The excitement is growing as the OPEF VEX teams that qualified for the State Championship put the finishing touches on their robots! A total of six teams qualified for the new Illinois VEX Robotics State Championship, which will be held in Batavia, Illinois on Saturday, March 8.

The OPEF VEX Robotics teams are:

Brooks Team 7183J – The Purple Mudcrabs of Death
Julian Team 7480A – Lost in Pink
Julian Team 7480B – Neonderthal
Julian Team 7480C – Serious Black
Julian Team 7480E – Gold Rush
Julian Team 7480N – Blue Fire

The huge growth in middle school VEX robotics in Illinois–in which OPEF VEX Robotics has had a big role–is reflected in the participants at state this year. Half of the teams at the State Championship will be middle schools. Six award-winning teams from the Illinois State Championship will qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California in April.

Good luck to all our teams!

You can follow the progress of our teams on tournament day via our Twitter feed @oprobotics.