At Julian Middle School

416 S Ridgeland Ave in Oak Park

Battle of the Bots

Welcome to the event page for the Illinois Middle School VEX Robotics State Championship. This is an exciting, all-day competition for the best VEX Robotics middle school teams in Illinois!  Teams qualify for this event by winning key awards at qualifying VEX Robotics tournaments in Illinois. To register for a qualifying tournament, go to

This event is free and open to the public. It’s a great way to get kids excited about STEM learning.



7:00 AM – Doors open for teams and public
7:00 AM – Inspections begin
7:15 AM – Skills arena opens
7:45 AM – Judging interviews begin
9:00 AM – Drivers’ meeting
9:20 AM – Opening ceremony
9:30 AM – Qualification Matches begin


12:00 PM – Lunch break (1 hour)
12:30 PM – Skills Arena closes
1:00 PM – Alliance selection begins
2:00 PM – Elimination Matches begin
3:30 PM – Awards ceremony
4:00 PM – Conclusion of event

* This is a live event and actual times may vary slightly.



By 2/21/17 every team needs to provide the following to Mary Beth Hausken, Event Director:

  • Completed Team Information Form*
  • A photo of your team* (for Judging reference as well as inclusion in our PowerPoint Pre-Show in the event arena).

Every team member participating in the event—students, coaches and mentors—must also complete and turn in at check-in:

*Note: If your team attended the 2017 Battle of the Bots and you already provided us with this information, you do not need to give us this information again.

It is important that teams arrive early and allow plenty of time to check in before their judging appointment. Getting all information turned in on time and having releases already filled in and signed (see Team Info tab) will help make the check-in process go more quickly and smoothly. Teams will be scheduled for judging interviews between 7:45-9:00 am. Your team must have arrived, checked in & passed inspection by 8:15 am so we can finalize the Qualification Match schedule.

Every team will be provided a 5′ cafeteria table with 6 seats and access to a power outlet. Your team should bring a 6′ or longer extension cord and safety glasses/goggles for every member of your team. For additional information on things to bring, see the Team Event Checklist and Packet (coming soon) in the the Additional Info Tab.
It is very important teams arrive early. Teams will be scheduled for judging interviews between 7:45-9:00 am. Your team must also pass inspection before they will be allowed to compete.

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 at 708-214-1669

We will work with your team in whatever way we can, but we cannot delay the start of the tournament.

Parking Information Flyer 

Note: There will be a  Robot loading zone in the main parking lot for easy loading/unloading of equipment.



The Competition Cafe will be open from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Breakfast items will include bagels, muffins, pastries, coffee and juices. Lunch items will include pizza, subs, chips, cookies, water and juices.

Pre-order Lunch – Take advantage of early bird pricing and skip the lines by  pre-ordering and paying for lunch online! To order, go to the Pre-order Food site. Please note that this site will close 3/01/17 at midnight.



Streaming Online via YouTube

Streaming Online via YouTube

Can't be there in person? You can watch all the action online as it happens via OPEF's YouTube channel!

Another great way to follow the event is through You'll get match results and access to streaming video of the event.

Download VEX Via Free App!

Download VEX Via Free App!

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Inspection will open at 7:00 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 - 12:30 PM. Teams must have passed inspection before they can do the challenge. We recommend you do 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 11:45 AM, 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.


Judging interviews will be scheduled from 7:45 - 9 AM. Judges will spend the rest of the day talking to teams in the Pit and observing them in the match arena.

The judges will present the following awards at our event:

  • Excellence
  • Design
  • Judges
  • Build
  • Innovate
  • Think
  • Sportsmanship

Most Judges' award winners will be announced before or during the Elimination Matches. The Excellence and Design awards will be presented at the end of the tournament. The Judging Schedule is available here. (coming 2/22/17)

Tournament Awards

Trophies will be awarded for the following:

  • Excellence Award Winner
  • Tournament Champions
  • Tournament Finalists
  • Robot Skills Winner
  • Design Award
  • Judges Award
  • Build Award
  • Innovate Award
  • Think Award
  • Sportsmanship Award

Mary Beth Hausken

Mary Beth Hausken

OPEF VEX Robotics Coordinator & Battle of the Bots Director

Questions? Please contact Mary Beth Hausken.