At Julian Middle School

416 S Ridgeland Ave in Oak Park


Welcome to the event page for the 2018 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 a great way to get kids excited about STEM learning.

Stay tuned for updates about the 2019 program.

We would like to give special thanks to all of our great sponsors.



7:00 AM – Doors open for teams and public
7:00 AM – Inspections begin
7:15 AM – Skills arena opens
7:30 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 (30 minutes)
1:00 PM – Skills Arena closes
2:30 PM – Alliance selection begins
3:30 PM – Elimination Matches begin
4:45 PM – Awards ceremony
5:30 PM – Conclusion of event

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


By 2/2/18 every team needs to provide the following to Mary Beth Hausken, Event Director:

  • 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.

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. For additional information on things to bring, see the Team Event Checklist and Packet in the the Additional Info Tab.

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 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 – 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 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 Online Food Form. Please note: You must use a credit card to place an order. This site will close on Tuesday, February 27 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!

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter

You'll also be able to follow our tweets via Fast Follow. Anyone in the U.S. can receive our Tweets on their phone as a text message even if they haven’t signed up for Twitter.

Win Your Own Robot

Win Your Own Robot

Keep up with the action year-round with your own robot! Buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win your own robot kit.



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 In the Zone 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 - 1:00 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.


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

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

Michele McAndrews

OPEF VEX Robotics Coordinator & Battle of the Bots Director

Questions? Please contact Michele McAndrews.

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