions, outcomes and learning’s throughout the project.
  • STEM Project – Research a STEM theme, develop into a 4 minute presentation per team and share the learning with others.
  • Pit Area – Plan & develop a “show and tell” area for other schools to observe and enjoy on grand finale day.