Reccomendations for first-timers?

I just started with the robotics program at my school, what are some things you think a first-timer should know? I started to drive robots, and I think I should probably learn more about everything else involved.

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You should learn all the basics of programing and building too. You can find resources on the official VEX YouTube ( )
and another Chanel on YouTube called Kepler Electronics


The more time you put into building ,programming ,or driving the better you will get, so just do things not only for the team, but to get better at them. (If you have free time and don’t know what to do, program. If you have a cool idea for something to build, build it. Etc)


The Purdue SIGBots Wiki has articles with information various robot subsystems, build techniques, CAD information, and programming algorithms. More information about the wiki can be found on out most recent forum post, as well!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and good luck with your program!


@VincentEpic Please read this past before asking simple question.

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I’m not sure how I would’ve found that

Are you in IQ or VRC? Having done both, by advice will be more specific.

VRC I’m pretty sure 20 char

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Are the parts you build the robot from mostly metal or plastic?

All right, so here are some tips:

  1. VRC is really hard to do without individual roles in a team. Find what your passion is, whether that is Coding, building, designing, strategy, or even notebook and do it really well, especially if you have a large team.
  2. Use your resources. Both official VEX and RECF rubrics abd knowledge bases as well as tons of stuff on YouTube are there for you and will make life easier.
  3. The best way to win is to work hard and to put in the effort. But always have fun.
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notebooks are relevant in VRC :grimacing:

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Yeah but the work should be split pretty evenly. That is why it was not the main thing

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yeah it’s metal so I guess it’d be VRC