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VRC, 2021 Arizona VRC Middle School State Championship, MS Only, In‑Person, Live, Remote Judging

03/27/2021
VRC, 2021 Arizona VRC Middle School State Championship, MS Only, In‑Person, Live, Remote Judging VRC, 2021 Arizona VRC Middle School State Championship, MS Only, In‑Person, Live, Remote Judging

Event Code: RE-VRC-21-3748

Program: VEX Robotics Competition

Type of Event: Tournament

Event Format: In-Person

Capacity: 24 / Spots Open: 12

Event Region: Arizona

Price: $100.00

This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.

Event Sponsors:
Event Dates

Date: 03/27/2021

Venue/Location:

Desert Ridge High School
10045 E Madero Ave
Mesa, Arizona 85209
United States


Grade Level: Middle School

Robot Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: Remote judging

Contact Information

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General Info

18x18az is proud to partner with Desert Ridge High School to present the 2021 Arizona VRC Middle‑School State Championship!

 

Qualifying for This Event

This event is open to ALL registered teams! That's right: all Arizona middle‑school teams are invited to register and participate in this year's State Championship!

We do strongly recommend, however, that teams participate in at least one prior event if possible, whether in‑person, Remote‑Skills, or Live Remote Tournament. We would be happy to help you find events — please contact us!

 

Qualifying for Remote VEX Robotics World Championship 2021

This event will qualify five spots to the VEX Robotics World Championship:

  • Excellence Award
  • Tournament Champions
  • Design Award
  • Robot Skills Champion

If a team double‑qualifies, the extra spot will be awarded to the highest unqualified middle‑school team in the World Skills Standings for Arizona. These include scores posted prior to and at this event. See the official Qualifying Criteria for more details.

 

Event Logistics

  • Masks, covering both the nose and mouth, will be required for all attendees at all times.
    • If your mask has a valve, you will be asked to double‑mask or switch to a mask without a valve. Extra masks will be available on‑site for this purpose.
  • No spectators will be allowed at the event. Encourage friends and family to watch the livestream instead.
  • Pits will be located outside.
  • Only the three‑person drive team and one adult associated with the team will be allowed in the competition area.
  • Engineering notebooks must be submitted electronically, via a link, prior to the event. See the Judge Guide Addendum for more details about Remote Judging.
  • Judging interviews will be conducted via video call at designated judging stations.
  • No food or drink will be sold on‑site. Teams choosing to go to nearby restaurants are strongly encouraged to eat outside and practice 6 feet of social distancing to help mitigate the spread of COVID‑19.

 

Livestream

The event will be livestreamed and recorded: https://youtu.be/lnbFFeZLftw

 

Event Apparel

Official event T‑shirts are now available for purchase! Order yours now: https://customink.com/fundraising/az-vrcms-sc

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Consent Forms

Consent forms must be submitted electronically for all students and adults that will be attending the event. Users listed as team contacts in Robot Events can verify that all necessary consent forms are submitted from the My Account page.

 

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Message from REC Foundation:

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 hosts should continually assess, based on current government guidelines, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees when necessary.

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Agenda

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Doors open, registration, inspection
9:15 AM Drivers meeting
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM Qualification matches
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Judging interviews and Skills
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Judging interviews and Skills
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Qualification matches
3:30 PM Alliance selection
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM Elimination matches
4:45 PM Awards and closing ceremony
  

The Robot Skills Challenge will be offered from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Volunteer

We are still looking for setup and teardown volunteers! Please fill out this brief form if you are interested: https://forms.gle/NdJbox6yJqfTHGYXA

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather, pits will be moved indoors into individual classrooms.

If for any reason the event must be canceled, teams will be notified promptly by email. It will not be possible to offer refunds.

Refund Policy

Due to the constrained event planning timeline and the nature of costs associated with the event, it will not be possible to offer any refunds.

Travel Info

Desert Ridge High School is located along the east side of Crismon Rd, just north of Guadalupe Rd.

Desert Ridge High School
10045 E Madero Ave
Mesa, AZ 85209

Please use this map to help you navigate the campus (note the one‑way streets):

Event and parking map (Click here for interactive map)

Payment Policy

Payment or a purchase order must be received in Robot Events no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the event — Robot Events should show that your transaction is paid or processing. All payments must be processed through Robot Events.

If extenuating circumstances prevent you from submitting payment on time, please contact Barin Banerjee, barin@18x18az.org.

Health and Safety Policy

Failure to comply with COVID‑19–related policies may be considered grounds for disqualification and/or dismissal from the event.
It is the responsibility of the team to ensure all students and adults attending the event are fully informed of all health and safety policies before arrival.
  • Masks, covering both the nose and mouth, will be required for all attendees at all times.
    • If your mask has a valve, you will be asked to double‑mask or switch to a mask without a valve. Extra masks will be available on‑site for this purpose.
  • No spectators will be allowed at the event. Encourage friends and family to watch the livestream instead.
  • Only the three‑person drive team and one adult associated with the team will be allowed in the competition area.
  • All attendees will be screened for COVID‑19 symptoms upon arrival.

Additional policies may be implemented as necessary in the time leading up to the event.

 

Stay sharp — keep 6 ft apart

 

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Message from REC Foundation:

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 hosts should continually assess, based on current government guidelines, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees when necessary.

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Team Email 3/22

Hello teams! Thank you for registering for the State Championship! We can't wait to have you all compete this Saturday, but here are some things to know in advance:

  1. Submit your engineering notebook by Friday at 10 AM. Please follow the instructions in the form (linked in the email).

  2. All attendees must wear a mask, covering both the nose and mouth, at all times. This includes both indoors and outdoors. Face shields are not a substitute for masks. If you are eating or drinking, ensure you are at least 6 ft away from anyone else. We ask that you keep snacking to a minimum to limit the spread of COVID‑19.

    • If your mask has a valve, you will be asked to double‑mask or switch to a mask without a valve. Extra masks will be available for this purpose.

  3. Bring sunscreen and water bottles! The forecast for the event is sunny with a high of 81℉. Though the pits are shaded, please make sure to stay hydrated and protected from the Arizona sun!

  4. No food will be sold on‑site. Please pack lunch or plan to go off‑site for lunch. If you choose to go to a restaurant, we strongly encourage you to eat outside and practice social distancing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  5. Only the drive team and one adult in the competition area. Each team will receive three Drive Team buttons at check‑in. The drive team, of up to three students, must wear their Drive Team buttons to be allowed in the competition area, and they may be accompanied by one adult.

  6. Judging will require an adult to be with the team. Video call judging stations will be set up in a classroom (separate from the pit area), and each team will be assigned an interview time at check‑in. Per RECF rules, an adult must accompany the team for their interview, though the adult may not speak while the interview is in progress.

  7. Event apparel is now available for purchase! If you or your team would like an official event T‑shirt, you may buy one until March 30: https://customink.com/fundraising/az-vrcms-sc

  8. The event will be livestreamed! If you have friends and family that want to watch, please encourage them to tune in to the livestream: https://youtu.be/lnbFFeZLftw

 

In addition, even if you have been to DRHS before, please take a look at the Travel Info tab on Robot Events to make sure you know where to park when you arrive.

Lastly, we are still looking for some more volunteers to help with event setup and teardown. Please share this link with your team members, coaches, and anyone else that may be interested in helping! All the details are in the form: https://forms.gle/uakZC6b9yKGMMffr8

As we near the end of this very unique season, we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday to qualify 5 teams to the Remote VEX Robotics World Championship!

 

Best regards,
Barin Banerjee
Event Partner