The Game:

VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field configured as seen above. Two robots compete in the Teamwork Challenge as an alliance in 60 second long teamwork matches, working collaboratively to score points.

Teams also compete in the Robot Skills Challenge where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible. These matches consist of Driving Skills Matches, which will be entirely driver controlled, and Programming Skills Matches, which will be autonomous with limited human interaction.

The object of the game is to attain as many points possible by scoring Balls in or on Cubes, and scoring Cubes into Corner Goals or Platforms.  There are a total of thirty-five (35) Balls and seven (7) Cubes available.  Balls can be scored in, or on top of, any Cube.  Cubes can be scored into the Corner Goal or Platform that matches the Cube’s color.


Balls Scored inside of a Cube: 1 point

Balls Scored on top of a Cube 2 points

Cube Scored in a Corner Goal 10 points

Cube Scored on a Platform 20 points

Official complete regulations for «Squared Away» can be found here.

Age of Participants:

There are two age categories for this competition: elementary school (ES) and middle school (MS).  A team is considered as an ES team if all members are born on or after May 1, 2007.  Likewise, a team is considered to be a MS team if all members are born on or after May 1, 2004.



The VEX competition at this event is the Kazakhstan National VEX Championship.  At this competition two VEX IQ teams will be chosen to represent Kazakhstan at the VEX Robotics World Championship to be held April 22-25, 2020, in the United States.  These teams will be the winners of the “Excellence Award: Elementary School” and “Excellence Award: Middle School”.  The excellence award is given to the team that demonstrates overall excellence in competition and design.  Please note that an engineering notebook is required to be considered for these awards.  To be eligible to compete, teams must be registered VEX teams, and must officially register for the Kazakhstan National VEX Championship here.