VRC Middle School - Theme It Up! Challenge
Each year, new VEX Robotics competition games are unveiled at the VEX Robotics World Championships. Game videos are simultaneously released, in which the basic game rules are explained and game objects and scoring are defined. For many teams this is the highlight of the entire season! There is one thing the game leaves to your imagination… a theme. Entries for this online challenge will create and present a theme that ties the current game’s objects, scoring, and rules into an engaging and creative story.
Use your imagination to turn the current game (Spin Up for VRC) into an immersive world where one team works against another, or against some obstacle. Tell us what the teams are trying to accomplish, who they are, and how the game objects tie into the narrative. Game and field objects should have names and purposes that relate to your theme, and play roles in the outcome of the story.
|Elementary School||Middle School||High School||College / University||No Grade Level Restrictions|
|VEX Robotics Competition|
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 two (2) prize packages:
VRC Middle School
VRC High School
Teams must be part of a registered VRC team for the current season.
This page is for VRC Middle School 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
Give your game a story or theme. Create a report and video that use the current (Spin Up for VRC) game definitions, objects, and scoring to tell an engaging story. Your theme must use the rules included in the current Game Manual. Your submission will consist of a theme “unveil” video and a PDF file that includes a storyboard, images, and text.
Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:
A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.
Video Upload Instructions
PDF Upload Instructions
Up to 15 points for a well-structured video that uses clear narration and visuals to introduce the game and overall theme
Up to 15 points for a video that identifies key rules, objects, and interactions
Up to 15 points for a PDF that includes a storyboard portraying the action in the video
Up to 15 points for a PDF that includes:
Visuals that present a game field transformed to include theme-based elements
Text that introduces the theme, provides names for game and field objects, and explains the objectives of the robots
Up to 15 points for the quality and readability of the prose and writing, including spelling, grammar, and sentence structure
Up to 15 points for a creative final product that is enjoyable to read and watch, well designed, and engaging