The 2014 Battle of the Bots was a huge success, with 36 teams from 10 schools competing on Saturday, February 1, at Julian Middle School.

First place went to the alliance of Julian teams Serious Black and Lost in Pink along with the Metal Knights from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Purple Mudcrabs of Death, of Brooks Middle School, won the Robot Skills Award. The two Julian teams and the Brooks team will move on to the Illinois State Competition in Batavia on March 8.

Congratulations to all the teams who worked so hard, and to all the volunteers who made the event such a success!

Make sure to check out our slideshow of photos by Oak Park photographer David Kindler.