Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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7th NorCal Silicon Valley V5RC Signature Event

High School

14-Feb-2025 - 16-Feb-2025 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX V5 Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
Smart Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
California - Region 2
Early-Bird Registration Opens
27-Oct-2024 12:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
10-Nov-2024 12:00 EST
Registration Deadline
7-Feb-2025 00:00 EST
Payment Deadline
14-Jan-2025 00:00 EST

A maximum of 50% of team registrations can be from any one event region

Region Maximum % # Spots Allowed # Spots Remaining
California - Region 2 50% 50 50
This event is closed to registration because:
  • Registration opens at a future date.

General Info

This is the 7th annual NorCal Signature High School Event. 

This event will be a qualifying event for the VEX Robotics World Championships. We look forward to your participation!

This event for high school teams will run for 3 days: Opening on Friday evening (with optional Inspection and Skills), qualifying and skills matches on Saturday, and remaining qualifying matches, followed by playoffs and elimination matches on Sunday afternoon. We plan to have each team participate in 9-10 qualifying matches.

We strive to conduct the event safely. Please ensure you have read the Health and Safety Policies, for your own safety and others at the event.  We will update the travel section to provide information on discounted hotel rates as soon as we have it. We will be updating this section periodically with additional information on things to do. We will be adding more hotels to this page soon.  We have also made a lot of arrangements to have a fun and safe event for everyone. 

Discounted Hotels:  Please see the travel section to see the exclusive discounted rates we are offering for teams travelling to the signature event. We will update this section when we have more information.

No pre-qualification requirements to register for the event. If you have financial difficulty please send us an email and we will support you on a case-by-case basis. 

Since this is a REC Foundation Signature Event, we are required to have a certain number of teams registered from outside of California for this Signature Event. For those coming from out of state, please let us know if you need any financial assistance - we may waive the registration fee. Please contact the event partner first for more information.


Grade Level: High School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Grade Level: High School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: Remote Engineering Notebooks

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 14-Feb-2025 - 16-Feb-2025

India Community Center
525 Los Coches Street
Milpitas, California 95035
United States

Contact Information

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The following Agenda is tentative and will be updated closer to the event dates


Friday, Feb 14th, 2025

5:30 PM - Inspection and skills field open

8:15 PM - Inspection and skills field close

8:30 PM - Facility closes. All teams required to vacate the premises.


Saturday, Feb 15th, 2025

6:45 AM - Doors Open and Inspection Begins - Only teams not inspected on Feb 16

7:30 AM - Inspection closes (hard deadline)

7:45 AM - Opening Ceremonies

8:00 AM - Drivers Meeting

8:30 AM - Qualification matches and skills begin

12:00 PM - Lunch break 

12:30 PM - Qualification matches resume

7:30 PM - Day Ends, clean up and start vacating the premises

8:00 PM - Facility closes. All teams required to vacate the premises.


Sunday, Feb 16th, 2025

7:00 AM - Doors Open

7:30 AM - Qualification Matches & Skills Resume 

12:00 PM - Alliance Selection Begins & Skills Fields Close

12:30 AM - Lunch

1:00 PM - Elimination Matches Begin

3:30 PM - Award Ceremonies and Closing Completed

4:00 PM - All teams are required to vacate the premises. Facility Closed.

5:00 PM - High School Signature event - Door Opens


We could not host successful events without our amazing volunteers!

Please sign up here for volunteering!

  • No prior robotics experience is needed.

  • All volunteering counts towards volunteering hours for students

  • We are happy to sign necessary volunteering hours forms for you

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

We do not expect dad weather to not impact this event, since all activities are indoors or in covered areas.

However, in case of an unforeseen cancellation, the event partner(s) will communicate with you as early as possible. 

Teams should make sure their contact information on is up to date, and includes phone numbers that they will be able to access during weekends and / or holidays, in case of any urgent communications become necessary.

Refund and Payment Policies

If the Event Partner cancels the event:

Event partner(s) will try their best to issue full refunds (minus the $5 processing fee charged by Robot Events) in the event of an unforeseen cancellation.

If a Coach/Mentor completes registration for the event and then chooses to withdraw or not attend:

Registrations will not be refunded for teams that registered but did not attend. If there are teams on the waiting list that can backfill vacated spots, and if you let us know at least five weeks before the event date.

All payments MUST be received before the payment deadline date of Dec 7th, 2024. Teams registered after payment deadline will need to pay registration fee within 1 week.  If payment is not received, teams will be moved to the waitlist, and teams from the waitlist will be offered the spot. Reminders will be sent before the payment deadline. Unless you have an explicit exception from the event partner, your team will be placed back on the waitlist if payment is not received by the payment deadline.

Judging Format

Please look out for updates to this section closer to the event date.

Judging format for this event will be: Digital Engineering Notebook Submissions + In Person Team Interviews.

  • Engineering notebooks will need to be submitted digitally for evaluation via a link found within the "My Account" panel of the team contact on RobotEvents.
  • Initial Team Interviews may be conducted remotely, possibly before the date of the event, followed by team interviews conducted in-person at the event.
  • Engineering Notebook submission deadline: Please see instructions here

Signature Event Early Bird Policy

  • All Signature Events will have a specific Early Bird Registration that is independent of all local/regional Early Bird systems
    • Each team starts the season with three (3) opportunities to register during the Signature Event Early-Bird period
      • An opportunity is taken away each time the team registers for a Signature Event, whether during the Signature Event Early-Bird period or Standard period
      • A Signature Event Early-Bird opportunity is not taken away if a team registers for a tournament hosted by their school or organization (where the team’s coach is the Event Partner)
    • Early Bird Registration will open 16 weeks before the event at 12:00PM EST
      • Note: Modifications to this may be made for events in August and September
    • Standard Registration will open 14 weeks before the event at 12:00PM EST
    • An Event Partner may register their own teams to their Signature Event during Signature Event Early Bird Registration no matter how many other Signature Events they are already registered for  
      • The Event Partner must be the Primary Contact for the teams they are registering