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Engineering for Kids

VEX IQ Robotics Challenge

The Pakistan chapter of Engineering for Kids conducted the first ever Vex IQ Robotics Challenge in Pakistan.

The purpose of the VEX IQ Challenge is to provide students with exciting, open-ended robotics challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

The VEX IQ Challenge fosters student development of the teamwork, critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to prepare them to become the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

The VEX IQ Challenge was held at NUML University Islamabad.

A number of teams from different school participated.

Two teams from The Science School Rawalpindi Campus participated in the competition.

It was a four day event.


Day 1 (8th March 2019, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

The objective of the first day was to introduce the students to Vex IQ and explain the rules of the Bank Shot Challenge. The Bank Shot Challenge is a game which the students were going to play with their robots. The winners were going to be determined based on the score they achieved in this game.

On the first day the teams were also allowed to run already built robots with controllers.

Day 2 (9th March 2019, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Each team was provided a Vex IQ Robotics kit and laptop with the manual to build a robot called Clawbot. By the end of this session all the teams had built a Clawbot.


Day 3 (15th March 2019, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

The teams were given a chance to modify their robots to be able to score more points in the Bank Shot challenge.

Day 4 (16th March 2019, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm)

This was the day of the actual competition. The competition comprised of two rounds.

Round 1 was a team work challenge.

In this round all the teams were paired randomly with other teams. Both teams were supposed to work together to score maximum points.

Both robots were placed at starting positions on the Bank Shot field. The robots were controlled by the students using a controller. The robots were supposed try to:

  • Remove maximum balls from the ramp
  • Move balls into the scoring area
  • Drop balls into the bin
  • Park on the ramp

Two students from each team drove the robot.

They only had 60 sec. The driver of the robot was switched after 30 sec.

Every team got 3 chances in round 1.

Round 2 was an individual challenge.

Each team played the Bank Shot challenge individually with their robot. Only one driver controlled the robot in this 60 sec challenge.

The final scores for each team were determined by adding the maximum score attained in Round 1 to the score of Round 2.

Out teams showed great enthusiasm, innovation and team work throughout the challenge.


The Science School Rawalpindi Campus (Team 1- Class 8) got 2ndposition.

Team oneincluded the following students.

  1. Alina Hassan (8GY)
  2. Ayaan Faisal (8GN)
  3. Syed Zaeem Ali Mohsin (8YW)
  4. MamoonSeir (8YW)