VEX Robotics World Championship – 2016


Game Information

The object of VIQC Bank Shot is to attain the highest score by Emptying Cutouts, Scoring Balls into the Scoring Zone and Goals, and by Parking Robots on the Ramp.

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In VRC Nothing But Net, there are one hundred and four Balls which teams can Score into Goals; teams also score points for Elevating their partners above various heights

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General Information

2016 VEX Worlds, 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. VEX Worlds will include top teams from events happening in cities around the world from June 2015 to March 2016. Teams will play the game Nothing but Net during the 2015-16 season.

A Special Thanks to our Partners and Sponsors

Special thanks to Autodesk, Chevron, EMC Corporation, HEXBUG, HelmsBriscoe, Microchip, NASA, Northrop Grumman Foundation, Robomatter, Mathworks, and Texas Instruments. The commitment and support of these partners ensures a great experience for everyone attending 2016 VEX Worlds.

Wait List

A wait list will be created for teams that have not qualified at an event or teams that have qualified and did not register on time. If spots open up, teams on the wait list will be notified and instructed to register. Space at VEX Worlds 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 above to place your team on the wait list.

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VEX Worlds 2016 VRC High School Division Team Lists

Science Division

Technology Division

Engineering Division

Arts Division

Math Division

Team FAQ

Please download and review the VEX Worlds 2016 Team FAQ document for commonly asked questions and more information.

Team Party

VEX Worlds will once again conclude with a Team Party at Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

Awards Information

To see the awards for this division, click on the “Awards” tab above. Teams registered for VEX Worlds may upload pre-submitted awards by clicking here. This year’s pre-submitted awards are for the STEM Research Project, Teacher of the Year Award, and Mentor of the Year Award. The deadline to register is 11:59 pm CST on March 20, 2016.

Robot Shipping Option

Information about shipping your robot, tools, and supplies through Fern Exposition can be found here. If you have any questions about robot shipping information, please contact Fern directly at (502) 367-0254.

The REC Foundation Store

The REC Foundation Store will be open for teams looking for VEX Robotics parts at VEX Worlds 2016. There is no guarantee for how long the inventory will last, so please plan ahead and bring a good supply of spare parts with you. The store’s hours are:
Wednesday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Spectator Information

2016 VEX Worlds 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.

VEX Worlds Program Book

The VEX Worlds Program Book contains all the information you need to make your trip to Louisville a memorable one, with the event agenda, shuttle and hotel information, local attractions, Show Your Badge discounts, the VEX Worlds team party and much, much more. This document will be periodically updated as more information becomes available.

Team Email Blast Archive

Please follow this link that will direct you to the team email blast archive on Here you will find all of the 2016 VEX World’s team email blasts.

Travel Information

Hotel Information

2016 VEX Worlds housing site is now available, with discounts at many Louisville hotels. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on your competition planning. Please visit this link to reserve your room(s) at the VEX Worlds rate.

Airport Transfer

Teams are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel between the Louisville airport (SDF) and their hotel. Information about ground transportation services can be found on the airport’s website.

Shuttle Schedule

We are excited to announce that there will be a dedicated, free shuttle bus loop to and from VEX Worlds and many of the discounted hotels during all four days of the event. Click here for details.

Shopping Shuttle

On Thursday, April 21, and Friday April 22, there will be a complimentary shuttle between the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. To view the schedule, click here.

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, teams must complete two simple steps. First, the team should register and pay for 2016 VEX Worlds. Next, the team’s primary contact should email the following information to

• Team name and number
• Names, birth dates, employers (or “student”), and passport country and number for every team member and adults traveling as chaperons
• School or other organization name and name of team leader, with address and phone number

All visa and invitation letter requests should be submitted to the REC Foundation by January 31, 2016, to ensure proper time for processing. Requests submitted after January 31, will be processed as soon as possible, but may take up to three weeks.

Please note that 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 2016 VEX Worlds website.

Parking at VEX Worlds

All teams attending VEX Worlds get one parking pass that will be valid for the duration of the event. The parking pass must be picked up during team registration and no later than noon on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The parking pass is valid for any size vehicle.

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 2016 attendees.
Normal Daily Rate: $8/day (no in/out privileges)
Normal Daily Rate: $12/day (in/out privileges)
Discounted Rate: $24 for Thursday-Saturday (in/out privileges)

In order to get the discounted rate, simply purchase the $8 daily rate at the gate and visit the parking upgrade booth in the Workman lobby (adjacent to the registration counter) to pay the additional $16 and receive your three day in/out parking pass. If your organization is bringing a charter bus or school bus to the event, a parking map with directions can be found here. Note: Parking is free Wednesday, April 20. Find more information on parking at VEX worlds in the Team FAQ.

Airline Discounts

The REC Foundation has partnered with Delta Airlines and United Airlines to provide discounted air travel to 2016 VEX Worlds.

For Delta Airlines discount information, please click here.

For United Airlines discount information, please click here.

Group Airline Travel Information

Many airlines offer group travel and charter rates. For organizations traveling to 2016 VEX Worlds, please review our document, linked here, for more details about how to take advantage of exciting opportunities from Southwest, Delta, American, and United Airlines.

Rental Car Discounts

The REC Foundation has partnered with Enterprise, National, Budget, and Avis to provide rental cars at a discounted rate for 2016 VEX Worlds.

Enterprise Rental Discounts
If you wish to take advantage of the Enterprise discount, please go directly to the Enterprise VEX Worlds website and use CD# “58B3001” to reserve your vehicle.

National Rental Discounts
If you wish to take advantage of the Enterprise discount, please go directly to the National website and use CD# “58B3001” to reserve your vehicle.

Avis Rental Discounts
If you wish to take advantage of the Avis discount, please go directly to the Avis VEX Worlds website and use the Avis Worldwide discount number “D019176.” Attendees can also call Avis at 1 (800) 331-1600 to book.

Budget Rental Discounts
If you wish to take advantage of the Budget discount, please go directly to the Budget VEX Worlds Website and use Budget Customer Discount number “U011133.” Attendees can also call Budget at 1 (800) 842-5628 to book.

“Show Us Your Badge” Discounts

For a 10% “Show Us Your Badge” discount, present your badge at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, located at 2051 South Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, Kentucky. Click here for the restaurant’s 2016 Tour & Youth group Sales Programs menu. Learn more about “Show Us Your Badge” discounts on page 20 of the VEX Worlds 2016 Program Book.

Passover Seder Services

The REC Foundation seeks to schedule events, such as VEX Worlds, at times that are convenient to all members of our community, but given the size of our program and venue availability it can be challenging to find dates that accommodate everyone. In situations where our events conflict with an international, national or religious holiday, we seek to provide our teams and their families with as much information as possible to aid their planning.

This year, VEX Worlds will take place during the first two days of the Passover holiday. We have compiled the following information for attendees who will be in Louisville during this time.

Keneseth Israel & Temple Shalom
Passover Seder
2531 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Saturday, April 23
7:00 PM
Non-Members: $20
Children under 11: $9
(502) 459-2780

Temple Shalom
Congressional Seder
4615 Lowe Road
Louisville, KY 40220
Saturday, April 23
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Non-members: $15
(502) 458-4739

The Temple
Congressional Seder
5101 US-42
Louisville, KY 40241
Friday, April 22/Saturday, April 23
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Adults: $50, Children: $25
(502) 423-1818

Adath Jeshurun
Passover Seder
2401 Woodbourne Avenue
Louisville, KY 40205
Friday, April 22
6:30 PM – 9 PM
No price given, arrangements made with the groups.
(502) 458-5359

Participants are also encouraged to review resources in the Jewish Louisville magazine.

Event Agenda

Please click here for a tentative agenda for VEX Worlds 2016. Please note that this agenda is tentative and that times may vary from 15-30 minutes. Please check back for the final agenda on April 18th.

Venue Map

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Important Documents

Important Documents

The REC Foundation has created a special document for those attending their first VEX Worlds. Please click here to read the document, “Things I Wish I Had Known Before Attending VEX Worlds.”


Event Map

The official VEX Worlds Site Map is now available… Check it out!


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. A Spanish version of the form is available here.


Sample Concessions Menu for the Kentucky Exposition Center

Please click here for a sample concessions menu for the Kentucky Exposition Center. Please note that not all concessions will be open during all hours of the event and prices may change. These sample menus are intended to assist team leaders and participants plan meals during 2016 VEX Worlds.

Food Trucks

Concessions from local food trucks will be available outside the Workman Lobby at VEX Worlds. Click here for the dates and times the trucks will be operating and the type of food they serve. Click here for more information on Food Truck village.


VEX Worlds Apparel

Order World Championship apparel now by clicking here.


Pre-Order Lunches Now Available

The REC Foundation is pleased to provide the option for teams to pre-order their meals during VEX Worlds. Avoid waiting in line and arrange payment for your meals ahead of time for your convenience! Please click here to download the Pre-Order Lunch Form.

Scooter Rentals

Gould’s Discount Medical Scooters will be available for rent at VEX Worlds 2016. Call Evelyn at (502) 491-2000 extension 4330 to make a reservation.





Media / Press

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

Photo Gallery

Visit the VEX Worlds 2016 Photo Gallery at this link. For downloading instructions click here.