VEX Robotics World Championship – Plan Your Visit

2018 VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

PRESENTED BY THE NORTHROP GRUMMAN FOUNDATION

The VEX Robotics World Championship will once again take place in Louisville, Kentucky, starting with the VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U
portion of the event from April 24-27, followed immediately by VEX IQ Challenge portion held April 28-30.

Visit the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship event pages for each division to get up to date on all the information needed to prepare for the event.

VEX Worlds

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Game Information

The object of the game is to attain the highest score by scoring and stacking colored Hubs in Building Zones, removing Bonus Hubs from the Hanging Structure, and by Parking or Hanging on the Hanging Bar.

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The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by High Scoring or Low Scoring Caps, Toggling Flags, and by Alliance Parking or Center Parking Robots on the Platforms.

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General Information

EVENT DESCRIPTION

The The VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, brings together top robotics teams in the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U under one roof to celebrate their accomplishments and participate with the best teams from around the world.

A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Special thanks to our Global Sponsors Autodesk, TVA, Dell, NASA, Texas Instruments, Google, HexBug, IFI, Rack Solutions, VEX Robotics, and Robomatter.

We also would like to thank our many VEX Robotics World Championship sponsors: MathWorks, Microchip, US Army, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, Navy, Diversified Woodcrafts, Nissan, UPS, Nordson, Robotmesh, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, EdCo, and Toyotetsu. The commitment and support of these partners ensure a great experience for everyone attending the event.

MOBILE APP

Check back soon for information about this year’s VEX Robotics World Championship mobile app.

WAIT LIST

Space at World Championship will be in high demand and we don’t anticipate many (if any) spots opening up for teams on the wait list. Click the “Wait List” tab to place your team on the wait list. If spots open up, teams on the wait list will be notified and instructed to register.

NOMINATE STEM HALL OF FAME INSPIRATION ALL-STARS

Nominate STEM Hall of Fame Inspiration All-Stars this year and honor individuals who support your program!

Students, parents, and volunteers are invited to nominate Inspiration All-Stars through a written submission. To be considered for this award at the VEX Worlds, teams must share a 500-word essay at: robotevents.com/vexawards.

Students participating in VEX Competitions encounter Inspiration All-Stars each and every day. Some are teachers and mentors who work with individual teams to make a robotics program work. Others are volunteers who help make events happen.

ROBOT SHIPPING OPTION

Check back soon for information about shipping your team’s robot to this year’s VEX Robotics World Championship.

THE REC FOUNDATION STORE

Check back soon for the REC Foundation store’s hours of operation.

APPAREL

Check back soon for information about VEX Robotics World Championship apparel.

TEAM EMAIL BLAST ARCHIVE

Please follow this link that will direct you to the team email blast archive on VEXForum.com.

SPECTATOR INFORMATION

The VEX Robotics World Championship is free and open to the public. This lively and engaging event is suitable for the entire family. Spectators are welcome to attend the ceremonies, watch matches, and visit with teams in the pit area. Click here for parking information.

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Event Agenda

Click here for the 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship Agenda. Please note that since this agenda is tentative, times may vary from 15-30 minutes.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

Teams will be notified, via email, if any event occurs that would jeopardize VEX Worlds.

Refund Policy

VEX Robotics World Championship registration cancellations must be received by March 11, 2019, in order to receive a full refund. All cancellations must be emailed to support@robotevents.com with the team number and the contact information for the team. Teams that cancel on March 12, 2019, or after will not receive a refund for their registration fee.

Volunteer

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CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS OF ALL SKILL LEVELS – Volunteer at the VEX Robotics World Championship and help make this event the best experience ever for our participating students! Many volunteer roles do not require previous experience, and we provide online training resources to prepare you for any position. Join our volunteer team, get inspired, and have fun!

An average shift is 6-8 hours, and you can sign up for one shift, multiple shifts, and even multiple days if it suits your schedule. Volunteers who can commit to an entire day or more will get a free t-shirt, meals and snacks, swag bag, and free parking. This year we are again offering self-scheduling online, making it easy for you to select and view your shifts from any computer or mobile device.

Make volunteering a family affair! Younger kids who can pay attention to directions make great Field Resetters, and we can pair you up in the same area to volunteer together in most cases. Visit our VEX Worlds Volunteers page to learn about available volunteer positions and to sign up. We look forward to seeing you in Louisville!

Please email volunteer@roboticseducation.org with any questions.

Travel Information

HOTEL INFORMATION

These recommended hotels have been approved by VEX and offer the best rate guarantee and best terms and amenities to teams.

TRANSPORTATION

Click here for team airline, charter bus, or rental vehicle options and reservations to get to and from your destinations while in Louisville.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Teams are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel between the Louisville Airport (SDF) and their hotel.

Information about Louisville ground transportation services can be found on the airport’s website.

SHUTTLE SCHEDULE

We are excited to announce that there will be a free shuttle bus loop between the Kentucky Exposition Center and many area hotels during VEX Worlds. Check back prior to the event for details.

TEAM PARTY

VEX Worlds will once again conclude with a Team Party at Kentucky Kingdom amusement park. $30 Early bird pricing will be valid through Sunday, March 24. Tickets purchased after will cost the regular price of $45.

VISA AND INVITATION LETTER REQUESTS

The REC Foundation is happy to provide visa and invitation letters to teams. In order to process visa and invitation letters, please have the team’s primary contact fill out this form.

Please have the following information available:

  • Team info such as number, school/organization, and contact details
  • Names, birth dates, and passport country/number for every team member (including adults traveling as mentors or chaperones)

Visa and invitation letters submitted after January 31, 2019, will be processed as soon as possible, but may take up to three weeks.

Please Note: The REC Foundation will not produce a separate letter for each team member. Instead, the foundation will produce a letter for the entire team and attach the list of team members and mentors.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER

Click here for driving instructions to the Kentucky Expo Center.

LOUISVILLE BATS

PLAY BALL! If you’re searching for a safe and enjoyable place to entertain your students while in Louisville, look no further than a Louisville Bats baseball game. With a ballpark honored by national publications as one of the nation’s best, the setting is perfect for hosting student groups and it’s located less than a mile from most downtown hotels.

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Venue and Pit Area Maps

VENUE AND PIT AREA MAPS

Check back prior to the event for VEX Worlds venue and pit area maps.

Important Documents

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

The REC Foundation has created special documents for those attending their first VEX Worlds.

Additional important documents are linked below:

PARTICIPATION AND CONSENT FORM

A completed form for all participants must be submitted at check-in on Thursday of the event. Team leaders will need to collect the completed forms for all team members attending the VEX Worlds. Turn them in to the Pit Administration Registration window when checking in. Click here to download the VEX Robotics and REC Foundation Consent & Waiver Form (Spanish Version).

Global and Event Sponsors

GLOBAL AND EVENT SPONSORS

Special thanks to our Global Sponsors Autodesk, TVA, Dell, NASA, Texas Instruments, Google, HexBug, IFI, Rack Solutions, VEX Robotics, and Robomatter.

We also would like to thank our many VEX Robotics World Championship sponsors: MathWorks, Microchip, US Army, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, Navy, Diversified Woodcrafts, Nissan, UPS, Nordson, Eaton Corporation, Robotmesh, and Advanced Manufactoring & Logistics. The commitment and support of these partners ensure a great experience for everyone attending VEX Worlds.

Webcast

Visit RobotEvents.com/VEXtv during the event to build your own custom webcast and live results screen!

Results

Information regarding the VEX Robotics World Championship will become available after the event.

VEX IQ Challenge Awards

Information regarding awards will be available after the event.

VRC/VEX U Awards

Information regarding awards will be available after the event.

Concessions

ORDER YOUR TEAM LUNCHES BEFORE THE EVENT!

Check back soon for ordering information.

Media/Press

The REC Foundation happily responds to many media requests each year. For information, please contact media@roboticseducation.org or visit our media page.