2019 Vertical Robotics Competition

For High School and Middle School Students

2019 Vertical Robotics Competition
Presented By

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas  |  University of Texas, Arlington

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2019 Vertical Robotics Competition

On Demand Mobility: Food Court Delivery & Air Taxi Challenge
Presented By BELL

The 2019 Vertical Robotics Competition (drone competition) will return for a third season, inspiring future engineers in the fields of flight, engineering, and manufacturing.

The future of flight is evolving and so are STEM-based competitions. This year’s Vertical Robotics Competition will include students representing schools from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area. These teams of students, led by coaches, mentors and teachers will design, test, and navigate drones through a simulated food court setting – delivering food items to various locations.

The event will also include a simulated Air Taxi service. To earn success, teams must work together in a collaborative manner to create an autonomous flight plan and solutions for the aforementioned design and flight challenges.

Competition Brackets

  • High School Competition
  • Middle School Competition

This is Not Your Typical Drone Competition

  • Competition of the Mind and Maker
  • Combining Both Drones + Robotics
  • On Demand Mobility to Simulate Moving Payload, People, and Products

Competition Events Include:

  • Autonomous Line Following
  • Food Court Delivery Service
  • Simulated Air Taxi Service
  • Interaction with Ground Robots
  • Team Presentations
  • Separate Middle School Event: Synchronized Dancing Drone Competition

Upcoming Event

Highlights Of Last Year’s Event

Entry Fee and What's Included

High School Competition Entry Fee

$3,500 is the registration fee for one team to enter the 2019 Vertical Robotics Competition

The Fee Includes

The one-time registration fee includes:

  • Entry in the 2019 VRC, which includes the opportunity to compete in at least 6 events
  • Customized UAS Kit for 2019

    • Upscaled RubIQ-XL UAV provided by PCS Edventures/Thrust UAVs
    • First Person View Goggles
    • Dual Transmitters (For Pilot and Navigator)
    • Also included: smaller scale drone included in kit for training and practice

Click Here To View The Full Details of the RubIQ-XL and Read The Items Included In The Kit

Competition Rules, Regulations, & FAQs

Competition Rules, Regulations, and FAQs

High School Rulebook (click to view, download, and print PDF)
Middle School Rulebook (click to view, download, and print PDF)

High School FAQ Page
Middle School FAQ Page

Vertical Robotics Competition Information

Primary Goal, and Focus

The primary goal of the Vertical Robotics Competition (VRC) is to provide a fun, competitive, and unique platform for educators to mentor and coach students on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork.

Due to the exponential growth of the drone industry, students may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. The VRC competition fosters this new technological landscape with real-life application through event challenges and a competition core value of introducing students to exploration, innovation, and real-world applicability through hands-on exploration.

Primary Outcomes Include

Primary Outcomes Include:

  • Fun!
  • Real-Life Applicability in a Friendly, but Competitive Environment
  • Collaboration & Teamwork
  • Design Experience
  • Manufacturing Experience in a MakerSpace Environment
  • Engineering and Design
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Enhance Presentation and Marketing Skillsets
  • Build Experience and Awareness of Industry Application and Future Opportunity
Competition Design

Competition Design

The Competition has been specifically designed to introduce 21st century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in and out of the classroom! Drones and UAVs are the perfect competitive and educational platform for students to become familiar with and learn more about the many facets of drones, robotics, and the future of this budding industry and how it applies to real life and future opportunity.

All of our challenges have been designed to encourage and build: enjoyment, teamwork, curiosity, critical thinking, courage, and creativity.

It’s time to take off and build STEM skills that will lay the foundation for many years to come. Join this movement and prepare to inspire the development and preparation of the entire student.

All Drone Simulations, Design, and Challenges Encompass

All Drone Simulations, Design, and Challenges Encompass

  • Real-world Applicability
  • 21st-century success skills
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence
  • Agility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
  • Effective Oral, Written, and Digital Communication
  • Accessing and Analyzing Information
  • Curiosity, Imagination and Innovation
  • Organization and Collaboration

Can’t participate in this competition or want to learn more about upcoming competitions, venues, and dates?

Currently, this competition is by special invitation only. However, please complete the contact form below to receive additional information, join the growing waitlist, and learn more how our invitation process works.

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Competition Policies & Disclaimers
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"This Is The World Cup of Aerial Robotics"

Our Robotics Club, which is all-girls, enjoyed the ability to mesh technology with the arts. The ‘aerial visual arts concept’ attracted a variety of interests and backgrounds from within our school, which is extremely rare. We will continue to compete in future challenges. Until then…

~ Mary T. | Science Olympiad and Club Coach | Madison, WI

"The Aerial Autonomous Competition Was More Fun For Me Then The Students "

Our team just returned from the Aerial Robotics League competition. The ride home was a 3-hour journey, but the time went quickly because all we talked about was how exciting and challenging your competition was. As a parent, the experience leading up to the event was enjoyable to watch unfold. However, the event day was what made me the most proud. All of those hours of team collaboration came together perfectly in the perfect aerial robotics symphony. Great fun and learning.

~ David P. | Parent and Middle School Science Teacher

"Finally a Drone Competition that is similar to First League. Tremendous"

Awesome, awesome, awesome. Watching the kids come together and compete against other teams of students was so enjoyable to watch. Controlling a drone is not only a skill, but has real applicability to the future of tomorrow’s generation. We didn’t come in first place this year, but all of us who experienced the event WON!

~ Susan M. | Robotics Coach and Mother

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