See how one robot can change the course of a student’s life. In the VEX IQ Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April!

 Join Grandville VEX IQ!

Robotics Teams for Grandville 4th through 6th graders! 

Our VEX IQ teams are fun!  You will be teamed up with classmates from your elementary school and then:

The Game:

VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.

Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

The Details:

The scoring objects in VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away are 3” diameter Balls and 7” Cubes. There are a total of (35) Balls and (7) Cubes on the field. The object of the game is to score as many points as possible with your alliance partner in one of two ways: by scoring Balls in or on Cubes, and by moving Cubes to their respective Scoring Zones.


Each Ball scored inside Cube
1 point
Each Ball scored on top of a Cube
2 points
Each Red or Blue Cube placed in its respective Scoring Zone
10 Points
Each Green Cube scored on a Platform
20 points


Please register your child by Monday, August 26.

To register your student in Grades 4, 5 and 6for VEX IQ, go to

Our elementary robotics teams are coached by volunteer parent coaches. Please consider coaching your child’s team this year.

The VEX IQ 2019-2020  game, Squared Away, was unveiled last April at the 2019 World Championship.   Game rules can be found here.

The 2019-2020 VEX IQ schedule is still being finalized.  Practice times will be set by each team’s coach and will vary based on each team’s availability but should happen at the teams school.  League Play will start in mid-October.  Each team will sign up for a league that will play every other Monday nights at in Grandville or Jenison through November.

The 2019-2020 VEX tournament schedule (teams can attend two tournaments):

  • November 16:  Allendale Middle School
  • November 23: Jenison
  • January 5th:  MS EDR & Elementary VEX IQ Tournament

Other potential tournaments:

  • February 29th: State Championship @ Grand Traverse Resort