The VEX IQ Challenge provides elementary and middle school students (aged 8–14) with exciting, open-ended robotics, engineering and research project challenges that enhance their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

VEX IQ Challenge teams solve an annual game challenge by designing, building and programming a robot. Students work in teams to score points in teamwork matches and in Robot Skills Challenge. The 2020–2021 challenge is VIQC Squared Away. 

Team Registration

  • Each team must be a combination of students in grades 3–8.
  • Teams must consist of at least two students.
  • Teams must be composed of active NSBE Jr. members.
  • Attendance at the 47th Annual Convention is required.

Held at NSBE’s Annual Convention March 22 - March 26, 202 3, in Kansas City, MO.Application Procedure

VEX IQ Challenge registration is completed via an online application through Jotform. The application can be found here. To fully complete registration, each team must also complete registration at Each team interested in participating in the 2020–2021 program year must submit an application for the program and meet all of the team requirements. Completing all of the information in the application is vital.

Critical 2022 - 2023 Dates

For quick reference, the following target dates are listed to ensure your participation in VEX IQ Challenge. For further information on the upcoming NSBE conferences, please visit



VEX IQ Team Application
Final submission deadline is Sunday, November 21, 2022. Participation confirmation will be sent out by Friday, December 10, 2022. Early applications will be notified on a rolling basis.
VEX IQ 2022 - 2023 Registration
All teams need to register through The Rise Above details can be found on the VEX IQ Competition website.
National Competition
Held at NSBE’s Annual Convention March 22 - March 26, 202 3, in Kansas City, MO.

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