New Teacher Interested in Starting VEX

Hello everyone, I am a high school teacher at a project-based school and am planning out projects for next school year (admittedly difficult as everything is variable). I have always thought robotics was interesting, but have no experience and little knowledge of robotics competitions. Does anyone have any resources they could recommend me, so this doesn’t feel like such an obstacle? I would greatly appreciate any help!

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Vex offers Stem labs which have a variety of projects as well as directions on how to use the vex system

https://education.vex.com/edr/stem-labs/

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Well, are you planning on starting a compeititon team, or just classroom projects? These are very different platforms.

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You can get great examples from watching youtube and stuff. Also if you go to the VexIq page you will see some ideas you can build from instructions some just need the superkit.

This is VexIq:https://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq/resources/robot-builds

This is Vex V5: https://www.vexrobotics.com/download-search?refinementList[document_types][0]=Build%20Instructions&refinementList[product_lines][0]=VEX%20EDR

I forgot what you call the Super Kit in V5, Sorry

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It depends on if you want to do the competition or not. This year is bit of a disaster so it might not end up well this year. My teacher at school does a few things with the robots in the class, then allows an after school program for people who are interested in the team. If you’re interested in starting a team, you should look at the rec foundation’s website. https://www.roboticseducation.org/. Vex can be very expensive by the way. This forum is generally used by students. I’m sure there would be some sort of support email for questions that you can get at that website. Emailing that support email would probably be more beneficial than asking on this forum. There’s also pages about starting a team.

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just a quick note that vex iq is only for middle / elementary school students, seeing that you are a high school teacher, you might want to do vex edr instead (the tags on the thread says iq)

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I recommend joining the vex world coaches association on Facebook, to have discussion with other mentors, teachers, and coaches centered around how to run successful robotics programs.

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Hi and welcome to VEX! If you are just starting with VEX IQ, then my suggestion would be to become a VEX Certified Educator with our free, online professional development: https://certifications.vex.com/training/vex-iq/iq-educator-certification-course

This free course contains information on coding, mechanics, and competitions–everything you need to get started.

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First off, if you’re a high school teacher, I would recommend changing the category of this thread away from VexIQ, as that’s only for elementary and middle school students(I could be wrong though), but overall, it really does matter whether you’re doing the actual competition or just lessons. I go to a school that uses project based learning, and we do the lessons in our robotics class, and we can (optionally) play the comp in robotics club.

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