Tag: competition

All About VEX Judged Awards (Updated 2018)

(Edit: This post was originally published on May 18, 2017; it has been updated on July 13, 2017 to reflect the recently announced changes in judged awards.) All VEX competitions include trophies for the tournament winners and (if applicable) skills champion. They also include a number of “judged awards” that are based on criteria other […]

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Engineering Notebook & Design Award (Updated 2018)

(Edit: this post was originally published on May 1, 2017; it has been updated on July 19, 2018 to reflect the current VRC Awards criteria.) It’s the new season, and teams that are getting a jump-start on things may be about to start on their engineering notebooks. Or maybe you’re a new team and you’re […]

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The 9V Backup Battery

New coaches: don’t be caught flat-footed at your first tournament. Understand what the required 9V backup battery is all about, *well in advance* of your competition (in time for you to find/buy one).

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Competition Inspection: PTC Test

VEX Worlds and certain local tournaments include a “PTC test” on robot motors to ensure they have not been illegally modified. Here’s the details.

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A Day in the Life of a Tournament

Attention new mentors – this one’s for you! Here you will find an agenda-organized description of all the things that happen at a tournament, and what you as a mentor need to be aware of.

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Ode to the Ikea Bag

This robot coach’s tribute to the trusty 99¢ IKEA bag, so helpful for team travel.

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The Adult’s Tournament Survival Guide

As competition season approaches, I thought I’d pass along some tidbits to new mentors about how to make your first tournament as stress-free as possible for yourself and your students. Be sure to look down at the bottom of this post for info on volunteering, and supplies you may not know to bring. (A big […]

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Mentors: Know the Rules, Inside & Out

If you are a coach or mentor out there reading this, I implore you to learn the rules like the back of your hand. (Act fast! Download your rule book today!) As a mentor, you should know the rules at least as well as any student on your team, and hopefully much better than that. […]

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Register Your Team Now!

Register your team now and get your sample game piece before you start brainstorming!

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