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Orange County Robotics Consortium

Distance Learning and Virtual Robotics

​​As Orange County School Districts shift instruction into Distance Learning models, the Orange County Robotics Consortium is here to support through highlighting resources, best practices and strategies to engage ALL learners in Robotics Programming. The resources; curricula and sites shared are device agnostic and are intended to support teachers, schools, districts and community partners as they seek to engage learners remotely in Robotics Programming.​​

​How to Watch

Tune into the VEX Robotics YouTube Channel at the following times:
  • VEX Robotics Competition: 10:00 a.m. CDT
  • VEX IQ Challenge: 11:30 a.m. CDT

VEX Robotics Virtual World Celebration

Join the REC Foundation and VEX Robotics on Saturday, April 25, on the VEX Robotics YouTube channel for the VEX Robotics Virtual World Celebration! We will celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of all teams from the VEX IQ Challenge Squared Away and VEX Robotics Competition Tower Takeover season, and keep the spirit of competition alive with a simulation Fantasy Robotics Tournament. Watch this virtual event from home to see the future of competition robotics technology in a new product announcement AND see the 2020-2021 VEX IQ Challenge and VEX Robotics Competition Games unveiled.
VEXcode VR

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VEXcode VR lets you code a virtual robot using a block based coding environment powered by Scratch Blocks. VEXcode VR is based on VEXcode, the same programming environment used for VEX 123, GO, IQ and V5 robots. We all know that robots make Computer Science (CS) come to life with real world applications. Now STEM learning can continue while at home for students, teachers and mentors with no access to their VEX robots.​​
VEX Code VR Activities.jpgVEXcode VR has an abundance of activities that accompany it. In completing these activities, users will experience creativity, programming strategies, and problem-solving skills in a fun and engaging way.​

Click here to access:
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The VEXcode VR Teacher Portal contains a Cumulative Pacing Guide that lists all VEXcode VR activities, the category of the activity, a description, the playground utilized with the activity, key programming concepts, and the CSTA standards associated with the activity. The Teacher's Portal also contains answers to all the activities. Finally, the Teacher's Portal contains an email home that teachers can send to parents to communicate what VEXcode VR is and what the students are learning. Access the Teacher's Portal by clicking this description, or via a button on the current VEXcode VR Activities page, which will direct users to either enter their VEX ID from their VEX account or create one.

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​VEX Robotics created STEM Labs as a supplemental educational resource.

The purpose was to support educators with free, easy to follow STEM lesson plans that align with educational standards.

Each STEM Lab contains hands-on lessons with guided explorations that encourage teamwork and collaboration.

​​​​​​​​​Welcome to the OCRC Webpage. If this is your first time hearing about the OCRC, welcome! The Orange County Robotics Consortium (OCRC) launched in 2018 with an ambitious vision: To bring opportunities for Elementary and Middle School students to participate in Official VEX IQ Programming and Competitions.This ambitious vision became a reality as the OCRC hosted its first VEX IQ Competition "Next Level." in February, 2019. See the slideshow of photos from the amazing February 2019 event at the bottom of this page.

This year, the OCRC continued to build​ on the momentum of excitement from Year 1 and had the honor to host this year's ​competition: Squared Away!  Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the Orange County Department of Educaiton. Thank You, to all the teams that came out to compete in our 2nd regional event. 

Stay tuned as we prepare to launch into the new season. Be sure to register early to join us for the: VEX IQ Competition Program Orientation; Squared Away Robot Build Workshop; VEX IQ Competition Team Management Workshop; and VEX IQ Robot Programming Workshop in 2020.

Click here to access the Dec. 2019 competition page on Robot Events


OCRC VEX IQ ​Program Orientation

During this orientation workshop, attendees will learn the essentials of running a VEX IQ Competition Team. In addition, attendees will get access to resources and professional learning to ensure a successful robotics competition season.

Link to Flyer

September 18, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


OCRC Squared Away Robot Build Workshop​ 
During the Robot Build Workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to bring their VEX IQ robot kit to build the latest robot to ensure success for all student teams. In addition, attendees that successfully build will have an opportunity to test drive on the Squared Away field.

Link to Flyer
​October 2, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

TOAcce​ss archive presentation

​OCRC VEX IQ Team Management Workshop

Teams are formed and robots are built. Now what? During this session attendees will get insight into team dynamics, recommendations for managing the engineering notebook, and resources and support to ensure the team is a success.

Link to Flyer 
​October 24, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

VEXcodeIQ Blocks Programming Workshop

With just a month until the official competition, join us for the programming workshop to learn how to program your robot using VEX Code the new Scratch - Like Block Based Coding Environment.

Link to Flyer
November 7, 2019
​4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

OCRC Squared Away Competition

Saturday, December 14, 2019



 2019 OCRC VEX IQ Competition

Thank you to all of the participating teams for making the OCRC VEX IQ Competition a success. We look forward to seeing teams compete in the OCRC VEX IQ Squared Away Competition, Saturday, December 14, 2019. For information on the official competition, please visit: https://www.r​​ 
Thank you for visiting the OCRC Webpage. The OCRC is a program of the STEM & Humanities Unit and Office of Career Education within the Educational Services Division of the Orange County Department of Education.

Should you have any questions, or need any information, please contact:

Omar Shepherd, Curriculum Specialist
Educational Service
Phone: 714-327-1069

Julie Roney, Coordinator
Educational Services