At Julian Middle School
416 S Ridgeland Ave in Oak Park
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 Robotevents.com.
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.
- 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.
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.
Note: There will be a Robot loading zone in the main parking lot for easy loading/unloading of equipment.
- Team Event Checklist and Packet
- Starstruck Inspection Checklist
- Judging Schedule – coming 2/22/17
- Event Flyer – coming soon
- 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 – 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.
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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:
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)
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