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2019 Mineral Area VEX Challenge at the Robot and Technology Expo "Cancelled" Low Registration

Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Spots Open
Event Region
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event has been canceled.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

The 2019 Mineral Area VEX Challenge is an event that takes place during the annual Robot and Technology Expo on the campus of Mineral Area College. It is an opportunity for youth to demonstrate their learning, celebrate their accomplishments and interact with others who share their interest in robotics and programming. There will be a  VEX Turning Point competition, VEX Skills Challenge Competitions, VEX IQ  Exhibition opportunity, and many exhibitions and workshops. Youth may participate in one, some or all of the events. Many organizations have been invited to set up demonstrations and hands-on activities related to robotics, technology, and programming. This event, which takes place late in the competition season is great for teams who want a challenging final competition experience before attending the World Championships, or a relaxed event with lots of fun, extra activities. There's something for everyone.




Days Agenda

Mineral Area VEX Challenge Schedule

6:30 am Building Opens
7:00 am Doors Open for Teams
7:30 am Check-ins, Inspections, Practice Field Open
8:30 am Captain's Meeting
8:45 am Opening Ceremony and Robot Parade
9:00 am VEX Qualification Matches Begin
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch Break
1:30 pm Qualification Matches Resume
2:30 pm VEX Alliance Selection
3:00 pm Elimination Matches Begin
4:30 pm Awards Ceremony / Closing
Tear Down

Schedule for non VEX events

8:00am Teams Check in for Robot Challenge
8:45 am Opening Ceremony and Robot Parade
9:00 am Robot Challenge Fields open
9:00 am Demos, LEGOs and Robotix building areas open
Scratch and Virtual NXT Programming Lab open
mini workshops begin
12:00pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Scratch Competition Presentations and Awards
1:30pm Robot Challenge Interviews complete
2:00pm Robot Challenge and Exhibition Awards
3:00 pm Demo Tables close

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 04/06/2019

Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, Missouri 63601
United States

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7:00 am Doors Open for Teams
7:15 am Check-ins, Inspections, Practice Field Open
8:45 am Captain's Meeting
9:00 am Opening Ceremony and Robot Parade
9:15 am VEX Qualification Matches Begin
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch Break
1:00 pm Qualification Matches Resume
2:30 pm VEX Alliance Selection
3:00 pm Elimination Matches Begin
4:30 pm Awards Ceremony / Closing
Tear Down


Volunteers are needed for set up and tear down of this event!!!

We are asking all teams to provide assistance on Friday afternoon and evening to help set up the fields and pit. We will start set up at 3pm. The more volunteers we have the quicker we will be finished. Please let me know how many volunteers you will have at the field house on Friday afternoon and/or evening.   THANK YOU!!!!


Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

No cancellation for bad weather.

Refund Policy

Please only register teams that you expect will attend the event. We had a waiting list in 2017 and expect that we will have one again this year.

Refund checks for teams that have to cancel before the registration deadline will be sent by the end of April.

Teams that withdraw from the competition after the registration deadline will NOT be issued refunds.

Date: 04/06/2019
Mineral Area College
5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, Missouri 63601
United States

Travel Info



Mineral Area College:  5270 Flat River Road, Park Hills, MO 63601

Mineral Area College is located approximately 60 miles, or one hour, southwest of St. Louis. The college is located just off Highway 67 at the Leadington-Park Hills exit.

From North: Take I-55 South to Exit 174b (Hwy. 67 - Bonne Terre/Farmington). Continue on Highway 67 South for 30 miles. Take the Park Hills/Leadington exit. Turn left and Mineral Area College will be on the left.

From South: Take I-55 North to Exit 150 (Hwy. 32 Ste Genevieve/Farmington). Turn left onto Highway 32 and continue for 21 miles. Turn right at the stop light onto Karsch Blvd. Continue on Karsch Blvd. for 3 miles and then Karsch Blvd will turn into Highway 67. Make a slight right on to Highway 67 North and continue for 3 miles. Take the Park Hills/Leadington exit. It will be the second Park Hills exit. Turn right and Mineral Area College will be on the left.

Campus Map

The competition will be held in the FIELD HOUSE on the campus of Mineral Area College

click here for campus map

Parking and Load In

Park in Lot C, directly across the road from the Field House. There is a flight of stairs down to the level of the gymnasium where the pit area and fields are.

There are no elevators in the field house. The pit area is located at the lower level on the gym floor.  For loading and unloading, you might want to use the entrance at the gym floor level around the back of the building. 

The front doors open into the main seating area, above the gym floor. 



Documents - Resources for coaches and teams - Please READ!!

Resources for Coaches and Teams

There are AWESOME resources for teams on the Roboticseducation website.  Click HERE for resources on Team Organization and Planning, Troubleshooting Robot Issues, Cortex Guide, Curriculum, Coach Training, Engineering Notebook advice, and MORE.... 

Also - the VEX FORUMS are  another great resource. There are sections on robot design, programming, and team organization. 

Media Release and Consent Forms

A completed consent form for all participants must be turned in during check-in. Team leaders will need to collect the completed forms for all team members attending the event and turn them into the registration desk when checking in. Download the VEX/ REC Foundation Consent & Waiver Form HERE.


Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting event. All teams should come prepared for a full day of competition. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.

1. Do a final review of the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments. The inspection checklist can be found here.

2. Check the official VEX forums for rule updates and changes.  Check this often during the season. 

3. Pack for the event the day before the day of departure. Here are a few items that you don't want to forget.
* Goggles/Safety Glasses
* Spare parts & tools
* Batteries and chargers
* Programming cable
* Power Strip
* Laptop computer
* Engineering notebook (if you have one)
* Banners and other decorations for your team pit
* Giveaways if you have them

4. Be sure to read 101 Things You Should Know Before Your First VEX Tournament.

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

6. Prep for your interviews with the judges.

7. Remember that safety comes first, please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team, or others nearby as the venue is a very tight fit.


Also, remember no grinding or other actions that create sparks!!!



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