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2024 Western Iowa VEX PWNAMENT

Blended VRC MS/HS

20-Jan-2024 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX V5 Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
Smart Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
30-Oct-2023 16:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
9-Dec-2023 16:00 EST
Registration Deadline
17-Jan-2024 16:00 EST
Payment Deadline
8-Jan-2024 16:00 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event has reached capacity. Teams on waitlist may still be added.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

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.

We have decided to go ahead with the tournament, weather is not the best, but temps. will be rising all day. Use you own best judgement if you feel you are okay, you are more than welcome to come join us. If you are not comfortable coming in this weather we understand and will work with you. Please let me know ahead of time if you are not coming so we are not waiting on you by error. Thany you and try and stay warm. Doug at [email protected] or text/call at 402-690-3132.

Engineering notebooks

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

Lunch and Concessions

Full concessions provided by the school will be available from 9 am to 3 pm.

Elimination Matches

Up to 32 teams will participate in elimination matches.  All elimination matches will be best of 1

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 V5 parts. Please self inspect before arriving at the tournament using the V5 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.

    • Goggles/Safety Glasses

    • 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 all grinding or other actions that create sparks should be done with safety glasses and in a safe location.

  9. Ensure that you have the latest version of programming software and firmware for your V5 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: 20-Jan-2024

Thomas Jefferson High School
2501 West Broadway
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
United States

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 7:30 Registration

 7:45 Inspections

7:45 Skills Challenge Open to all teams passing inspection

 8:00 Judging starts

 8:45 Opening Ceramonies and Drivers meeting

 9:00 Qualification Rounds Begin

12:00 Lunch Break

12:45 Qualification Rounds Resume

 3:15 Break

 3:25 Alliance Selection

 3:40 Elimination Rounds Begin

 4:30 Awards

 5:00 Break Down & Venue closes


All are welcome, please contact Doug Tweedt (712-322-1123) or Susan Plummer (402-980-2415).

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

We will notify teams by 3:00 the day before if event has to be cancelled due to weather or other conditions. 

Refund and Payment Policies

Teams will be refunded 80 percent of the registration fee if cancellation is by January 15th. No refunds after this date unless extenuation circumstances are shown. If tournament is cancelled due to weather, a full refund less the RECF $5 fee which is not recoverable.

Health and Safety Policies

We will be following any current recommendations from the RECF

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