From elementary school through college, VEXcode is a coding environment that meets students at their level. The intuitive layout of VEXcode allows students to get started quickly and easily. VEXcode is consistent across Blocks and Text, across VEX IQ and VEX V5. As students progress from elementary, middle, and high school, they never have to learn a different blocks, code, or toolbar interface. As a result, students can focus on creating with technology, not trying to navigate a new layout.
Drive Forward is the new Hello World
We all know that robots attract kids to learn. VEX Robotics and VEXcode are providing opportunities for students of all ages to participate in learning the code that makes these robots work. VEX makes computer science come to life through collaborations, hands-on projects, and engaging experiences. From classrooms to competitions, VEXcode helps to create the next generation of innovators.
Drag. Drop. Drive.
VEXcode Blocks is the perfect platform for those new to coding. Students use the simple drag and drop interface to create functioning programs. Each block's purpose can easily be identified using the visual cues like its shape, color, and label. We've designed VEXcode Blocks to allow those who are new to robotics to get their robot up and running faster. Now, students can focus on being creative and learning computer science concepts, not stuck trying to figure out the interface.
More accessible than ever
VEXcode even helps across language barriers, allowing student to read blocks and comment programs in their native language.
Drag & Drop. Powered by Scratch Blocks.
Students and Teachers will feel instantly at home with this familiar environment.
Video Tutorials. Grasp concepts faster.
Built-in tutorials cover every aspect needed to get up to speed fast. And more tutorials are coming.
Help is always there.
Getting information on blocks is fast and easy. These resources were written by educators, in a form both teachers and students will grasp quickly.
Drivetrain Blocks. A breakthrough in simplicity.
From driving forward, making precise turns, setting speed, and stopping precisely, VEXcode makes it easier than ever to control a robot.
Setup your VEX robot. Fast.
VEXcode's device manager is simple, flexible, and powerful. In no time at all you can setup your robot's drivetrain, controller features, motors, and sensors.
40+ Example projects to choose from.
Jumpstart your learning by starting with an existing project, covering every aspect of coding, controlling robots, and learning to use sensors.
- Implemented support for 2D lists (1-indexed arrays).
- Implemented a "Boolean" variable type.
- Implemented a "While Loop" C-block.
- Changed default printing behavior of "print" blocks to not show decimal values. Use the "set print precision" block to display decimal numbers.
- Added support for dragging and dropping projects into the application to open.
- Added a feature to indicate on the Brain LCD to the user when a gyro is calibrating at the start of projects using a Gyro-based Drivetrain.
- Implemented a "software update" notification when the user is using an out-of-date version of VEXcode Blocks.
- Implemented "preview" support for Simplified Chinese and Spanish languages:
- Includes UI Elements (Simplified Chinese)
- Translated Blocks (Simplified Chinese + Spanish)
- Future Update: Translated Help
- Future Update: Translated Subtitles for Tutorial Videos
- Future Update: Translated Comments in Example Projects
- Implemented a user feedback feature.
- Fixed issue where block drop-down menus may not close when opening another view.
- Improved installation system to minimize application size.
- Updated style of installation and application icons.
- Updated built-in Help documentation for new blocks.
- Added additional tutorial videos.
- Added additional example projects.
VEXcode IQ Blocks:
- Added blocks to support the VEX Vision Sensor.
- Implemented support for multiple "When Started" events (Maximum of 3)
- Fixed direction of rotation graphical issue with configuring a motor device.
- Fixed an issue where a reporter block for the IQ Distance Sensor may not appear after adding a IQ Distance Sensor as a device.
- Fixed an issue where the “set motor position” block was not having any effect.
- Blocks do not automatically update when device / direction names change in the Devices window.
- Share functionality is not yet supported on iOS.
- Projects will not download on iOS if a VEX IQ Controller with a Smart Radio installed is actively linked to a VEX IQ Brain.
- Interacting with notes on iOS devices may cause problems with responsiveness. If the workspace is not responsive after interacting with notes, select a Category from the Toolbox to restore the workspace.
- Using the “Share” button to generate a PDF of the project does not print the content of project notes (yellow boxes) yet.
Ratings and Reviews
Great Leap Forward
This is a huge improvement over the existing coding programs. Tutorials are helpful, the examples are great and the coding options and flexibility are great for new students. I hope they continue to add in tutorials, challenges, and guided activities for this app to expand the usability in a classroom setting.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.