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Maryland State Championship - VEX IQ Middle School - Squared Away

Event Code
VEX IQ Competition
Event Type
Spots Open
Event Region
Standard Registration Opens
15-Oct-2019 07:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
29-Feb-2020 22:03 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

February 29, 2020

New Town High School
4931 New Town Blvd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
United States

The VEX IQ Maryland State Championship is a one day event.  Teams must qualify for the tournament by participating in a regional event by February 15th, 2020.  Teams qualify by winning awards at a local tournament or by invitation based on the highest skills scores posted in Maryland during the season. 

STEM project video

The STEM project video is an optional team activity at State Championship events. Teams wishing to submit a team STEM research project video must submit the URL for their video to the event partner before 5:00pm Monday, February 17, 2020. See the STEM Resarch tab for more information.

Grade Level: Middle School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 29-Feb-2020

New Town High School
4931 New Town Boulevard
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
United States

Contact Information

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Saturday February 29th, 2020
8:00 AM - Doors Open, check-in and inspection open
8:30 check-in inspection and skills fields open
9:45 – 10:45  AM STEM judging teams will be scheduled beforehand
8:30 -2pm Skills
10:00 am ALL teams must be checked in and inspected by this time.
10:45 - opening ceremony and driver meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Qualification Matches
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch break
1:15 PM - 3:15 PM Qualification Matches
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Final Matches & Awards


Thank you for your interest in volunteering and/or helping us recruit volunteers.  Please contact both Chris Putnam and Eric Davis at     and  if you would like to volunteer or can assist us with recruiting volunteers.

We are currenly seeking the following key positions for experienced volunteers who have filled one of these roles at a local tournament:

  • Division Manager
  • Head Referee
  • Head Judge

We will be in need of many Judges, Computer Operators and General Assistants.  We will have training available on-site for these positions.  All volunteers will receive meals, snacks and a free shirt.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

In the event of bad weather we will attempt to modify the event to fit within this weekend.  

In the event of a complete cancellation details will be emailed to teams on how to proceed.

There is a scheduled weather date, March 14th, at New Town High School.
Information will be sent out if this is a possibility.

 If the event is cancelled due to weather, we will attempt to make a partial refund to teams  minus the amount already paid out to hold the event.

Look for emails from the event partner and also check our State Championship website at
  Twitter at

Refund Policy

Refunds will be issued up to February 15, 2019. Any teams cancelling beyond this date or not showing for the event will not receive a refund. If the event is cancelled we will issue refunds to teams who cannot attend the alternate date.

If the event is cancelled due to weather, we will refund teams minus the $5 fee that RECF charges us.

If a team cancels at least 24 hours before the event, we will refund the team minus the $5 fee that RECF charges us

Date: 29-Feb-2020
New Town High School
4931 New Town Boulevard
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117
United States

Travel Info

Oxon Hill High School
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
United States


Stay tuned - this will be updated with the links as we get nearer to the event.


Check out the live-streams at
HZR youtube channel


Robotics Maryland

Please check back for the latest updated links.

STEM Research

The RECF requires State and Regional Championships to offer the STEM Research project award. Teams must submit projects via video.

The STEM Research Project Award will be given out at the Maryland VEX IQ State Championship.
Any team may submit a STEM Research Project video.  Only submissions from teams that qualify for the Maryland VEX IQ State Championship - Middle School division are eligible to win the STEM Research Project award.  

 • To be eligible for the STEM Research Project award at the state championship, teams will submit an online video by fiilling out the google form at before 5:00 pm Monday, February 17, 2020 Submissions will include your team number and the URL to your video.  Submissions received after 5:00pm on Monday February 17, 2020 will not be considered for the STEM Research Award.

• Only one entry is allowed per team. However, each team in a multi-team school or club program may submit a separate entry. For example, both teams 123A and 123B may submit separate videos, but team 123A may not submit two videos.

The STEM Research Project Award is mandatory at events that qualify teams directly to VEX Worlds. At each event that qualifies teams directly to VEX Worlds, the top five (5) contenders for the STEM Research Project Award as judged from the video submissions, will deliver their 4-minute presentations in-person to a panel of two (2) judges at the event. Additionally, judges will have up to 4 minutes for questions and answers. The winning team will be selected from the in-person presentations as judged using the STEM Research Project rubric.

Students produce the video, edit the video, add subtitles or other effects, make the editing decisions, and produce the final video. Adults may help with software or camera operation, but only enough to empower the students to do the work themselves. • Post or upload the video to YouTube, SchoolTube, Youku, or an equivalent free video posting service. Please refer to video posting instructions available directly from the service your team chooses. Whatever service is used, the link provided to the Event Partner must open right to the video and not require a password, login or present any other impediment. Save the link to the posted or uploaded video as you will need this for the submission according to the instructions on the event web site provided by the Event Partner. • Links to Google Drive or Dropbox or any other “cloud drive” are not permitted and do not meet the requirements.

This link provides instructions on how to upload videos to YouTube.  (copy/paste the link into a browser)

You may access the full instructions in the STEM project presentation link on the web site located at:


There is ample parking at the front of the school.

World Qualifications

Maryland VEX IQ – RECF announced the number of spots allotted to Maryland for Middle School qualifications for the World Championship.
8 Spots

Excellence, 2 Teamwork, Design, 2 finalist Teamwork, Robot Skills,  STEM award champion

World Championship qualifying awards and invitations are issued to teams whether or not the teams have expressed an intention to attend the event. Unaccepted World Championship invitations are not offered or transferred to other teams.If a team double-qualifies for a World Championship spot, the state’s next highest ranking team from the World Skills Standings up to and including the State Championship receives the invitation. World Championship invitations from the World Skills Standings are issued by email after the results of the State Championship have been posted at, and will not be announced at the State Championship.

REC Foundation Design Award Rubric

REC Foundation Design Award Rubric


Participant Release Form Spanish

Participant Release Form Spanish


REC Foundation Code of Conduct

REC Foundation Code of Conduct


Criteria for registered VEX IQ Challenge teams (Elementary and Middle School) to qualify for participation in championship events.

VIQC Qualifying Criteria


A description of this year's STEM Research Project

STEM Research Project Topic (2019-2020)


A description of this year's STEM Research Project  Rubric.

STEM Research Project Topic Rubric (2019-2020)


VIQC Sqaured Away One Page Description.

VIQC Sqaured Away One Page Description


VIQC Robot Inspection Checklist.

VIQC Robot Inspection Checklist


Participant Release Form English

Participant Release Form