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Robotics of Vermillion - Middle School VEX IQ - 2020

Event Code
VEX IQ Competition
Event Type
Spots Open
Event Region
South Dakota
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
1-Aug-2020 16:56 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
3-Oct-2020 16:56 EDT
Registration Deadline
11-Nov-2020 16:57 EST
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.

General Info

Robotics of Vermillion - MIDDLE SCHOOL VEX IQ Tournament

The ROV Middle School VEX IQ Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 14th.  Students this year will design robots for the Rise Above Game, details can be found here:


This tournament is open to Middle School students, which includes students born after May 1, 2005.

Skills Challenges will be available to all teams, with 3 Max Driver attempts and 3 Max Programming attempts per team.  

The top ten (10) teams from the qualification rounds will participate in Finals.  These ten (10) teams will be automatically paired into 5 Alliances.  The top scoring alliance in Finals will earn the Tournament Champion Award. 

Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting event. To help all teams prepare, here are a few tips for each team:

1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments. The inspection checklist for 2020/2021 is not available yet. The old one can be found here.

2. Check the official Game Manual for rule updates and changes.

3. Check the official QA Forums for rule updates and changes is not available yet.

4. Carefully read all of the information contained in this tournament posting all updates will be posted here

5. Pack for the event the day before the day of departure. Here are a few items that you don't want to forget.

  • Spare parts & tools
  • Batteries and chargers
  • Programming cable
  • Power strip
  • Laptop computer
  • Engineering notebook.

6. Read through the Awards Appendix, there has been some small changes to the awards process. Link to be released in July.

7. Prep for your interviews with the judges. Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.

8. Remember that safety comes first, please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team, or others nearby as the venue is a very tight fit. 

8. Understand how the game will be played. VEX IQ participants are more than welcome to watch the referee training videos before they attend a tournament. The referee training videos can be found here: Not Available Yet

10. Read through the Robot troubleshooting guide. The guide can be found here -

11. Ensure that you have the latest version of firmware.

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 14-Nov-2020

Vermillion High School
1001 E Main St
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069
United States

Contact Information

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Saturday, November 14, 2020
10:00 am Registration, Inspection, Turn in Notebook
10:00 am - 11:45 am Skills Challenge
10:00 am - 11:45 am Judging
11:45 am - Event Meeting
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Qualification matches
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Final alliance matches
3:30 pm Presentation of awards, closing

Agenda subject to change.  Late start to allow for travelling teams.


Get Inspired and Have Fun! Be a part of the excitement by joining a team of volunteers who help in a variety of ways to make this event a success for the students involved.

Click Here to Volunteer


Volunteer Coordinator:

LD Herrera

Experience level:
No previous experience is needed for most volunteer positions, and you can even bring your kids for a family activity (for example, Field Resetter is an ideal position for young children).

Time Commitment:
You can register for the entire event, or just a portion of the day as your schedule permits for most positions.

Lunch is included for volunteers.

Want to find out more about these volunteer roles and expectations? Visit the REC Foundation website at to check out position descriptions and find volunteer training materials.  Once you have an assigned volunteer role, please carefully review all guides and training materials posted on the Volunteer Resources page before the event.

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to register for this event today!

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

In case of bad weather conditions or possible cancellations please visit the event on where we will post updates about the event status as needed.  If any questions arise please contact LD Herrera at 605-660-9968 the day of the event.

Refund Policy

Full refunds minus the $5.00 processing fee will be available until one week before the event. After that, refunds based on special circumstances may be made at the discretion of the event partner.   

We ask that participants contact LD Herrera for refund requests.  Refunds can take up to 2 months to process following the event. 

LD Herrera

Health and Safety Policies

Masks are required.  Social distancing is expected.  The facility is large enough to maintain a good distance from others.