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I was extremely fortunate to be sent a kit of the new VEX-IQ robot from VEX robotics (

As always, the first thing I do with these kits is to figure out the absolute bare minimum required to get a robot moving.  Don't get me wrong, the supplied instructions for their Clawbot is nice, but at a build time of over an hour, I really feel this stretches the useful time in a classroom.  I much prefer to see a simple build, quick to put together which then allows kids to get onto the programming aspects much quicker.

So here is my design.   I shall call it....... miniVEX!  It takes me around 5 minutes to put together so hopefully it won't take up too much class time.

I've done up some full building instructions and will post them shortly.


The software used to control the VEXIQ is a little different to what I'm used to, but I'm getting my head around it.  I'll do a post of that shortly.


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Looks like there is no data logging capability with the default VEX/IQ kit. While I assume I may do data logging using XBee or others, it will be good for the VEX/IQ to have data logging capability as it was designed for middle schoolers. Middle schoolers do not usually do cross-platform communication and such. We use the openlog from sparkfun with the arduino platform. Hmmm!?

I am still doing some more evaluation of this VEX-IQ vs Ev3.. Well, at least the sensors are far less costly. Their gyro is SPI-based.. that's good. thinking about creating a i2c module with a nano to hook up this gyro to test it out with nxt. Just thought to share ideas.

August 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Mabrey

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