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VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award

This is your big chance to tell us how great your team is! Be creative and have fun making a video which shows one or more of these parts of building VEX IQ Challenge robots:

  • Why other youth would love building robots and should start a team or join your team.
  • What your team does.
  • How you design and build your robot.
  • What you learn from the VEX IQ Challenge.

You will see the rules for the challenge below, but the most important thing is to get people excited about what your team does!


Grade Level Requirements
Elementary School Middle School High School College / University No Grade Level Restrictions
Program Requirements
VEX IQ Robotics Competition


  • 1st: VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award, $750 gift certificate and automatic team qualification for this season's VEX Robotics World Championship
  • 2nd: $500 gift certificate
  • 3rd: $250 gift certificate


  • Entrant grade range: Elementary school, middle school
  • VEX competition team requirement: The team submitting the entry must be registered in the current season's VEX IQ Challenge program.
  • Entries submitted in previous years’ Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.
  • No team may submit more than one entry, but each team in a multi-team school or club program may enter this competition. For example, teams 123A and 123B could each submit a video, but team 123A could not submit two videos.


These are the minimum requirements for this challenge. The “Evaluation Criteria” below will provide additional guidance on how your project will be judged. Failure to fulfill any of these requirements may result in your entry being disqualified from advancing to Finalist or Winner status. If you do not know how to post a video to YouTube, please read this instruction page.

  • Create and post to YouTube an entertaining advertisement or short movie featuring your team and the VEX IQ Challenge experience, up to 90 seconds long.
  • At the end of the video, there should be a credits section including the name of the entrant, the VEX IQ Challenge team number, and the name of the video. The credits should be no longer than 15 seconds (Total allowed video length is 105 seconds with credits included). 
  • Youth team members need to create and produce the video. It is acceptable for adults to help with the technical aspects of creating and submitting a video to YouTube, and adults are encouraged to assist in completing any task that would be difficult or inappropriate for youth in this age group.
  • Post the YouTube video link directly to this online challenge site during the submission process.
  • Please note: you must use music in the public domain, or YouTube may delete your video.
  • Videos submitted in previous Online Challenges are not eligible for submission this year.

Judging Information

Judges will select at least ten finalists from the submitted entries and will use community voting results in their choices of finalists. The finalists' submissions will then be judged by additional selected professionals who will determine the winners of the VEX IQ Challenge Promote Award.

Evaluation Criteria and Additional Information

The Promote Award is presented to a VEX IQ team that has created and submitted an outstanding VEX IQ promotional video. This video promotes the team in the community in order to recruit new students, mentors, and support. This video may be about what the team does, why other youth would love building robots and why they should join the team or start a new team, how the team builds their robot, or what they learn from the VEX IQ Challenge. Different videos may focus on different aspects of the VEX IQ Challenge experience in order to accomplish this goal.

The judges will evaluate each entry on one or all of the following. Your video may cover more than one of these, but needs to include at least ONE of these aspects:

  • This video shows the team process – working and/or having fun together in the lab or at events.
  • This video shows the impact the team has on their school and/or community, promoting STEM and their team, and the VEX IQ Challenge.
  • This video shows how the team designs and builds their robots.
  • This video celebrates the team’s experience attending VEX IQ Challenge events, including the impact that the VEX IQ Challenge program has had on the students and why they would like to continue in the program. This would focus more on how the event experience benefits the participants rather than on the awards and rankings of the team.

The judges will also evaluate each entry on:

  • Good video editing.
  • Effective use of music and sound (all music must be in the public domain).
  • Clarity of the message.
  • Creativity of approach.

Deadline Information

Current time:
Wed, Apr 17, 2024 7:15 AM CDT


Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:00 AM CDT


Wed, Jan 11, 2017 11:00 PM CST

Voting Ends:

Fri, Jan 27, 2017 2:00 PM CST