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NOVA SySTEMic 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 144 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 2017 VEX Robotics State Championship will be held at the Meadow Event Park on February 17-18, 2017.

Register here for High School ''Starstruck
Register here for Middle School "Starstruck"

VIQ State Championship

The VIQ State Championship consists of 24 elementary and 24 middle school teams that qualify through local competitions and skills challenge scores.

Register here for Middle School''Crossover"
Register here for Elementary School ''Crossover"



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 2017 STEM Competitions.