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2022 CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship - VEX IQ - MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

4-Apr-2022 - 6-Apr-2022 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX IQ Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Standard Registration Opens
11-Jun-2021 14:15 EDT
Registration Deadline
16-Feb-2022 14:14 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Welcome to the CREATE Foundation U.S. Open Robotics Championship.  The U.S. Open has grown into one of the largest robotics tournaments in the world and we hope you can join us this year. 

We expect the 2022 U.S. Open to be the biggest and best yet. Regular season tournaments from around the world are qualifiers for this signature event.  We wish all teams the very best of luck.

There are four distinct tournaments in this multifaceted event.  This is the VEX IQ - Middle School Tournament.  If you are looking for one of our other tournaments:: VRC- High School, VRC Middle School, VEX IQ Elementary School, please return to the main RobotEvents page and select the proper event.

Please be advised that you will have 3 weeks from the date of your qualifying tournament to register for the U.S. Open.  Once registered, you will have 3 weeks to pay.  Teams that miss the payment deadline will be moved to the waitlist.  If any teams are invited off the waitlist they will be notified, at the earliest, February 1.

Tournament Code of Conduct

CREATE Sponsored events require teams to understand and accept a Tournament Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct will help clarify the role of students and adults at CREATE events. Please be sure to read through the entire CREATE Tournament Code of Conduct and be sure that all members of your team understand it as well. We believe these simple rules will help everyone have a great experience.

Remote Judging

Remote Judging will be used this year for all VEX IQ Divisions. Remote judging requires each team to sign up through signup Genius requesting a Remote Judging time. Each team will also have the opportunity to submit their digital notebook for review.  REC judging guidelines will be used for all Remote interviews.

All teams are encouraged to be judged by signing up for a remote interview through Signup Genius.   If there is a need for face-to-face interviews, you will be notified when you arrive at the event. All teams are encouraged to submit their engineering notebook to be considered for the design award.
Sign up for VEX IQ Middle School Remote judging interview HERE.  (Don't forget to submit your Engineering Notebook via the submission portal on

NOTE: Due to limited Remote judges signing up we have limited spots.  If we get more remote judges signed up we will open more spots.

Signup Deadline: March 11, 2022, at midnight

Engineering Notebook

ALL teams are strongly encouraged to submit an engineering notebook.  These will be reviewed via a digital copy you can submit on your Team Account on should be right below where you submitted your release forms.) This should be done whether or not you have done an online interview.  A review of your engineering notebook will be the first step in potentially earning the Design Award.

Due March 17, 2022


REC Participant Release Forms (found HERE) will be required for 2022.  (We will no longer have a specific CREATE Waiver for this tournament.  Online waivers will be accepted.) 

Qualification Criteria

For all Official 2021-2022 VEX IQ tournaments worldwide the following award winners will qualify for the 2022 CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship:

 Excellence Award

Teamwork Champions

Design Award

Robot Skills Champion

Invitations will be sent out to you from CREATE via email with instructions on how to register.  PLEASE ALLOW up to 2 weeks after the end of your tournament for invitations to be sent.  If you have not received an invitation by then feel free to reach out to us via email at [email protected].


Teams on the waitlist that have qualified for the U.S. Open will be given preference over non-qualified teams.

Qualified teams on the waitlist will be invited in the order they have added their teams to the waitlist, not the date of their qualification.

Teams on the waitlist from schools/organizations that have reached the individual school/organization team maximum will be invited last off the waitlist.


Invitations are NOT a Guarantee of Participation

Often, tournaments within the U.S. Open will fill before our registration deadline.  When it fills, there are normally many active invitations outstanding. But once filled, these invitations become null and void.  When a tournament fills, registration is permanently closed to domestic teams.  We do not expand capacity and no teams will be taken off of the waitlist.  Even if teams cancel, those spots are not opened back up.  The reason is that we set our capacity about 10% over our optimal capacity in anticipation of a certain number of teams canceling.  This is something that happens every year.  We feel this is the fairest way to handle the registration process and precludes the necessity to continually check back.  We hope this finality allows for clear planning on the part of all teams.  We are sorry that we cannot accommodate all the teams that want to attend, and are humbled by the great number of teams that do attend.  We also want to ensure a world-class event, and limiting registrations to an optimal number of teams is an important step in accomplishing this goal. 

Capacity Changing Over Time

If you continue to monitor this division, you may find that the overall capacity may increase over time.  This is to accommodate international teams.  We reserve a certain number of spots for international teams and hold those spots for them, as often they are not able to commit until later in the year.  If we did not hold them, most divisions would fill with U.S. teams only, thus greatly reducing the international flavor of our event.  Our desire is to be fair to all teams, while balancing our desire to create an environment where cultural exchange is possible and encouraged. 

Grade Level: Middle School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: Remote Interviews & Notebooks

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 4-Apr-2022 - 6-Apr-2022

Iowa West Field House
5 Arena Way
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
United States

Contact Information

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Here is a direct link to the VEX IQ Middle School Division Schedule.  For more information about this, and all other divisions, please visit our Tournament Home Page.


Join our great team of volunteers!  Benefits include a FREE hot lunch, snacks, beverages, an event t-shirt and the pride in knowing you were part of making the event a success.

To volunteer for this event please visit our VEX IQ Tournament Volunteer Page.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

Due to the nature of scheduling an event of this size there is no viable way to have contigency dates due to weather and weather related events.


Refund and Payment Policies

All requests for refunds must be made in writing via email.  Full refunds will be granted to requests made prior to 1/1/2022.  Refunds of $150 will be issued to teams requesting a refund after 12/31/21 and prior to 1/20/2022. $100 refunds will be issued to teams requesting a refund prior to 3/5/2022. No refunds will be issued after 3/5/2022.  (In rare cases where the wrong event was registered for AND CREATE is notified within 48 hours of registration, a full refund might be granted after 12/31/21.)

It may not be possible to refund 100% of the registration fees should we encounter another government (Federal, State, City, or Local Health Department) mandated shut down.  We will endeavor to refund as much as possible, but we want all teams to understand that we cannot guarantee 100% refund due to the fact that we will have many non-refundable expenditures required in the planning an event of this type and size.  Also, we will not be able to offer refunds beyond what is stated above should your travel plans be restricted by your state, school district or school.

Date: 4-Apr-2022 - 6-Apr-2022
Iowa West Field House
5 Arena Way
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
United States

Travel Info

For travel information please visit our Tournament Home Page.


A link to the webcast will be posted on our Tournament Home Page no later than 3/29/2022.