VEX MN State tournament - Feb. 29 to Mar. 2, 2024 - 14th YEAR!
River's Edge Convention Center | St Cloud, MN
THE COUNTDOWN TO MN STATE VEX ROBOTICS CHAMPIONSHIP
2023-2024 VEX COMPETITION THEMES
THE FORCES BEHIND THE TOURNAMENT
VEX MN exists under the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation. REC brings this exciting experience to students all over the globe through the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U.
VEX MN is the largest state program in the country. It is under the leadership of two State Coordinators, Aaron Barker, Energy & Electronics Instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, and Andrew Dahlen, Manufacturing Instructor at Northland Community and Technical College.
Coordinating with the REC Foundation, VEX MN plans and organizes all the events in Minnesota. These events include:
- coach workshops AND
- event partner summit.
Aaron and Andrew also plan and organize the State Championship. Winners of the State Championship participate in World Competition.
KEY STRENGTHS OF THE MINNESOTA ROBOTICS PROGRAM
3 LEVELS OF VEX CHALLENGES!
VEX IQ CHALLENGE
Elementary & Middle School Program
Age 8-14 / Grades 4-8
The VEX IQ Challenge provides robotics engineering and research project challenges that enhance students’ appreciation for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). With guidance from teachers and mentors, students work in teams to design, build and program a robot to compete in an exciting annual game challenge.
VEX Robotics Competition (VRC)
Middle & High School Program
Ages 11-18 / Grades 6-12
The VEX Robotics Competition is the ultimate STEM activity. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, design, build and program robots in teams to compete in an annual engineering challenge presented in the form of a game. By competing year-round, students gain valuable life skills in addition to learning engineering and design principals.
VEX U Program
College & University Program
Not part of MN VEX, VEX U takes the VEX Robotics Competition to the next level by opening it up to university students. College and university teams in VEX U build an innovative robot to score the most points possible in an annual engineering game challenge. When school pride is on the line, matches can get intense!