Ian Parks (standing 2nd from left), Jesse Cornman (standing 3rd from left) and Luisa Vasquez (seated, right) are former members of — and current mentors to — the OPEF VEX Robotics Program. Bob Parks (center, standing) is a founding VEX Robotics team leader.

Three VEX Robotics alumni and current OPRFHS robotics club team members Jesse Cornman, Ian Parks,
and Luisa Vasquez took 1st place in the Engineering category at the
April 15 Illinois State University Research Symposium in Normal, IL.
Their entry, built from scratch, was titled “A Robotic Arm with
Myoelectric Control”, enabling manipulation by thought. That same
weekend, the team took first place at the Percy Julian Science Symposium
over 48 high quality entrants in both pure and applied

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