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The VEX Robotics system requires much more time and effort to build with than LEGO Mindstorms.  Breaking parts is also much more expensive.  As such, planning what you want to build is important.  CAD software, such as Autodesk Inventor and

Posted in CAD, Design Process, software, Tutorial, VEX


What is the VEX LCD, and why should I use it?The VEX LCD is a two line text screen that can display 16 characters per line.  It also has three buttons for user input.  The LCD connects to one of

Posted in Robot Programming, ROBOTC, Tutorial, VEX

A basic control loop for VEX robots

A common task in VEX competitions is to hold an arm at a specified height. However, due to the weight of most robot arms, the programmer can’t just tell the motor power level to go to zero – the arm

Posted in Control Loops, Robot Programming, Tutorial, VEX

VEX motor or drive issues?

In VRC, teams will often find that their robot operates just fine for a few minutes or matches, but after those few minutes, the motors will stop responding to driver control.  In most cases, this is either a result of

Posted in Tutorial, VEX

Learning about Mechanics

Engino Pumpjack Mechanisms are essential to robot design.  Mechanisms are used to transform forces and motion in a controlled way.  So what’s a good way for young people to learn about them?  We have recently discovered the Engino Mechanical Science

Posted in Mechanisms, NXT, Tutorial, VEX

RobotC Resources

Interested in learning RobotC?  RobotC is easy to use and versatile. You can put it on an NXT, use it in VEX, and I believe FTC too. You’ll learn a lot about programming that will help you when learning other

Posted in Arduino, NXT, ROBOTC, Tutorial, VEX

Another GREAT Book!

Looking for great tips and advice for your VEX or FTC robotics team?  Check this book out!  It is GREAT!   FTC Robotics: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Secrets. It is only $8.63 at  Click here to “look inside” on

Posted in Books, News, VEX

Suggestions on Starting a High School Robotics Team

Thinking of starting a high school robotics team?  Here are some suggestions to help you get started.  First Steps1. Set a team goal of participating in 2 robotics tournaments. (Multiple tournaments encourage design process – lots of learning takes place

Posted in FIRST, Funding, Team Management, VEX

Visiting the FIRST Robotics World Championship

My family had the privilege of visiting the FIRST Robotics World Festival in April. It is a great experience for anyone interested in robotics. There is much to do, even if you are not competing. See our pictures by clicking

Posted in FIRST, FLL, VEX, World Championship