Vex Robotics

Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round in a variety of matches.


The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and NSBE developed a partnership to establish VEX Robotics Competition teams through NSBE’s Pre-College Initiative (PCI). Each year, an exciting engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, build innovative robots and compete year-round in a variety of matches. In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management and critical thinking.

The VEX Robotics Competition prepares students to become future innovators with 95% of participants reporting an increased interest in STEM subject areas and pursuing STEM-related careers. The challenge for the 2023 – 2024 season is called Over Under. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring Triballs in Goals, and by Elevating at the end of the Match.

The VEX IQ Full Volume game manual can be found here.


Every VEX Robotics team must:

  • Apply to participate at NSBE’s Annual Convention here
  • Register your VEX team and receive your team number at
  • Each team must be a combination of students in grades 9 – 12.
  • Teams must consist of at least two (2) and maximum of ten (10) ACTIVE NSBE Jr members.
  • Attend the 50th Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA. 
  • Chapter advisor and team coaches must provide a satisfactory NSBE background check with Info Cubic.

Critical Dates

  • Team Resources, Registration & Application

    Register your team on and submit application to compete at NSBE’s 50th Annual Convention here 

  • National Competition

    Held at NSBE’s Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA

Black Excellence Engineered

We envision a world in which engineering is a mainstream word in homes and communities of color, and all Black students can envision themselves as engineers. In this world, Blacks exceed parity in entering engineering fields, earning degrees, and succeeding professionally.
The NSBE membership year spans August 1 – July 31.

The membership fee is $5 annually. There may be additional chapter and regional dues you have to pay to be considered a fully active member.
If you choose not to be affiliated with a chapter in your local area, you will be considered a member “At-Large," classified by your geographical region. Members At-Large receive the same national benefits as those who belong to a chapter.

If you have any questions, please contact NSBE's Membership and Registration team at