The VEX IQ Challenge provides elementary and middle school students (aged 8–14) with exciting, open-ended robotics, engineering and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

VEX IQ Challenge teams solve an annual game challenge by designing, building and programming a robot. Students work in teams to score points in teamwork matches and in Robot Skills Challenge. The 2020–2021 challenge is VIQC Squared Away.

Team Registration

  • Each team must be a combination of students in grades 3–8.
  • Teams must consist of at least two students.
  • Teams must be composed of active NSBE Jr. members.
  • Attendance at the 47th Annual Convention is required.

Application Procedure

VEX IQ Challenge registration is completed via an online application through Jotform. The application can be found here. To fully complete registration, each team must also complete registration at Each team interested in participating in the 2020–2021 program year must submit an application for the program and meet all of the team requirements. Completing all of the information in the application is vital.

Critical 2020 - 2021 Dates

For quick reference, the following target dates are listed to ensure your participation in VEX IQ Challenge. For further information on the upcoming NSBE conferences, please visit



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