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Theme It Up! Sponsored by the REC Foundation


Our Judges have begun to review all entries.  We plan to have finalists posted by Tuesday June 22nd and Winners announced by Tuesday June 29th.  Good luck teams.



Theme It Up! sponsored by the REC Foundation

Every year the new game is unveiled at VEX Worlds using a short video. In this video the basic game rules are explained, and game objects and scoring are defined. For some teams this is the highlight of the entire VEX Worlds experience! There is one thing missing though… a theme.

Your challenge is to give this year's game a theme.  Using the exact same rules and definitions, your team must create a story as to why the robots are competing on the field. This is your team's chance to 

  • give names to the game and field objects
  • give purpose to the scoring of those objects on the field
  • tell a story describing the reasons for victory

The Theme It Up! Online Challenge submission must include a storyboard, visuals, explanation as to why robots must meet objectives, and names of game/field objects. The theme must use all the same rules as in the current Game Manual.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing your creative themes!


The story of the little people



The little people live in trees, but their village is threatened by climate change, as it causes wildfires to start in the village. The council of the little people meets to try to figure out what to do, the first councilman asks if they should evacuate the population, but another councilman answers that they have nowhere to go, outside of the village. So the decision is taken, they have to protect the trees. But how? That’s when the old man of the village steps in and says “Then we have no choice, we must use the key passed down from our ancestors, the Vex...


Theme It Up: The Battle at Proxima


The story of the future, climate change, and the path humans must take to save humanity. The story of conflict and greed. The story of The Battle at Proxima. 

Created by Charmaine, Ashita, and Nyla from team 97101W. 

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Wasteland Warriors


Wasteland Warriors

By Team NXS

Hundreds of years in the future, humanity is hiding away in underground shelters. Using rovers, they attempt to raid the other shelters, and this back and forth struggle continues until they discover teleportation gates that had been created back in the modern era. By changing goals into teleportation gates, and balls into hacking chips, the entirety of Change Up is flipped on its head. You can watch the video going over the key points here, and read the full pdf report and how to convert...

Pirates in the Sea of AlangĂ­ - 2772J


Youtube Link (in case it did not show up):

This story follows the Red Ruby pirate alliance and the Salty Sapphire pirate alliance in their battle of the nine islands in the tic-tac-toe archipelago in the Sea of Alangí. Read our description/watch the video to learn more!

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Change Up for the Oonuts! (ITSMQ)


Submission for the Theme It Up! Challenge Sponsored by the REC Foundation by VEX U Team ITSMQ, founded by Vortex, a group of college students at Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) Campus Querétaro.

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Gold Hoarders


Follow along this delightful theme where teams of leprechauns search for gold in this fantastical world created by the Circuit Breakers VEX team.

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VEX Robotics Competition Team Theme It Up!...


This our theme for VEX Change Up, based on a fictional world that our team created.

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