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LAUNCH VRC Signature Event (HS Only); Cleveland, OH

16-Feb-2024 - 17-Feb-2024 Add to Calendar
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Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
27-Oct-2023 12:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
10-Nov-2023 12:00 EST
Registration Deadline
16-Jan-2024 12:00 EST
Payment Deadline
16-Dec-2023 19:00 EST

A maximum of 50% of team registrations can be from any one event region

Region Maximum % # Spots Allowed # Spots Remaining
Ohio 50% 40 0
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event has reached capacity. Teams on waitlist may still be added.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

Allgemeine information

LAUNCH Signature Event - Welcome teams!

The Great Lakes Science Center located in Cleveland, Ohio will look to LAUNCH this signature event to new heights. Whether you are live in person or watching on livestream the event looks to visually wow you.  This event will qualify to the 2024 Worlds event in Dallas, Texas.  Once we know a final number of registered teams, the agenda and daily schedule may be adjusted to reflect. Please check back here often as we update this website with more details about the event.

Volunteer Oportunities

If you would like to volunteer at the event please click on the volunteer link above 

Signature Event Details

As a Signature Event, there are several special features of this event that will be different from many VRC tournaments:

  • No more than 50% of teams may come from a single region
  • Competition fields will be raised (practice and skills fields will be on the floor)
  • Matches will be split between two days of competition
  • 3 World Championship Qualifications will be awarded at the tournament
  • Livestreaming will be on our youtube channel 2011Robotics
  • 3 competition fields, 3 skills fields, 7 practice fields and practice fields at selected hotels.

Payment Deadline

Payment is due by 2 weeks from your registration. Please contact Craig Kowatch if this is a problem or your team will be automatically moved to the bottom of the waitlist, and a waitlist team will be moved into the event. 

Event Judging

Judging will be in-person at the event. Per RECF guidelines, teams need a physical notebook for in-person judging. If they have been creating and maintaining it digitally, then they should print out a hard copy.

Food at Event

Food is available at the Great Lakes Science Center


Grade Level: High School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Eligible Teams:

Klassenstufe: High School

Herausforderung der roboterfähigkeiten: Ja

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Datum: 16-Feb-2024 - 17-Feb-2024

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
United States


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Friday, February 16, 2024

8:00 AM                           Gates Open, Registration, Inspection, and Practices Fields Open

9:15 AM                           Coaches meeting in skills area

9:30 AM                           Opening Ceremony

10:00 AM                         Drivers Meeting

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM      Qualifications Matches Begin and skills opens

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM        Lunch

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM          Qualifications Matches and skills


Saturday, February 17, 2024

8:00 AM                           Gates Open, Practice Fields Open

8:30 AM - 12:15 PM        Qualifications Matches and skills

12:15PM - 1:15 PM         Lunch

1:15 PM - 3:15 PM          Qualifications Matches and skills

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM          Alliance Selection

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM          Eliminations and Final

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM          Awards Ceremony

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM          Cleanup and Departure

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Volunteer Opportunity - If you would like to volunteer at the event here is a link

Thank you to our key volunteers,

Head Referee:
John Queen - Ohio - Worlds x3, Signature x16, State x7

Certified Field Referees:

KaBoa McCarver - Tennessee - Worlds x, Signature x , State x

Chris Morris - Ohio - Worlds, Signature x6, State x5

Judge Advisors:
Suzana Koch - Ohio - Worlds x2, Signature x2, State 


Matt Reichley @mcreichley. - Virginia - Worlds MC 8x, Signature MC 11x, State MC 10x
Leslie Tom @botatomic - Virginia - Worlds MC x4, Signature MC x7, State MC x4

JonDarr Bradshaw - Ohio - Worlds MC 7x

More to come as they are confirmed!

Richtlinie für not-/schlechtwettersituationen

In the event of bad weather, updates will be made by email.

Refund and Payment Policies

If the Event Partner cancels the event: 

Refunds will only be made if the event is cancelled by 2011 Robotics. Refunds will not include the $5 processing fee assessed by Robot Events for processing.

If a Coach/Mentor completes registration for the event then chooses to withdraw or not attend:

Registrations will not be refunded for teams that register, but choose not to come. 



Date: 16-Feb-2024 - 17-Feb-2024
Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
United States


Exclusive at these 2 hotels

These select hotels will have an over under field set up in a meeting room that will be available to teams staying during LAUNCH Thursday through Saturday Evening. Adult supervision is required.

HYATT Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

420 Superior Avenue East, Cleveland, OH 44114

Guests can use the link below or call Hyatt reservations directly at 1 800 233 1234 and asking for the “2011 Robotics” rate or by using your group code “ROB1” on Guests will need to book prior to midnight on 1/16/2024 this date in order to receive the group rate.

Hilton Garden Inn - Cleveland Downtown and Gateway Conference Center

1100 Carnegie Ave. Cleveland, OH 44115

Judging Format


All In-Person Judging - The Team Interviews and Engineering Notebooks will be judged in-person the day of the event. Teams should bring a physical copy of their notebook to submit to the judges.


Payment is due by 2 weeks from your registration. Please contact Craig Kowatch if this is a problem or your team will be automatically moved to the bottom of the waitlist, and a waitlist team will be moved into the event. 

Signature Event Early Bird Policy

  • All Signature Events will have a specific Early Bird Registration that is independent of all local/regional Early Bird systems
    • Each team starts the season with three (3) opportunities to register during the Signature Event Early-Bird period
      • An opportunity is taken away each time the team registers for a Signature Event, whether during the Signature Event Early-Bird period or Standard period
      • A Signature Event Early-Bird opportunity is not taken away if a team registers for a tournament hosted by their school or organization (where the team’s coach is the Event Partner)
    • Early Bird Registration will open 16 weeks before the event at 12:00PM EST
      • Note: Modifications to this may be made for events in August and September
    • Standard Registration will open 14 weeks before the event at 12:00PM EST
    • An Event Partner may register their own teams to their Signature Event during Signature Event Early Bird Registration no matter how many other Signature Events they are already registered for  
      • The Event Partner must be the Primary Contact for the teams they are registering