BELL Vertical Robotics Competition

For High School and Middle School Students


BELL Vertical Robotics Competition

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

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

Highlights Of Last Year’s Event

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.

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

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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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