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Robotics Program

Vex Robotics Competition
Vex IQ

Grand Rapids Christian offers various opportunities for students interested in robotics and problem solving through team participation.

VEX IQ Challenge (IQ) is a beginner-level robotics program for students in grades 5-6. Students work in small groups to design, build, and program a robot to perform tasks to earn points on a game field. VEX IQ uses snap-in-place pieces for rapid prototyping and testing. Although IQ is student-centered, it requires significant supervision and family involvement. Please Email coaches if you are interested. Get more information about VEX IQ here.

VEX Competition Robotics (VRC) is a competitive robotics program for students in grades 7-12. Students collaborate in small groups to design, build, and program a robot to perform tasks to earn points on a game field. VEX is student-focused, meaning students are responsible for the work, not coaches. It fosters skills such as creativity, teamwork, leadership, perseverance, and problem solving, which are essential to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. Students in grades 7-8 will practice about twice a week in the evenings  from September through December. Some students may be invited to continue until early March. The high school level is more demanding, and students may practice up to six times a week, both in the afternoons and evenings. The high school season typically continues until late February, with the possibility of competing at the World Competition in late April. Get more information about VEX VRC here.

Registration costs varies based on the age level and program. Registration  includes a team t-shirt, all robot parts and supplies, and participation in all team events during the main season. We understand that this is an expensive program! To keep individual registration fees low, we have team sponsors, apply for grants, and participate in fundraisers. Additionally, we offer scholarships for families who need assistance (please email coaches for more information). To register, use the links below (one to provide information and the other to pay). Email coaches with questions about the program or scholarships.