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RiverBots VIQC Blended Signature Event; Monroe, MI

15-Dec-2022 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX IQ Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
1-Jul-2022 12:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
15-Jul-2022 12:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
10-Dec-2022 12:01 EST

A maximum of 75% of team registrations can be from any one event region

Region Maximum % # Spots Allowed # Spots Remaining
Michigan 75% 30 12
This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Welcome to the first annual “RiverBots Signature Event”

                The War of 1812 also referenced as the “second war of independence” had several major battles across the nation.  A major theatre of the war was the Great Lakes region with a specific emphasis on the River Raisin in modern day Monroe MI. (Trivia note: River Raisin is the only river that legally has River as its first name). The River Raisin National Battlefield Park dedicated to the National Park Registry on October 22, 2010,   sits on the site of some of the largest battles of the war.

                This is the first time that a National Park has hosted a VRC and VIQC signature event. Currently we are working on some travel packages including the nearby Splash Universe Waterpark in Dundee MI.  (20-minute drive to event) Battlefield reenactors are planning to join us as judges and other event volunteers. The Visitor center of the battlefield will have displays, showing life in the Midwest before robots. Additionally there are many hotels nearby including Quality Inn and Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Econo Lodge Inn and Suites. Specific pricing regarding hotels and waterpark are still being determined. Check robotevents as details become available and announced.

Have a VEXellent day

Jeff Demaray

3547 Virus VEX Robotics

Mentor, Event organizer

E mail [email protected]


Posted 19Aug 22: The response to this first ever event has been wonderful. The event filled within a few days of posting and the waitlist grew to over 30 teams over a few weeks. This response has caused the event organizers and the venue (River Raisin National Battlefield Park) to reassess the event. The decision made to expand to a two-day event (Friday Dec 16 and Saturday Dec 17) with a capacity of 80 teams.  This is indeed an exciting addition to the event. There is now three World Championship spots, Excellence and Tournament Champions. This response equates to a change of date for Riverbots VIQC Signature event. The event is now Thursday Dec 15, 2022

                See you soon for the Battle of the RiverBots.   

All approved events and event attendees are required to follow all local, state, federal, or any other government ordinances regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, social distancing, and best hygiene practices. Event Partners should continually assess, based on current government guidelines, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees when necessary.

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 15-Dec-2022

River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
333 North Dixie Highway
Monroe, Michigan 48162
United States

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9:00 a.m. Early Bird Check-in
9:00 a.m. Inspection Check-In
9:00 a.m. Judges meeting
10:30 a.m.  Driver's meeting
10:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
11:00 a.m. Qualifiers Begin
1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Skills
3:00 p.m. Eliminations
4:00 p.m.  Awards
4:30 p.m. Go Home


Subject to change


Volunteers are the backbone of robotic platforms. Volunteers are needed.

Contact [email protected] should you wish to volunteer.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

All reasonable efforts will be made to inform teams of any cancellations due to inclement weather. Refunds will be given in event of cancellation.

Please contact me if weather is a concern and please monitor the event status on Robot Cancellations will be posted there.

Refund and Payment Policies

Refunds will be granted in event of a cancellation due to Covid-19 or inclement weather.

Refunds will be granted on a case by case basis after this.

Health and Safety Policies

Detailed policies regarding Covid-19 will be announced as the date nears. They tend to change by the millisecond. 

Date: 15-Dec-2022
River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center
333 North Dixie Highway
Monroe, Michigan 48162
United States

Travel Info

U.S.-75, exit westbound at exit 15 Dixie Highway. River Raisin Battlefield visitor center is ~ 2 miles.


Livestreaming is planned for the vexvirus3547 youtube channel. 

Judging Format


  •  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.