2015 CIE/USA-DFW Skyrise Challenge - VEX Robotics Tournament

2015 VEX Robotics Competition

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CIE/USA-DFW will be hosting the first VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) in its history. The Skyrise Challenge VRC (regional level) will be hosted on Feb 7, 2015, at Rice Middle School, with 24 teams.

VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) is for middle and high school (11-18 years old). This uses the VEX Robotics Design System. It offers teams of students that are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. More than 10,000 teams from 32 countries, in over 750 tournaments. The engineering challenge as game varies by year. The 2014-2015 competition is called Skyrise. There is also a VEX IQ Challenge that is for elementary and middle school (8-14 years old .

Levels of competition:

  • Regional competitions that qualify for state: At least 16 teams in attendance.

  • Regional Championship (North Texas Regional Championship): Feb 21, 2015 (Greenville, TX). This directly qualifies for world championship.

  • World Championship (North Texas Regional Championship): April 15-18 (Louisville, KY). Has been in Dallas, TX and Anaheim, CA multiple times, among a few other locations.

Photo from morning of a VEX event (Prosper High School)

Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April!

Example Day Schedule:(may not match)

7:30 AM

Open doors to teams / begin check-in/inspection

8:00 AM

Open Programming/Skills Challenge

9:00 AM

Close Out the check-in / registration process with all teams in house

9:30 AM

Close robot inspections

10:00 AM

Close Programming/Skills Challenge

10:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies

10:15 AM

Qualification Rounds

12:15 PM

LUNCH/SKILLS (visit our concession stand)

1:00 PM

Continue Qualification Rounds

3:00 PM

Finish Qualification Rounds

3:00 PM

Alliance Selections

3:30 PM

Elimination Round

4:30 PM

Complete Elimination Rounds

5:00 PM

Awards Ceremony


The Head Judge

Ms. Yin Yang is a highly experienced robotics coach and judge. She served as a VEX World Championship Judge for college-level and high school divisions from 2009 to 2015, a Lead Judge for Regional VEX tournament in 2013. She was also Assistant Coach for VEX Team 9090 T-VEX from 2010 to 2012.

Useful Links:

VEX Robotics site: http://www.vexrobotics.com/

The design system on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VEX_Robotics_Design_System

VEX Robotics Competition (VRC): http://www.robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/(robotevents.com is associated with REC Foundation)

For more information about this year's challenge, please visit http://www.vexrobotics.com/wiki/Skyrise



The Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE) was founded in 1917 in New York by a group of Chinese engineers who graduated from American universities and served in various industries in the United States. CIE’s mission is to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) awareness all over the United States. The DFW Chapter was established in January 1989 and registered in the state of Texas as a non-profit organization in 1992. Over the years, the DFW chapter has established close ties with major corporations and government bodies around the world. Leaders from these sponsoring organizations are featured in the chapter’s annual convention by sharing their experiences and insights in business and technology. For more information, visit http://www.cie-dfw.org.