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 on April 25-28, 2018, followed immediately by VEX IQ Challenge portion April 29-May 1.

Visit the 2018 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 Ringmaster is to attain the highest score by Scoring colored Rings on the Floor Goal and on Posts, by having Uniform Posts, by Emptying Starting Pegs, and by Releasing the Bonus Tray.

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The object of In the Zone is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Stacking Cones on Goals, by Scoring Mobile Goals in Goal Zones, by having the Highest Stacks, and by Parking Robots.

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General Information

EVENT DESCRIPTION

The 2018 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. The event includes top teams from events happening in cities around the world from June 2017 to March 2018. For information about the current games, visit:

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, Toyotetsu, Zeon, TATA Consulting Services, Kodak, and Maker Mobile, Inc. The commitment and support of these partners ensure a great experience for everyone attending the event.

VEX WORLDS 2018 DIVISION TEAM LISTS

VEX IQ CHALLENGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

VEX IQ CHALLENGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

VRC MIDDLE SCHOOL

VRC HIGH SCHOOL

VEX U

VEX WORLDS 2018 DIVISION QUALIFICATION MATCH LISTS

VEX IQ CHALLENGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

VEX IQ CHALLENGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

VRC MIDDLE SCHOOL

VRC HIGH SCHOOL

VEX U

VEX WORLDS 2018 DIVISION PRACTICE MATCH LISTS

VEX IQ CHALLENGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

VEX IQ CHALLENGE MIDDLE SCHOOL

VRC MIDDLE SCHOOL

VRC HIGH SCHOOL

VEX U

VEX ROBOTICS COMPETITION IN THE ZONE VEX WORLDS UPDATE

Be sure to download and read the VEX Robotics Competition In the Zone VEX Worlds Update. This scheduled April 5, 2018, Game Manual update includes important rule clarifications.

CRITERIA FOR VEX IQ CHALLENGE FINALS & VRC ROUND ROBIN

Click on the following links for the criteria that will be used during the VEX IQ Challenge Finals and the VRC Round Robin to determine which teams will be World Champions.

Event Agenda

Please click here for the 2018 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 2018.

Refund Policy

VEX Worlds registration cancellations must be received by March 2, 2018, 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 3, 2018, 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.

Hotel & Travel Information

HOTEL & TRAVEL INFORMATION

Click here for VRC teams to see the many discounted, team-friendly hotels.

Click here for VEX IQ Challenge teams to see the many discounted, team-friendly hotels.

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. Click here for details.

Click here for the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship Shuttle Bus Area Map.

TEAM PARTY

VEX Worlds will once again conclude with a Team Party at Kentucky Kingdom amusement park. Tickets purchased before midnight (CST) on March 23, 2018, will cost $30. Tickets purchased after midnight (CST) on March 23, will cost $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, 2018, 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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LOUISVILLE

To learn more about our exciting host city, please visit our Louisville VEX Robotics World Championship microsite.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER

Click here for driving instructions to the Kentucky Expo Center.

PARKING AT VEX WORLDS

All teams will get one parking pass valid for the duration of the event. The parking passes will be included in your registration packet that you will receive at the event upon check-in. To purchase parking passes click here. Parking passes may also be purchased at the ticket booth immediately inside the glass doors of the Workman Lobby.

If your team has more than one vehicle, additional vehicles will need to pay for parking. The REC Foundation has arranged a special discounted rate for VEX Worlds 2018 attendees.

  • VEX Robotics World Championship single day, single use parking pass: $8/day (no in/out privileges)
  • VRC/VEX U 3-Day Pass (April 26-28): $36 (in/out privileges)
  • VEX IQ Challenge 2-day pass (April 30-May 1): $24 (in/out privileges)
  • VRC/VEX U/VEX IQ Challenge full Week pass (April 26-May 1): $60 (in/out privileges)

Click here for a map and additional information regarding private charter parking.

Note: Parking is free on Wednesday, April 25, and Sunday, April 29.

KENTUCKY DERBY MUSEUM VEX WORLDS 2018 TICKETING

The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premiere attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renown event that is the Kentucky Derby. Check out the special reduced rates for advanced purchase offered exclusively for VEX Robotics: April 23–May 1, 2018. With multiple tour options available, there’s sure to be something to fit your interests.

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 Map

VENUE MAP

Venue maps for the 2018 VEX Robotics Worlds Championship:

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 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship will become available after the event.

Awards

Check here following the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship for results and award winners.

Concessions

ORDER YOUR TEAM LUNCHES BEFORE THE EVENT!

We are excited to share that you can now order lunch for your team directly through RobotEvents.com! If you want to avoid waiting in concessions lines, making multiple purchases at different concessions stands, and maximize your time at VEX Worlds, use our lunch ordering system.

To order team lunches before the event, visit the “Concessions” tab on the appropriate RobotEvents.com VEX Worlds Event Page after submitting team’s event registration. Make sure to order before the pre-order period closes on April 8.

For hours concession areas and food trucks are open during VEX Worlds click here.

EVENT PAGES

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.

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