If you’re reading this, you probably have a child who has joined or is interested in joining a VEX Robotics team. Congratulations! The VEX Robotics competitions will introduce your student to coding, engineering, real-world problem solving, innovative thinking, and communication skills while giving them opportunities to build lifelong skills and friendships. This set of resources and articles will help you encourage and support your student’s STEM journey.
The term “Parent'' is used for simplicity in this article to indicate any parent, caregiver, guardian, or grownup responsible for a child.
What Other VEX Parents Have to Say
Welcome From a VEX Parent
More Interviews With Parents and Students
Watch and learn from interviews of VEX parents as they describe the growth and learning they have witnessed in their children through participation in VEX Robotics.
Universities Want Robotics Students
Supporting STEM Students
Learn the many ways you can encourage and foster your student in Robotics and STEM. This article covers things parents can provide, the many ways you can help at a tournament, and how your help makes a difference. There are also some pointers on things parents should not do.
Read the articles “How Can Parents Help?” and “Your Kid Just Joined a Robotics Team. What Does That Mean?”
Go even further and learn about coding a robot at vr.vex.com. VR stands for Virtual Robots and VEXcode VR is free.
Understanding Robotics Competitions
Attending a VEX Robotics event is a lot of fun. But it’s even more fun if you know a little bit about what is going on.
- Event types
- How VEX is Student Centered
- VEX IQ Slapshot Competition
- VRC Spin Up Competition
Learn more at VEX Tournaments 101
Code of Conduct
The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation considers the positive, respectful, and ethical conduct of all students, teachers, mentors, parents, and other event attendees an important and essential component of all REC Foundation-sanctioned events.
We expect the following behavior and ethical standards at all REC Foundation-sanctioned events:
- Act with integrity, honesty, and reliability
- Behave in a respectful and professional manner with event staff, volunteers, and fellow competitors
- Exhibit maturity and class when dealing with difficult and stressful situations
- Respect individual differences
- Follow all rules as listed in the current game manual(s)
- Student-centered teams with limited adult assistance
- Safety as a top priority
- Good sportsmanship, which includes supporting your alliance partners
These expectations apply to all team members and all adults associated with a team including, but not limited to, teachers, mentors, parents and guardians. This Code may also apply to behavior outside of REC Foundation-sanctioned events where inappropriate actions are related to an event or participating individuals.
Read more about the Code of Conduct
The REC Foundation partners with over 50 organizations, universities, and colleges to offer a scholarship program.
Learn more at scholarships.vex.com.