Reverse Engineering Challenge - Middle School
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.
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One (1) Winner: $500 VEX Robotics gift certificate; if the winning entry is from a VIQRC or VRC team that has competed in their program with a physical robot during their competition season, they will also receive an automatic qualification to the 2024 VEX World Championships
Four (4) Finalists: $100 VEX Robotics gift certificate
Finalists and winners will be selected at each of the following grade levels, for a total of two (2) prize packages:
VRC High School
Teams must be part of a registered VEX Robotics team for the current season.
This page is for Middle School entries only - if you are any other program or grade level, please refer to the Online Challenge listings 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.
By uploading a submission to an REC Foundation Online Challenge, you agree to follow the Submission Guidelines and certify that you understand the Intellectual Property Rights held by you and the REC Foundation regarding your submission. Please review the Submission Guidelines and Intellectual Property Rights information at this link before uploading your submission.
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 and lessons learned in a report.
Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:
A submission must meet these minimum requirements in order to be judged.
Note: Beginning with the 2023-24 season, challenge entries must be uploaded by the primary contact for a registered team. This individual should ensure that the submission meets all requirements and criteria before uploading.
Up to 5 points for an introduction identifying the electronic device selected, and why it was chosen
Up to 5 points for a summary of the components found inside the device, and research findings of what the components do and the roles they play in the system
Up to 5 points for a conclusion describing the lessons learned from this project
Up to 5 points for clear presentation of findings and organization of content
Up to 5 points for the quality and readability of the writing, including spelling, grammar, and sentence structure
- Up to 5 points for the quality and thoroughness of images used to document the project