Student Contests - Robotics

TCEA Robotics Contest

Area Contests

Each year, more than 1,400 teams of up to four students each participate in TCEA Robotics Contests held in each of the twenty areas of the state of Texas. Teams are invited to compete in one of the following four categories:

  • Intermediate Arena
  • Intermediate Inventions
  • Advanced Arena
  • Advanced Inventions

Contest Dates

Area Contests are held between January 6, 2018 – January 20, 2018.

View specific dates for your area.

Area Contests Registration

Registration for Area Contests is now closed.

State Contest

First and second place winners from the area contests, along with wild card recipients from each of the 20 areas of Texas, advance to the state contest.

Contest Date
April 7, 2018

Hutto High School – Hutto ISD
101 FM 685
Hutto TX, 78634

Registration Dates
March 19-30, 2018

Registration Fee

$70 per team

Teams Invited to State

The contest schedule can be found here.  There may still be minor adjustments but this will help you plan.

Release Form
If you are bringing students to the state contest that did not compete at the area contest, please submit a release form for each student via fax to Katie Treat at 512-476-8574 or email

Hotel Accomodations
Click here to view a list of hotels in the Hutto/surrounding area.

Arena Contest

The Arena contest is a prescribed problem contest. Teams of two (2) to four (4) students receive a set of challenge rules and specifications designed around the challenge theme “Mastering Mars.”

Go to Arena

Inventions Contest

The Inventions contest is an open-ended contest. Teams of two (2) to four (4) students will create a robotic invention that solves a problem of their choice.

Go to Inventions

Policy for Changes and Cancellations

TCEA accepts American Express, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and school purchase orders (POs) for payment. Purchase orders must include the following information: registrants’ names, a breakdown of coverage, a dollar amount for each item, and a total amount for the purchase order.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the date of the contest.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made in writing via email to no later than five days before the contest. Cancellations received by the deadline will receive a full refund. Cancellations received after the deadline, but before the contest, will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation fee, per team. After the event has taken place, no refunds will be given.

Refund Policy
If you registered with a purchase order, your purchase order will be charged the cancellation fee. Refunds will be processed after the event has taken place.

Changes to Registration
Changes in registration may only be made via email to The email must include the sponsor’s name and a list of items to be changed. A confirmation email will be sent to the registrant once changes are made.

Responsible Party
Regardless of the situation, it is the responsibility of the individual registrant to pay any balance that was not paid for by the employer, including cancellation charges.

Registration Payment
Send registration payments and purchase orders to:

Fax: 512 476 8574

Mailing Address:
TCEA Registration
P.O. Box 18507
Austin, Texas 78760

Physical Address (for overnight payments)
TCEA Registration
3100 Alvin Devane
Buliding B
Austin, Texas 78741