Introductory workshop for joining our Competition Team

Rolling Robots Vex IQ Workshops come to Irvine


As summer winds down Rolling Robots is offering two vex IQ workshops on August 19th and 26th in Irvine, California. These workshops are an intensive but entry level opportunity for students that are potentially interested in robotics competition. Perfect for students at the elementary and early middle school levels, the workshops will teach building, design process, and coding before moving into the specifics of robotics competition, strategy, and team management.

Workshop 1: Build and Code VEX IQ

Learn to build and code robots using the VEX IQ system. Directed at the elementary school level, students will build a robot and write code which will operate the robot’s sensors. The robot is the same type of robot used by professional VEX IQ Competition Teams.

Workshop 2: VEX IQ Competition Training Workshop

Compete in a 2018 VEX IQ Challenge game. Students will build a robot to play the VEX game ‘Next Level’, which requires students to code the robot for autonomous operation and also pilot the robot manually via remote control. Along the way they will learn problem solving and teamwork skills.

The workshops are located near John Wayne Airport in a shared space at 18021 Cowan St. Irvine CA, 92614. These intro workshops are 4-hour drop-off sessions on Sunday mornings with a class size of 10 students or less studying under 2 instructors. Please have your student bring snacks or a light lunch; all other materials are supplied.


About Joining a Rolling Robots VEX IQ Team:

At the conclusion of these workshops we will be selecting new members for the Rolling Robots Competition Teams. Our teams are highly regarded and have won awards at every Vex World Championship for the last 5 years. Teams always perform better when they are made up of close friends so please consider mentioning these classes to other students in your circle of friends that you think might be interested.

Link to Info and Registration: Irvine VEX IQ Workshops

Also you can read more and like our page about these workshops on the Rolling Robots Facebook

Become the next Robotics Champion! Start training at a Rolling Robots Summer Camp

Think Award

Rolling Robots is extremely proud to report that our youngest elementary VEX IQ team won the prestigious THINK AWARD at the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship; they were up against 400 other teams at the world's largest robotics competition and managed to come out on top! Congratulations everyone!

Looking forward, we hope to inspire more children to get involved in robotics competition for the upcoming season. This summer, Rolling Robots makes it easy for all students ages 8 and up to start their training with three separate paths towards competition excellence.

Want to join in on the fun? Summer is the best time to join a Rolling Robots Team. Our teams are by invitation only and we usually select the best students from our regular membership. During summer there is an opportunity to learn and prove your child's abilities to join a team by taking up to 3 weeks of summer camp. Depending on prior experience they should take a building camp, a coding camp and a competition team camp.

Summer Camp Options

Click the Icons below for more info and schedule of each camp.

First off, we recommend everyone (age 7 and older) take our Robots Rock camp. This is our onboarding camp that will teach the campers the basics of robot building and let them experience the fun of building their own robot.

Robots Rock

Students learn about structures, gears, motors, wheels, and the use of tools to build their own remote controlled robots with the VEX system.

Next, depending on age and interest, select one of the two following paths to learn more about coding and competition games and get prepared for joining our Competition Team:

Elementary School Level

The team is the VEX IQ Robotics Challenge. The fast track camps are:

VEX IQ Building and Coding

Learn to build and code robots using the VEX IQ system. Directed at elementary school level, students will build a robot and learn to code for several sensors. The robot is the same type of robot used by the VEX IQ Competition Teams.

Vex IQ Competition

Compete in a 2018 VEX IQ Challenge game. Students will build a robot to play the game Next Level. They will learn to code for the autonomous part of the game and learn to drive for the driver part of the game. Along the way they will learn problem solving and teamwork skills.

Middle School Level

The team is the VEX EDR Robotics Challenge. The fast track camps are:

Vex EDR Code with Robot C

Students will learn to program VEX robots in the Robot C Language (which is used in Robotics Competitions). Students will learn to implement motors, remote control, digital and analog sensors.

VEX EDR Competition

Build, Program and Compete in 2018 VEX Challenge game.


Five Rolling Robots' teams were qualified to compete at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky from April 24 to May 1, 2018 (see event info here: VEX World 2018). This was the culmination of a year long season of building, coding, and competing in many local and state robotics events.

Team 7700

All high schools made it to the VEX World Championship. Team 7700R (which consisted of students from Palos Verdes High School, Penninsula High School, Chadwick School, California Academy of Math and Science, and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts) won several tournaments this season, including the prestigious Pan Pacific Championship. They made it to the World Championship after being ranked 12th in the world in Robot Skills. Team 6007X consisted of students from North Hollywood High School, and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies and ranked 18th in the world. Team 7700S consisted of students from Chadwick School and Palos Verdes High School and ranked 34th in Robot Skills. .

The High school teams did really well considering the tough competition. Each team won more than they lost and team 7700R made it to the elimination rounds as the 7th seed.

Two elementary school teams qualified for the World Championship with Team 7700P ranking 5th in the California State Championship and Team 7700V winning the Design Award in the California State Championship for engineering process.

There were total of 400 elementary level teams at this year's VEX Robotics World Championship. Team 7700V became the highlight of our 2018 World Championship trip when they won the prestigious Think Award, the top award for the use of robotics CODE.

These young coders used the Robot C language to program their robot. One of the unique advanced features they incorporated was a code selector using the led touch sensors and a switch/case logic structure. Not only were they able learn how to make this code work they were able to describe it to a team of judges in a professional way. Great work for a group of 4th and 5th graders.

Think Award

The Think Award is presented to a team that has developed and effectively used quality programming as part of their strategy to solve the game challenge. The winning team’s members were able to explain their programming process from strategy to syntax.

Key criteria for the Think Award:
  • All programming is cleanly written, well documented, and easy to understand.
  • Team has explained a clear programming strategy to solve the game challenge.
  • Team demonstrates their programming management process, including version history.
  • Students understand and explain how they worked together to develop their robot programming.

All teams enjoyed the final ceremonies and the new game announcements. Parents enjoyed seeing the sights of Kentucky as well as the nice team dinners and social gatherings. The World Championship was held just one week before the Kentucky Derby so we were able to enjoy some of the festivities , including balloon glow and dawn at the downs.

Thanks so much to everybody who attended, participated, and showed support. We have some more events and teams' forming coming up in the near future, so stay tuned for more news from the Robot Doc! For now, it's time to sign up Rolling Robots' Summer Camps.

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