Robotics Club at Rippon Middle School

Club Sponsor: Alec Yutzler ([email protected])

The robotics club at Rippon Middle School allows students to combine science with machinery to compete and face-off against other school teams. Members will research, design, build and program a robot to compete in VEX EDR competitions. Below is information on the competition for the 2020-2021 school year. The competition for this year is named "Change-Up." Students can begin applying for the robotics club by filling out the Microsoft Form application. Please specify which grade you will be in during the 2020-2021 school year in the application. 

VEX Worlds Virtual World Celebration

VEX Robotics at Home with VR

VEXcode VR lets you code a virtual robot using a block-based coding environment powered by Scratch Blocks. VEXcode VR is based on VEXcode, the same programming environment used for our V5 robots at school. We all know that robots make Computer Science (CS) come to life with real-world applications. Now STEM learning can continue while you are at home with no access to physical VEX robots. Try to complete some of the fun challenges offered on this program! To access VEX VR, simply go to on any device!

Links to Challenges from VEX on Google Docs:

VEX Robotics Competition: Change-Up

VRC Change Up Field

Competition Video

The Game:

VEX Robotics Competition Change Up is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. Two (2) Alliances – one (1) “red” and one (1) “blue” – composed of two (2) Teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period, followed by a one minute and forty-five second (1:45) Driver Controlled Period.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by placing Balls in Goals, and Connecting Rows.



There are thirty-two (32) Balls on a VRC Change Up Field. Sixteen (16) Red and sixteen (16) Blue. There are also nine (9) Goals placed around the field.

Balls are to be Scored in Goals. Each scored Ball is worth 1 point for the corresponding Alliance color. The highest scored Ball in a Goal will be owned by the corresponding Alliance color.

If an Alliance owns three goals in any direction (vertical, horizontal or diagonal), they will receive a 6 point bonus for a Connected Row. But be careful, Balls can be descored by the opposing Alliance at any time during the Driver-Control period!

The alliance that scores more points in the Autonomous period is awarded with (6) bonus points, added to the final score at the end of the match. Each Alliance also has the opportunity to earn an additional Win Point by completing their Home Row during the Autonomous Period. This Bonus can be earned by both Alliances, regardless of who wins the Autonomous Bonus


Each Ball Scored in a goal
1 point for the Alliance corresponding to the Ball color
Each Connected Row
6 points for the Alliance corresponding to the Ball color
Autonomous Bonus
6 points
Completed Home Row in Autonomous
1 Win Point