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CREATE U.S. Open Robotics Championship - VRC HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

4-Apr-2019 - 6-Apr-2019
Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
This event is closed to registration because:
  • 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 in 2019. 

We expect the 2019 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 six distinct divisions in this multifaceted event.  This is the VRC - High School Division.  If you are looking for one of our other divisions: VRC- Middle School, VEX IQ, CREATE Jr, or the Open Program Division, please return to the main RobotEvents page and select the proper event.  New for 2019: We will be expanding the High School portion of the tournament to 4 divisions.  Each division will have approximately 60-65 teams. 

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 wait list.  If any teams are invited off the wait list they will be notified, at the earliest, mid February.

Tournament Code of Conduct

CREATE Sponsored and Co-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.

Video Judging

Video Judging will be used this year for all High School Divisions. Video judging requires each team to submit a video based upon the guidelines found here. Be sure to read the Team Guidelines thoroughly. Feel free to review the two event partner documents too. This will give you a clear understanding of how video judging works and how your team will be evaluated.

All teams are highly encouraged to submit a team video. Many awards including Excellence and Design require the submission of a video. Teams with superior videos will be first interviewed in their pit area and then potentially invited for a face-to-face interview. If your team advances to the face-to-face interviews, an invitation will be placed on your pit table Friday morning. Be sure to bring your engineering notebook in case you are selected for a face-to-face interview.

Submit video by filling out this High School Video Judging Google Form.

Submission Deadline: March 23rd, 2019

Engineering Notebook

ALL teams are strongly encouraged to submit an engineering notebook.  These will be collected at registration and all notebooks will be reviewed.  This should be done whether or not you have submitted a video.  A review of your engineering notebook will be the first step in potentially earning a face-to-face interview geared at determining the Design Award winner.


All team members, coaches and any adult assisting a team are required to fill out and submit a CREATE U.S. Open Waiver form.  Be sure to read the waiver form over thoroughly.  To help event registration to move along quickly, we ask each person to have filled out this waiver prior to arriving.  Thank you in advance for helping with this. Here is a direct link to the Waiver form. (Please note: This waiver is mandatory, and is the only one required.)

Wait List

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

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

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


Invitations are NOT a Guarantee of Participation

Often, divisions 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 division fills, registration is permanently closed to domestic teams.  We do not expand capacity and no teams will be taken off of the wait list.  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.  Essentially we are anticipating, even counting on, a few teams canceling, thus we do not open up spots.  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: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 4-Apr-2019 - 6-Apr-2019

Mid-America Center - One Arena Way and
Iowa West Field House - Five Arena Way
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
United States

Contact Information

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Here is the VRC High School Schedule.

For the schedules of 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 please sign up at our VRC Tournament Volunteer Sign Up 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 Policy

All requests for refunds must be made in writing via email.  Full refunds will be granted to requests made prior to 1/1/2019.  Refunds of $300 will be issued to teams requesting a refund after 12/31/18 and prior to 2/1/2019. $100 refunds will be issued to teams requesting a refund prior to 3/20/2019. No refunds will be issued after 3/19/2019.  (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 12/31/18.)

Date: 4-Apr-2019 - 6-Apr-2019
Mid-America Center - One Arena Way and
Iowa West Field House - Five Arena Way
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
United States

Travel Info

For travel information please visit our Tournament Home Page.


A link to the webcsat will be posted on our Tournament Home Page no later than 4/1/2019.




Additional Awards

VRC High School Tournament Awards              
  Skills Challenge Fourth Place 25461Z Uncharted 2nd Floor Robotics Fate Texas United States
  Bracket Buster Award 3638A Fluxion Northwest Academy of Science Sammamish Washington United States
    5509B VHS Knights VHS Robotics Combined Locks Wisconsin United States
VRC/Open Program Challenge Awards              
  Mega Alliance Challenge Champion 1008M Minimal Margins Vermillion Area Robotics Club Vermillion South Dakota United States
    6842Z PigPen Park Tudor Upper School Indianapolis Indiana United States
    7K 7 K Robotics 7 K Robotics Courtenay British Columbia Canada
  Mega Alliance Challenge Finalist 80708X Exobytes Exobytes Montclair Virginia United States
    8675B Spyder Byte DC West Community Schools Valley Nebraska United States
    621A SFS Stands For Something K.I.D.S. Inc. & Marion County STEM 4 H Club Indianapolis Indiana United States
VRC/Open Program Event-Wide Awards              
  Teacher of the Year   Mr. Robb Barton Niles North Robotics Skokie Illinois United States
  Mentor of the Year   Mr. Doug Tweedt TechnaPWN Robotics Council Bluffs Iowa United States
U.S. Open Event-Wide Award              
  Volunteer of the Year   Mr. Tom Jensen CSG International Omaha Nebraska United States