Bourbonnais, IL – Local Talent Shines at the 2024 VEX Robotics State Championship

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Bourbonnais, IL – Olivet Nazarene University was a hive of excitement as the VEX Robotics Illinois High School State Championship concluded with a flourish of victories. 

From March 22 to 23, over 150 pre-qualified teams from all corners of Illinois gathered, driven by a common passion for robotics and innovation. State Representative Jackie Haas honored the outstanding achievements of the competitors, who exhibited not just technical expertise but also sportsmanship and creativity.

The intense competition saw teams from various high schools pitting their meticulously crafted robots against one another. These matches were about more than just winning; they represented the dedication and future of STEM education in Illinois. With a supportive crowd and an atmosphere thick with anticipation, students put forth their robots, hoping to secure a place at the VEX Robotics World Championship.

At the championship’s close, several teams stood out, earning accolades for their exceptional designs, strategic gameplay, and robot skills. Each award signified a unique accomplishment, reflecting the diverse skill set of the participants.

Below is a recognition of the teams who were awarded at the event:

  • Excellence Award:
    • Hexaforce, Fox Valley Robotics, Batavia
  • Tournament Champions:
    • Velocity, Velocity Robotics, Deer Park
    • G Men, Niles North Robotics, Skokie
  • Tournament Finalists:
    • States of Matter, Niles North Robotics, Skokie
    • Los Robos, Niles North Robotics, Skokie
  • Design Award:
    • Tri Ballers, Lyons Township High School, LaGrange
  • Robot Skills Champion:
    • Orion Fox C, Yorkville High School
  • Judges Award:
    • Blazin’ Bots, Bloom Trail High School, Chicago Heights
  • Sportsmanship Award:
    • Raptors, Rich Township High School, Olympia Fields
  • Inspire Award:
    • Prohibido Rendirse, Rich Township High School, Olympia Fields

These accolades honor the hard work, team spirit, and innovative thinking of Illinois’ young minds. As these students advance in their educational and career paths, they carry with them the experience and accomplishments from the state championship stage, ready to face the world’s challenges with the same zeal and intelligence demonstrated in their robots.

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