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CMA Celestial Showdown - Last Chance MS State Qualifier

Invitational, VRC, MS Only, In-Person Judging

24-Feb-2024 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX V5 Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
In-Person Invitational
Field Control System
Smart Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Standard Registration Opens
26-Dec-2023 20:00 EST
Registration Deadline
19-Feb-2024 20:07 EST
Payment Deadline
24-Feb-2024 20:37 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

This event will be a Middle School Only Tournament for Kansas Teams only, and will serve as a LAST CHANCE to qualfiy for the KS State Tournament. This tournament is only for MS VRC teams that have not yet qualified for the KS state tournament as of the end of the day on Saturday, February 17th. See the following bulleted statements about registering teams and swapping. Let me know if you will be bringing payment with you on the 24th or submitting payment to the REC.  This tournament will be complete with trophies from the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation and be open to only KS MS teamsThis Event will have 6 qualification rounds per team.  There will be an on-site concession stand for lunch.  Thank you so much for registering for the CMA Robotics LAST CHANCE tournament. 

  • The teams per organization limit will be set to 3, but if you have more than 3 teams who want to come, put them on the waitlist and we will fill any empty spots during the week before.
  • Coaches can sign up any three of their teams early on, but if they qualify at some point in the season they can swap them out for another unqualified team in their organization the week before the event. So in essence each coach is reserving 3 spots at the event, and the coach can decide which teams will come as we get closer to the event.

Competition Preparation:

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


After consultation with the local school district and the Regional Coordinator, the Event Partner reserves the right to make changes to the above Health and Safety Policies in order to facilitate the safest event possible for the students, coaches, and volunteers. Any changes to these requirements will be shared with registered teams as soon as possible.

1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist before the competiton so that there is ample time for adjustments. 

2. Check the official VEX forums for rule updates and changes.

3. Pack for the event the day before the day of departure. Remember: Goggles/Safety glasses, spare parts and tools, batteries and chargers, power strip, extension cord, laptop computer, engineering notebook (if you have one, helpful for Judges, Design, and Exellence Awards - yes, we will have those, banners/decorations for your team pit, giveaways if you want. 

4. Safety comes first. Tools brought with you should not pose a safety risk with sparks, etc.

5. Understand how the game will be played. VEX participants are more than welcome to watch the referee training videos before they attend a tournament. The referee videos can be found using this website.

6. Be certain you have the latest updates for all your equipment.

7. Participation and consent form - a completed form for all participants must be turned in to participate. These may be completed on-line and uploaded to the REC website and will be there all season long; contact me via email if you need help doing this. This event is a Middle School Only Tournament, complete with trophies from the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. This event is open to all registered Kansas MS teams that have not qualified for state as of Feb 17th end of day. This Event will have 6 qualification rounds per team.  There will be an on-site concession stand for lunch.

Grade Level: Middle School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Eligible Teams: Invitation Only - Non-State Qualifiers

Grade Level: Middle School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 24-Feb-2024

Christa McAuliffe Academy K-8
2055 South 143rd Street East
Wichita, Kansas 67230
United States

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7:30 AM Doors open for Team Check-in and inspections begin. Engineering notebooks will be collected at the Team Check-in table when you arrive. Judging of notebooks will conclude by 1:30. Judges will visit with ALL teams in their pit areas by 1:30 as well. 

8:30 AM Drivers meeting

9:00 AM Qualification rounds begin and Skills course opens. (Each Team will get 3 Skills runs of each.) Judging begins in the pits now as well and will conclude by 1:30.

12:15 - 1:00 PM Lunch Break

1:00 PM Qualification rounds continue

1:30 PM Skills course closes

2:30 PM Alliance selection

2:45 PM Elimination rounds begin.

3:45 PM Tournament Concludes and Awards Ceremony begins.

4:00 PM Conclusion of Tournament, but hopefully sooner than this.


If you would like to volunteer please contact Matthew French ([email protected]) or Mark Smith ([email protected])  or call at 316-619-6216 (Matt's cell).

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

A decision will made the day before the meet whether or not to cancel the meet. Since this meet comes right before the State Tournament, there would be no time left to reschedule.

Refund and Payment Policies

If the Event Partner cancels the event: A refund will be given. 

If a Coach/Mentor completes registration for the event then chooses to withdraw or not attend: Refunds may be requested up to 7 days prior to the event start date. If cancellation occurs, refunds will be issued accordingly.

$5 will be subtracted from all refunds to cover the RECF's per team fee. 

Date: 24-Feb-2024
Christa McAuliffe Academy K-8
2055 South 143rd Street East
Wichita, Kansas 67230
United States

Travel Info

We are located at 2055 S 143rd St E, Wichita, KS 67230

Fastest route >> East on Kellogg/54, South at QT on 143rd.

South of Harry Street, North of Pawnee

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.