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SySTEMic Solutions supports competitive robotics in the region through the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) and VEX IQ (VIQ) challenge and supports teams regionally by hosting robotics competitions in Virginia, including the VEX State Championship.

Students who are involved in competitive robotics develop skills in computer programming, engineering and science. They also practice communicating and collaborating as a team while using creativity and critical thinking to problem solve. Competitive robotics engages the imagination to pursue the STEM disciplines and develops the precision to excel in them. It is an all-encompassing gateway to future STEM programs, degrees and careers.

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At the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va., more than 750 students and 154 teams will be competing. The VRC State Championship consists of 48 middle and 48 high school teams that qualify through local competitions and skills challenge scores. The 2016 VEX Robotics State Championship will be held at the Meadow Event Park on February 19-20, 2016.

Register here for High School ''Nothing but Net"
Register here for Middle School "Nothing but Net"

VIQ State Championship

The VIQ State Championship consists of 48 elementary and middle school teams that qualify through local competitions and skills challenge scores. Any remaining spots available for the State Championship will be filled on February 2 in order of skills challenge scores.

Register here for Middle School''Bank Shot"
Register here for Elementary School ''Bank Shot"

Sponsorship Package

We strive to keep the cost of participating in competitive robotics low through corporate sponsorship of teams and events.

Please click here for our sponsorship package.



Volunteers are essential to the success of our STEM Competitions. Professionals, teachers and students provide valuable guidance, assistance and inspiration to young STEM minds who are involved in various competitions across Northern Virginia.

Don’t have experience? No problem. We’ve streamlined the process and provide on-site training. If you come ready to engage and have fun, you’ll make a big difference in the success of the event and the experience of students who are the future of the STEM workforce in Virginia.

Volunteers are needed as judges, refereees, scorekeepers and for general assistance for our robotics competitions. Free training, lunch and a T-shirt are provided.

Click here to Volunteer for our 2016 STEM Competitions.

Team & Workshops

Team Workshops
The number of competitive STEM teams in Northern Virginia is growing rapidly. It is a great time to be part of STEM competitions and challenges with 1,250 total teams in Virginia engaging more than 7,500 students!

There are 742 elementary and middle school robotics teams in Virginia (as of 2013) consisting of 507 FLL teams, 62 VEX IQ teams and 173 middle school VRC teams -- ranked #1 in the nation.

There are 404 High School teams (as of 2013) that are made up of 82 FRC teams, 142 FTC teams and 180 VRC teams -- ranked #4 in the U.S.

Team Mentors are needed to support the students doing this. SySTEMic Solutions hosts workshops in the spring and fall to help train new volunteers, mentors and coaches.

Contact a STEM Education Coordinator if you are interested in finding or starting a team in your area.