SPCBots understand that robotics is very new and exciting and encourages everyone’s creativity. However, in the excitement of signing up to join SPCBots you may miss some important information. So we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and all the information you need to get the most out of SPCBots as robotics is the way of the future!

What is VEX and VEX IQ?

VEX and VEX IQ is the international robotics competition we compete in. VEX is for secondary aged students while VEX IQ is for primary and intermediate aged students. VEX and VEX IQ robotics teaches skills that in our ever advancing world will be invaluable in the near future. The VEX and VEX IQ system is based around the STEM concept which gives students the chance to learn through exploration and increases motivation and desire to succeed.

What is expected of my child?

Students who chose to do robotics are representing the school at the events, so as well as showing their ROCK expectations, students are expected to:
- Help with fundraising efforts
- Have their robot ready to compete in scrimmages
- Keep and up to date record of their Design process through their design books
- Enter online challenges during Terms 3 and 4
- Complete a STEM research project. (VEX IQ Only)
- Attend build sessions during break times or after school on Tuesday or Thursday.

When is the season?

As VEX and VEX IQ was founded in America, the season runs in line with their school year, with the season ending with the World Robotics Championships at the end of April. However, Kiwibots has founded the Kiwi Challenge which is a mini challenge that runs after nationals in February until the new game elements arrive in May.

Am I allowed to help my Child build/programme their robot?

We understand that robotics is very exciting and while we encourage parents to attend the scrimmages, it is vital that all the work done on these robots are done by the students. It is important to remember that these students may become the engineers of the future so must learn from their errors.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us and we will get back to you.