2019 BELL Vertical Robotics Competition

For High School and Middle School Students


2019 BELL Vertical Robotics Competition

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

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2019 BELL Vertical Robotics Competition

On Demand Mobility
Autonomy, Food Court Delivery & Air Taxi Challenge

The 2019 BELL 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. The 2019 BELL Vertical Robotics Competition (VRC) will include high school 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 will have 8 weeks to work together in a collaborative manner to optimize an autonomous flight plan, design robotic solutions and practice their flight skills for the aforementioned design challenges.

Separately, middle school students will have the opportunity to register teams to compete in the Synchronized Dancing Drone Competition (DDC). 

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 Product

Competition Events Include:

  • Autonomous Line Following
  • Food Court Delivery Service
  • Simulated Air Taxi Service with Interactive Ground Robots
  • Team Presentations

High School Competition

2019 Event Overview Video

Highlights Of Last Year’s Event

2019 Middle School Competition

Synchronized Dancing Drones

Drobots Company, in conjunction with DroneBlocks are presenting a challenging competition for students in middle school. The primary purpose of the competition is literally to represent appropriately the STEAM acronym and merge technology with artistic talent for the Dancing Drone Challenge.

Participating teams will submit their final performances in a virtual manner for the competition judges to review and grade. Judges from around the country and with extremely diverse backgrounds will review each submission and select the top four winning teams to perform their Dancing Drone Show at halftime during the High School 2019 BELL Vertical Robotics Competition on December 7th.

Competition Criteria Include:

  • Coding For Autonomous Flight Using The Tello Drone
  • Synchronized Coding and Flight Planning
  • Choreographic Design With Visual Backdrops and Music
  • Virtual Submission of Final & Uncut Performances To Judges
  • Virtual Presentation Submissions Representing The Team’s Process

Middle School Competition

2019 BELL Vertical Robotics Competition
FAQ, Rulebook, Flight Manual Digital Resources, and General Information

High School Competition: Rules, FAQs, Digital Resources

Access To The Digital Resource Folder and RubiQ XL Teacher Training Guide


CLICK HERE to access the 2019 BELL VRC Digital Resource Folder

CLICK HERE to access the 2019 RubiQ XL Drone Teacher and Training Guide

All teams will receive an email announcement if there are any updates or adjustments to the materials within the folder.

High School Competition: General Information

Entry Fee and What's Included

2019 High School Competition Entry Fee

$3,800 is the registration fee for one team to enter the 2019 BELL Vertical Robotics Competition (VRC)

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 the 2019 VRC

    • Upscaled RubIQ-XL UAV provided by PCS Edventures/Thrust UAVs
    • First Person View Goggles
    • Dual Transmitters (For Pilot and Navigator)

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

Entry Fee Payment Due Date

Entry Fee Payment Due Date

All entry fees must be received and paid in full not later than October 10, 2019

You have opted to submit payment by PO or Check. Please note that full payment must be submitted no later than October 10, 2019. Failure to send payment by that date will result in your team’s disqualification.

All Purchase Orders and Checks must be submitted to “Drobots Company” by October 10, 2019 or your registration will be cancelled.

Additional information will be shared with you upon the completion of your registration.

Kickoff Event & Competition Venue

Kickoff Event & Competition Venue

The Kickoff Event for this competition will be held on October 12, 2019 at the University of Texas Arlington in the Mavericks Activity Center (MAC)

The 2019 BELL Vertical Robotics Competition will be held on December 7, 2019 at the University of Texas Arlington in the Mavericks Activity Center (MAC)

Click Here For Venue Address and Map 

Primary Goal & Focus of Competition

Primary Goal & Focus

The primary goal of the 2019 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 2019 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
  • 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
Competition Design

Competition Design

The 2019 VRC 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.

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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 Than 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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