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Rich Township Aerial Drone Competition Mission 2024: Eclipse

Hosted at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts

3-Feb-2024 Add to Calendar
Event Code
Aerial Drone Competition
Event Type
Field Control System
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Standard Registration Opens
13-Nov-2023 09:00 EST
Registration Deadline
26-Jan-2024 17:00 EST
Payment Deadline
26-Jan-2024 11:14 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

North Central Region

  • This event is located in the North Central Region which includes:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. 

  • Teams who are from the North Central Region and earn a qualifying award at this event will be invited to the North Central Regional Championship - in Flint Michigan at Kettering University on May 17-19,  2024. 

  • To read more about the qualifying criteria, visit the REC Library: Qualifying Criteria.

Please note: If you are a team from outside this region, you may attend the event and will be eligible to earn awards and post scores to the global skills rankings, but you are not eligible to earn invitations to regional championships from this event.


Welcome to the Rich Township Aerial Drone Competition Tournament!

This competition is on February 3rd, 2024, and is open to High School and Middle School Aerial Drone Competition Teams.

Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be fast-paced and exciting. All teams should come prepared for the competition. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared:

1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so your team has ample time for adjustments. The inspection checklist can be found on the Documents tab. 

2. Pack for the event the day before, and remember to bring the following:

  • Drone and remote
  • Goggles/Safety Glasses
  • Spare parts & tools
  • Batteries and chargers
  • Programming cable
  • Power strip
  • Laptop computer
  • Competition Logbook

3. Remember that safety comes first.

  • NO flying outside of designated areas.
    • The first violation of this will remove you from judged awards.
    • The second violation will result in asking the team to leave.
  • Please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team or others nearby.

4. Each player and coach/mentor must have a completed and signed Participation and Consent Form. These can be completed online or physical copies can be completed and uploaded to the coach's Robot Events account for each team.  These need to be completed and/or uploaded before the event. Use this LINK for information on completing the Participant Release Form. 

Waiting List

If this event is full, please feel free to add your team to the Waiting List and then contact the Event Partner (Primary Contact on the General Info tab). You must be in the online waiting list through robot events to be added if a spot opens. If you are moved from the Waiting List to the Registered Teams List, please be prepared to pay for the event promptly on your account, or make arrangements with the Event Partner to pay directly at the tournament.

Walk-up Teams & Walk-Up Skills

Walk-up teams WILL NOT be permitted to compete, either in the tournament or to run Skills Only. There are no exceptions. If your team wishes to compete, they must register before the registration deadline.


Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 3-Feb-2024

Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts
530 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest, Illinois 60466
United States

Contact Information

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Agenda - Subject to Change 

Doors Open /Team Check In and Inspections Begin

7:30 am

Piloting Skills Matches Begin

8:15 - 9:30am

Flight Team Meeting


Teamwork Matches Begin


Autonomous Flight Skills Matches Begin



12:00 - 12:30pm

Resume Teamwork and Autonomous Skills Matches       


End Matches (Teamwork and Skills)


Alliance Selection and Finals

2:30 - 4:00pm




If you are interested in volunteering for this event please contact Mike Wilson at [email protected]

Volunteers are always needed. Volunteers typically will receive a volunteer shirt and be fed for the day. We have many different needs from simply sitting at a table checking people in to being a ref or a judge.

No prior experience is needed. Judges and Referees will be training through online webinars. 

This website has a list of most roles with a brief description -



Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

If the weather makes you late for the event or prevents you from attending, please immediately contact Mike Wilson by phone on the day of the event and by email before the event.

If the event is canceled due to weather or any other unforeseen circumstance, it will be posted here on this event website.

Refund and Payment Policies

If the Event Partner cancels the event: If the event cannot be rescheduled, the Event Partner will refund the registration fees minus the REC processing fees.

If a Coach/Mentor completes registration for the event and then chooses to withdraw or not attend: Refunds may only be issued if the coach/mentor sends an email two weeks before the event. There will be no refunds for teams who withdraw two weeks prior to the event or do not attend the event. 


Date: 3-Feb-2024
Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts
530 Lakewood Boulevard
Park Forest, Illinois 60466
United States

Travel Info

The address is 530 Lakewood Blvd, Park Forest, IL 60466

Please check back closer to the event for exact directions on parking and entering the building.



Here is the live stream link


We will have concessions from 8-2.

Cash only

This will include donuts, snacks, beverages, and Aurelio's individual-size pizzas

You may also bring your food or have it delivered.