VEX U - Reverse Engineering Online Challenge sponsored by Texas Instrument
VEX Robotics competitors design and create complex machines and elaborate code, but don’t usually get to see the technology and components inside the electronics they use in the classroom and competitions. Entries for this challenge will explore the inner workings of an electronic device at a part-by-part level.
Choose an electronic device, carefully deconstruct it, and catalog the parts you find inside. As you go, document your process and findings with text and images. Conduct online research on the components you discover, and try to identify their roles within the electronic system. Your submission will tell us what you learned by taking a closer look inside and reverse engineering a complex electronic device.
|Elementary School||Middle School||High School||College / University||No Grade Level Restrictions|
1st: $500 VEX Robotics gift certificate and automatic team qualification for this season's VEX Robotics World Championship
4 Finalists: $100 VEX Robotics gift certificate
Finalists and winners will be selected at each of the following programs and grade ranges, for a total of five (5) prize packages:
VIQC Elementary School
VIQC Middle School
VRC Middle School
VRC High School
Teams must be part of a registered VEX IQ, VRC, or VEX U team for the current season.
This page is for VEX U enteries only - if you are any other program or grade level, please refer to the Online Challenge Page to find the correct page for your program and grade level.
Only one entry per team is permitted. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may submit one entry. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit an entry, but team 123A could not submit two entries. Entries must vary in content and presentation to be considered separate entries.
Entries submitted in previous years’ Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
Rules of the Challenge
Explore and document the inner workings of an electronic device. Your submission should use a combination of text and images to document and describe what you find inside an electronic device. We challenge you to choose a device you don’t mind breaking apart (for example, an old phone) then carefully deconstruct it to see what’s inside. Identify and research the components,try to determine what role they serve in the device’s design, and summarize your findings in a report.
Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:
A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.
Upload InstructionsClick the green Enter Challenge button on the right side of the screen.