Event #PS1 – March 2nd – MCCC/Knaubusch Michigan VRC MS State Championship

We made it to the State Championship (event page)!!  This is the big one for the state.  These will be the top 32 teams in our state, from Excellence and Design awards to Tournament Champions (see the event page for the list of teams).  We will face some tough competition.

The event will be held at the Gerald Welch Health Education Building on the campus of Monroe County Community College (directions and note, this is roughly a 1 1/2 hour drive and the agenda below shows the doors opening at 7, so plan your weekend accordingly).  Our friends at Team Virus are hosting this event.   This is the event where we could get 1 of 4 invites to VEX Worlds.  We have done well in the past, as we have won 3 Design awards in 3 visits to the Michigan State Championship.


  • Excellence – Vex Worlds and US Open
  • Tournament Champions (2) – Vex Worlds and US Open
  • Innovate Award
  • Create Award
  • Amaze Award
  • Build Award
  • Design Award – Vex Worlds and US Open
  • Think Award
  • Judges Award
  • Volunteer of the year
  • Tournament finalists (2)
  • Skills Champion – US Open
  • Skills Finalist
  • Sportsmanship
  • Tournament Semifinalists


  • 7:00 – Doors open for early birds and inspection
  • 8:00 – Judges meeting
  • 8:15 – Drivers meeting
  • 8:30 – Opening Ceremony
  • 8:45 – Qualifying matches start
  • 12:00 – Qualifiers complete, elimination picks and Lunch
  • 1:00 – Elimination rounds
  • 3:00 – Awards
  • 3:30 – Cleanup and farewell

2018-19 Online Challenges Posted

Team – the online challenges for the 2018-2019 year are posted.  Not all have details yet, but the challenges are named.  You can look at other years to get a flavor of what will be required.  In the past, online challenges needed to be complete to be eligible for the Excellence award at Worlds, but that is changed this year.  You are not required, but I would bet the judges will ask what challenges you did.  I am guessing that completing some will up your chances for success.

From the looks of it, you can enter for:  VRC Girl Powered – What it means to be GIRL POWERED, VRC Promote Award – Submit a Vex promotional video, VEX Photography – Submit a photo that represents what it means to be involved in robotics, Team Website Challenge – create a team website, Electronics online challenge – investigate something electrical and learn how it works, Make it real CAD challenge – Submit a design in CAD, Robot Virtual Worlds online challenge – Create your own game in Robot Virtual Worlds.

Online Challenges are a great way to continue learning about robotics, design, and engineering.  They also come with prize money and often an invite to VEX WORLDS, plus the best prize, the praise and recognition of your peers!

Take some time, review the challenges and pick a few for the team to work on.  Remember – they need to be submitted by January 15, 2019.