TCEA Robotics


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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. Due to the circumstances affecting education this year, TCEA will not hold our area contests for the 2020-2021 school year. The Area contests are expected to return for the 2021-2022 school years. Check out our 2020-2021 Virtual Robotics Contest for this school year!

Area Contest Dates and Locations

A list of contest dates and locations will be made available for the 2021-2022 contest at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. 

Area Contest Registration

Registration is open from November 1, 2021 – December 10, 2021
Registration fee: $50

Late registration is available from December 11, 2021 – December 17, 2021
Late registration fee: $70

**Payments or purchase orders must be received by the date of the contest or the team will not be able to compete.


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

State Contest Date

In response to concerns about the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, TCEA has cancelled the State Robotics Contest for the 2020-2021 school year and plan to bring it back for the 2021-2022 school year.

State Contest Location

To Be Determined – Austin/Surrounding Area

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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 a challenge theme.

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.

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 the purchase order.

Payment or purchase order must be received for your game materials (i.e. game pieces and mats) to ship.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the date of the contest, or your team(s) will not be able to participate.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be made in writing via email to [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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 :

Email: [email protected]
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
Building B
Austin, Texas 78741

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