BATTLE OF THE BOTS
LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019

At Julian Middle School

416 S RIDGELAND AVE IN OAK PARK

Welcome to the event page for the Battle of the Bots Chicagoland Robotics League Championship. This is an exciting, all-day competition for some of the best VEX Robotics middle school teams in Illinois! This event is open to the public and a great way to get kids excited about STEM learning. Tickets are $3 for adults and free for kids. We would like to give special thanks to our great sponsors.

EVENT SCHEDULE*


Morning

7:00 AM – Doors officially open: Team check-in begins, Inspection Station opens, Competition Cafe opens
7:15 AM – Skills arena opens
7:30 AM – Judging interviews begin
8:30 AM – Match schedules posted
9:10 AM – Drivers’ meeting, in auditorium
9:20 AM – Opening ceremony
Matches 1,2 & 3 team on deck in gym
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Qualifying Matches

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

 

Afternoon

12:00 PM – Lunch break (45 minutes)
12:45 PM – Qualifying matches resume
1:00 PM – Skills Arena closes
2:00 PM – Alliance selection begins
3:00 PM – Elimination Matches begin
4:00 PM – Awards ceremony and conclusion of event

EVENT INFO


By 2/10/2019 every team needs to provide the following:

  • Completed Team Information Online 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 an OPEF VEX Robotics Photo Release form at check-in.

You can find the Team Inspection List here and the Turning Point rules here.

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 7:30-9:00 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. 

It is very important teams arrive early. Teams will be scheduled for judging interviews between 7:30-9:00 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 Michele McAndrews, event coordinator.

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

Parking Information Flyer

Event Flyer for car window

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

FOOD INFO


The Competition Cafe will be open from 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Breakfast items will include bagels, donuts, coffee and juices. Lunch items will include pizza, subs, chips, water and juices. There will also be plenty of snacks and beverages to choose from.

Pre-Order Breakfast and Lunch and take advantage of pre-order pricing. Have breakfast or lunch delivered right to your team table in the pit or pickup at the pre-order table. To order, go to the Pre-order Online page. Order must be made paid by credit card.  Pre-order closes Tuesday 2/26/2019 at midnight.

KEEP UP WITH ALL THE ACTION!


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!

THE COMPETITION


 

Inspection

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 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!

Judging

Judging interviews will be scheduled from 7:30 – 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. You can see the judging schedule here.

Robot Skills Challenge

The Robot Skills Challenge Arena will be open from 7:15 AM – 1:00 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 12 noon, 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.
    • Please note that the Robot Skills arena must close at 1 pm.

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

Michele McAndrews

OPEF VEX ROBOTICS COORDINATOR & BATTLE OF THE BOTS DIRECTOR

Questions? Please contact Michele McAndrews.

OPEF VEX Robotics Sponsorship

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TODAY

Join the businesses that are helping Oak Park students get excited about learning! OPEF VEX Robotics teaches students the academic and life skills they need to excel. They learn not only technology and programming skills, but also teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and project management skills.

GOLD SPONSOR ($2500+)

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For more information on how you can become a sponsor of the OPEF VEX Robotics program, contact Karen Daily, OPEF Director of Development.