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Thief River Falls VIQRC Extravaganza & Tournament


13-Jan-2024 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
9-Oct-2023 16:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
2-Dec-2023 16:00 EST
Registration Deadline
10-Jan-2024 16:00 EST
Payment Deadline
1-Jan-2024 16:00 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

This is our 5th annual Thief River Falls VEX IQ Event. This will be a fun event centered around the VEX IQ Full Volume teamwork and skills tournament. Not only will we be giving out one of the largest selections of trophies in the state we will also have a number of fun VEX IQ side events for your teams to participate in during the tournament.

Pits and practice area will be open on Friday Evening (Inspections depending on judging availability) Tournament will be all day on Saturday with concessions on site. Come join the fun in Thief River Falls. 

Please read through the following information to make sure your team(s) are prepared for the tournament.

Registration Information

All participating teams must be registered with VEX Robotics and the Robot Events website and have an official team number before registering for this event. Tournament fees must be paid before teams are allowed to compete. Registration and payments should be made through the Robot Events website.

Engineering notebooks

We will be collecting Physical engineering notebooks at this event for judging.

Lunch and Concessions

Full concessions will be available opening shortly after opening ceremonies and closing once qualifying rounds are complete. Lunch specials will be announced.

Finals Matches

The top 50% of teams will move into finals and will be paired up and participate in Finals matches. (Don't go away though as there might just be a fun challenge for the rest of the field!)

Competition Preparation

All teams should come prepared for competition. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.


Review all game information: Current Game Webpage

  1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments. Robots must use VEX IQ parts. Please self inspect before arriving at the tournament using the IQ Robot Inspection Checklist

  2. Check the official VEX forums for rule updates and changes.

  3. Carefully read all of the information contained in the tournament posting on

  4. 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

    • Power strip and extension cord

    • Laptop computer

    • Programming cable

    • Engineering notebook (Required for judged awards)

    • Banners and other decorations for your team pit table

    • Giveaways if you have them

  5. Be sure to read VEX Tournaments 101.

  6. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament.

  7. Prep for your interviews with the judges and read the Judge's Guide. 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 teams are close to each other in the venue pit area. Also, remember no grinding or other actions that create sparks, ask the tournament director for a safe location if grinding is needed.

  9. Ensure that you have the latest version of programming software and firmware for your IQ Brain.

Participation and Consent Form

A completed form for all participants must be uploaded to prior to the tournament. Team leaders will need to check that all team members attending the event have completed the online consent form prior to the tournament. Instructions on how to upload consent forms in English or Spanish is given here: VEX Consent Form (English) or VEX Consent Form (Spanish)

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 13-Jan-2024

Franklin Middle School
300 Spruce Avenue South
Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
United States

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Friday Jan 12th

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Pits and Practice area open. (TBD Inspections if volunteers available)

Saturday Jan 13th

7:00 AM – Doors open for volunteers 

7:15 AM – Referee Meeting – Competition Fields 

7:30 AM - Doors open for teams -Check-In Inspection - Practice Fields Open 

7:45 AM – Judges Meeting – Judges Room 

8:00 AM – Skills Field opens for inspected Teams

9:00 AM Check-In/Inspections Close (earlier if all teams are inspected.) 

9:00 AM Team Meetings / Opening Ceremony 

9:30 AM Qualification Rounds Begin 

              - VEX IQ Side games/challenges begin

12:00 PM- 30 Minute Lunch Break (if matches are running on time) 

3:30 PM Qualification Rounds End 

              - VEX IQ Side games close

3:45 PM Finals Rounds Begin  - Some awards will be handed out during the finals matches

4:00 PM Closings and Awards Ceremony 


We are always in need of volunteers to make an event like this run smoothly. Look for a volunteer link to appear here. If you know you want to volunteer prior to the link being posted please feel free to reach out to [email protected]

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

We strive each year to have the tournemant happen as scheduled reguardless of weather. That being said we do not recommend anyone take unnessasary risks to attend a robotics event in bad weather. As with all school events we do follow the guidence of the Athletic Director and School officials and will announce any changes as soon as those are made.

Refund and Payment Policies

If the Event Partner cancels the event: Refunds will be given in the form of credit for a future event.


If a Coach/Mentor completes registration for the event then chooses to withdraw or not attend: No refunds or credits are available in this situation


Judging Format


  • All 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.