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RCS - McMichael High School - "I have a dream" -

MS/HS NC VRC Northern Qualifier

15-Jan-2024 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
VEXNet Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
North Carolina
Early-Bird Registration Opens
24-Oct-2023 12:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
4-Dec-2023 12:00 EST
Registration Deadline
1-Jan-2024 14:40 EST
Payment Deadline
8-Jan-2024 17:02 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info


  • In-Person Tournament 
  • Face-to-Face Judging
  • Physical Engineering Notebooks
  • Skills Offered

General Info:

Rockingham County Schools, McMichael High School, Morehead High School, and Nestle Purina are excited to host the NC VRC "I Have A Dream" Northern Qualifier.  We are looking forward to hosting your VRC teams in what promises to be an amazing event with teams from all over North Carolina.  Please refer to the agenda tab for the schedule.  We anticipate that each team will have seven competition rounds for this event, however, this may change due to the number of registered teams and match reset rates.  We are planning an in-person tournament, with in-person judging and physical notebooks.  If you keep a digital notebook, a printed notebook housed in a three-ring binder is acceptable.  Some Middle school-specific awards may not be given out depending on the number of middle school teams that register for this event.  We will award these awards if we have enough competing teams.


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. Prepare 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 no grinding or other actions that create sparks, ask the tournament director for a safe location if grinding is needed.

  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 are given here: VEX Consent Form (English) or VEX Consent Form (Spanish)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected] or [email protected]

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 15-Jan-2024

Dalton McMichael High School
6845 North Carolina 135
Mayodan, North Carolina 27027
United States

Contact Information

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7:30 AM Doors open to volunteers only

8:00 AM - 9 AM Check-in / Inspection / Practice

8:45 AM Check-in Closed

9:15 AM Event meeting / Opening Ceremony

9:30 - 11:30 AM morning session - Design Interviews - Pits

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM Lunch

12:15 - 3:15 PM Afternoon session - Design Interviews - Pits

3:30 PM  Alliance Selections

3:45 PM Elimination Rounds / Finals Matches

TBD  -  Awards follow Final Matches


Get Inspired and have fun! Be a part of the excitement by joining a team of volunteers who help in a variety of ways to make this event a success for the students. Please send me a message if you would like to volunteer.

[email protected]

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

All events are indoors.

Weather-related decisions are made at the RCS district level.  In the event we have to cancel due to weather conditions, an announcement on this site as well as through email will be made immediately after that decision is made. 

If Rockingham County Schools is in session on Friday and the weather appears to hold on Saturday, we will hold the event.

Teams need to make safe decisions regarding travel.

Refund and Payment Policies

If the Event Partner cancels/postpones the event: 

  • We will issue partial refunds to teams who cannot attend an alternate date.  Possibly 2/3/24.

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

  • Partial refunds of $75 will be issued up to December 25th. 2023. Any teams canceling beyond this date or not showing up for the event will not receive a refund.

Teams that do not pay will not be allowed to participate. No payments will be accepted on the day of the event.

  • All requests for refunds must be made no later than 3 weeks prior to the event via email to [email protected].
  • All refund requests must be made by the adult sponsor who must register with Rockingham County Schools finance department as a Vendor.
  • Refunds, if approved, will be processed within 2 months following the event.
  • Any cancellations inside of the three-week window prior to the event will not get a refund.
  • No refunds after December 25th., 2024.

Health and Safety Policies

This event will follow any currently applied North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines.

Date: 15-Jan-2024
Dalton McMichael High School
6845 North Carolina 135
Mayodan, North Carolina 27027
United States

Travel Info

McMichael High School

6845 NC Highway 135

Mayodan, NC 27027

Phone (336) 427-5165




Google Maps Location

Parking is available in the front of the school.  Feel free to use the roundabout as a drop-off and loading location however, parking is prohibited.

McMichael High School Parking

Judging Format

Please see the Guide to Judging for more information.

  • All In-Person Judging - The Team Interviews and Engineering Notebooks will be judged in person on the day of the event. Teams should bring a physical copy of their notebook to submit to the judges.