Robotics Education Ireland

Awards - VEX IQ (Primary)


VEX IQ Awards

Teams should consider their season a success if they learned something new and had fun in applying their knowledge and skills to the VEX IQ Challenge. Events provide a great opportunity to share and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of the student participants!

This section details the full list of awards presented in the VEX IQ Challenge Program. Most local and regional events will offer a small subset of these awards, based on the number of teams at their event. The only event likely to present each and every one of these awards will be VEX Worlds, as warranted by the hundreds of teams participating. The awards presented at each event are chosen by the event planning committee with the help of their Regional Support Manager.


Excellence Award

The Excellence Award is the highest award presented in the VEX IQ Challenge. This award is presented to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a high quality VEX robotics program. This team is a strong contender in numerous award categories. Excellence winners must have an Engineering Notebook and a STEM Research Project presentation. Key criteria:

  • Design Award ranking
  • STEM Research Project Award ranking
  • Teamwork Challenge Qualification Matches ranking
  • Robot Skills Challenge ranking
  • Other Judged award rankings
  • High quality VEX robotics program

Design Award

The Design Award recipient demonstrates the ability to implement the most effective and efficient robot design process. Their Engineering Notebook and discussion with the Judges will demonstrate the team’s ability to produce a quality robot with minimal adult assistance. Only teams that submit Engineering Notebooks are eligible for the Design Award. Key criteria:

  • Engineering Notebook is a clear, complete, and organised document of the robot design process.
  • Team demonstrates effective management of skills, time, and material resources.
  • Students understand and explain how they developed an effective game strategy and robot design.
  • Students demonstrate teamwork and effective communication skills.

Judges will use the Design Award Rubric to evaluate the teams’ performance on the award criteria. The first part of the Design Award Rubric is used to evaluate the quality of a team’s Engineering Notebook. The second part of the rubric is then used to evaluate the students’ understanding and application of an effective robot design process, as demonstrated in their team pit interview with Judges. The Design Award Rubric is available in the Judge Guide and at


Teamwork Champion Award (2 teams)

The Teamwork Champion Award is presented to each of the two teams on the winning alliance in the Teamwork Challenge Finals Matches.

STEM Research Project Award

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Research Project Award is presented to the team that shares the most effective STEM Research Project presentation. This presentation, as well as the followup discussion with Judges, effectively demonstrates the students’ significant depth of understanding of their topic and research findings. The presentation will also highlight the students’ work in sharing what they learned in an effective format. Key criteria:

  • Identifies a challenge topic of interest that relates to the STEM theme for the season
  • Completes research and collects evidence using reliable sources
  • Demonstrates a well-organized and documented process to study and explain the research findings
  • Describes how the research findings were applied to develop and test the solution
  • Shares the solution in an effective and creative presentation
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of the entire research process

Students demonstrate teamwork and effective communication skills Additional details on the STEM Research Project, including the STEM Research Project rubric, are available at:



Robot Skills Champion Award

The Robot Skills Champion Award is presented to the team with the highest combined Programming Skills Challenge and Driving Skills Challenge score. A team’s combined score will be determined by adding their highest Programming Skills Challenge score and their highest Driving Skills Challenge score at a single event. Teams participating in only one of the two skills challenges will receive a zero score in the challenge in which they did not participate. Some events may choose not to offer this award.

Judges Award

The Judges Award is presented to a team that the Judges determine is deserving of special recognition. Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or endeavours throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards, but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition.



Sportsmanship Award

The Sportsmanship Award is presented to a team that has earned the respect and admiration of the volunteers and other teams at the event. VEX Worlds uses ballots for this award. Key criteria:

  • Team is courteous, helpful, and respectful to everyone at the event, on and off the field
  • Team interacts with others on the game field in the spirit of friendly collaboration
  • Team demonstrates respect and willingness to help event staff, other teams, and spectators
  • Team demonstrates excitement and enthusiasm throughout the event