At Julian Middle School
416 S Ridgeland Ave in Oak Park
Battle of the Bots is an exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams! This event will qualify middle school teams for the Illinois Middle School VEX Robotics State Championship. Team registration opens October 15, 2016.
This event is free and open to the public. It’s a great way to get kids excited about STEM learning. Check out photos from last year’s event.
We would like to give special thanks to Aria Group Architects and all our great sponsors!
7:00 AM – Doors open for teams and public
7:15 AM – Inspections begin
7:30 AM – Skills arena opens
9:00 AM – Drivers’ meeting
9:20 AM – Opening ceremony
9:30 AM – Qualification matches begin
12:00 PM – Lunch break (30 minutes)
1:00 PM – Skills arena closes
2:30 PM – Alliance selection begins
3:30 PM – Elimination matches begin
4:30 PM – Awards ceremony
5:00 PM – Conclusion of event
* This is a live event and actual times may vary slightly.
- Complete the online Team Information Form
- Email a photo of your team (for inclusion in our PowerPoint Pre-Show in the event arena) to Mary Beth Hausken, Event Director
Every team member participating in the event—students, coaches and mentors—must also complete and turn in the following at check-in:
Your team must have arrived, checked in and passed inspection by 8:15 am.
If you have issues in transit the morning of the tournament, you need to immediately contact Mary Beth Hausken, Event Director/OPEF VEX Robotics Program Coordinator at 708-214-1669
We will work with your team in whatever way we can, but we cannot delay the start of the tournament.
- Team Event Checklist and Packet
- Starstruck Inspection Checklist
- Event Flyer
- VEXTEXT – All registered teams will be able to register 3 cell phone numbers for text reminders of their matches. Download the form here.
- VEX Via – This free app will allow anyone to keep track of schedules, rankings and results at our event. For iPhone and Android
The Competition Cafe will be open from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Breakfast items will include donuts, muffins, coffee and juices. Lunch items will include pizza, subs, chips, cookies, snacks, water, juices and sodas.
Pre-order option – Take advantage of early bird pricing and skip the lines by pre-ordering and paying for your donuts or lunch online! This option is available for both teams and spectators. To order, go to the Pre-order site. Please note that this site will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 1.
Inspection will open at 7:15 AM.
- All teams must pass inspection in order to compete in the Battle of the Bots. All teams need to have passed inspection by 8:15 AM so the tournament schedule can be set and published.
- We strongly encourage you to review the Starstruck Inspection Checklist and pre-inspect your robot before showing up for the event.
- If you are having trouble passing inspection, let us know and our inspectors will work with your team. We want every team to be able to compete and have a great time!
Robot Skills Challenge
The Robot Skills Challenge Arena will be open from 7:15 AM - 1 PM. Teams must have passed inspection before they can do the Skills Challenge. We recommend you visit the Skills Arena early in the morning as we expect it to be very busy. The rules are as follows:
- Each team can do unlimited Driving Skills matches and Programming Skills matches.
- After 12 PM, teams with zero Programming or Driver Skills matches will be allowed to cut in line to ensure everyone gets at least one run at each event.
There will be no judging at this tournament.
Trophies will be awarded for the following:
- Tournament Champions*
- Tournament Finalists
- Robot Skills Winner
*These winners qualify for the Illinois Middle School VEX Robotics State Championship.
Battle of the Bots Sponsorship
Show Your Support Today
Join the businesses that are helping Oak Park students get excited about learning! Help support the Battle of the Bots event! VEX Robotics teaches students the academic and life skills they need to excel. They learn not only technology and programming, but also teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and project management skills. The Battle of the Bots tournament helps the kids test and hone these skills in an exciting environment.
GOLD SPONSOR ($2500+)
SILVER SPONSOR ($1,000+)
BOOSTER SPONSOR ($250+)