Frequently asked questions for VRC and VEXU:
1- How can I know more about the filed dimensions and specifications?
You can always refer back to the VEX In The Zone Field Appendix where or can find all the necessary drawings and you can use the 3D CAD model of the Starstruck for additional details not shown in the field drawings. VEX U teams should also check Appendix E
2- What are the maximum dimensions of the Robot?
VEXU (University) : 24"x 24" x 24"
VRC (High School) : 18" x 18" x 18"
To pass inspection the Robot in it's initial position will be sized using a VRC Sizing Tool
3-We don't have a field, how can we practice?
Teams follow the below best practices to overcome this challenge:
a) VEX Starstruck Field Specifications
VEX releases each year detailed specification documents and CAD files for the fields so team could refer to.
b) Building a Low Cost Field
As some teams did last year, They have referred to "Low Cost Field Options" inside the Appendix A folder and managed to build there own field.
c) Practice Days
Teams will be invited later on to a practice day to try their Robot invention.
d) Practice Field During the Competition
In each VEX Competition there is a practice field to serve teams willing to do any adjustments.
e) Game Objects
We recommend these kits that contain game objects to help with practicing for VEX In The Zone.
4- How can we wire several motors to the same port ?
3-wire "Y"-cables allow 2 motors/servos to be driven by a single micro-controller output.
5- Is there initial placement of robots and the stars/cubes so we know how to control autonomous part?
Yes, robots will start on the either red or blue starting tile, as shown in the picture below. Stars and cubes will be placed as shown below, at the beginning of each match.
6- How long is the autonomous period?
45 seconds for VEXU
15 seconds for VRC
7- Does the team need to submit a report, if yes what should it include and is there any examples?
a) Yes, They will need to submit the "Engineering Notebook". You can know more about it by referring to the Design Award.
b)The best notebooks include the following:
- Entries made on a regular basis
- Diagrams accompanying the entries
- Goals that are plainly stated
- Accounts of the thought process behind key decisions
- Records of measurements
- A clear charting of team progress
- An accurate inventory of parts
- Thoughts regarding game-play and strategy
- Documentation of missteps External documents, such as judge's notes
8- What is the inspection process of my Robot ?
The inspector will follow the inspection sheet :
VEX U (University Division):
VRC (High School Division):
9- How many Robots my team should have?
Although you build as many robots as you want, each team should compete with only ONE Robot.
10- How can I start designing my Robot?
Autodesk Inventor is a powerful software package that allows engineers to design parts, create assemblies, animate assemblies and create real life renderings of their models. Start designing your Robot and install the download the FREE software for students & educators:
VEX CAD Library: