OPEF’s VEX Robotics program offers middle school students the opportunity to work with technology experts to design, build and program robots. A multinational program, VEX enables students to explore the possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math in an entirely new way.

Our schools boast 20 teams, including all girls’ teams, who compete against each other by programming and controlling their robots to perform tasks. In 2011-12, three of our teams made it to the finals of the VEX Robotics National Championship in Omaha, and one Oak Park VEX team took 2nd place in the National Championship!

Know a Julian or Brooks student interested in joining our VEX Robotics team?

Students (6th – 8th graders only) interested in participating in the OPEF VEX Robotics program this year must attend one of the following Student Interest Meetings with a parent.

     Required Student/Parent Interest Meeting for Brooks VEX Robotics:
     Wednesday, 9/19 or Thursday, 9/20 at 7 pm, Brooks Commons

     Required Student/Parent Interest Meeting for Julian VEX Robotics:
     Wednesday, 9/19 or Thursday, 9/20 at 7 pm, Julian Commons

Tuesday, 9/25: All completed applications are due
Thursday, 9/27 – 6:30 am: Tryout for All Returning Members
Friday, 9/28 – 6:30 am: Tryout for All New Members
     (Details about the tryouts will be provided at the
     Student/Parent Interest Meetings)
Friday, 10/5: Team members’ names posted

Brooks Robotics Club will meet every Wednesday from 3:45 – 5:30 pm starting 10/10.

Julian Robotics Club will meet every Thursday from 3:45 – 5:30 pm starting 10/11.

The season ends with the Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois VEX Robotics Championship in Batavia, tentatively scheduled for 2/2/13.

     OPEF VEX Program Coordinators
     Mark Pickus,
     Mary Beth Hausken,