FIRST Robotics Regional Competition Results
Local Teams Qualify for State
Lebanon, Ill. — Twelve robotics teams from Illinois, Indiana and Missouri competed in the Illinois FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Regional Qualifier held at McKendree University on Nov. 17. The Mecha-Hamsters from Martinsville, Ind., won the tournament’s top prize, the Inspire Award. The following six teams will advance to the FTC Illinois state championships on Dec. 8 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago: Brains on Bots from Champaign-Urbana; Café Bot from Webster Groves, Mo.; Newton’s Lawyers from O’Fallon; Ohm’s Olympians from Marion; Stand/Try2 from Decatur; and the Mecha-Hamsters.
Fourteen teams from Illinois and Missouri competed in the McKendree Regional Qualifier for the Illinois FIRST LEGO® League Tournament on Nov. 18. Da Ex Bots from O’Fallon, Ill., took home the Champions Award. The following three Illinois teams will advance to the FLL state championships Jan. 18-19 at the Forest View Fieldhouse in Arlington Heights: Albers Elementary from Germantown; VX3 from Lebanon; and Da Ex Bots.
McKendree University ranks among the top quarter of regional universities nationwide in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” report. It is also a College of Distinction, among “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media for 2013. Founded in 1828, the historic Lebanon, Ill., campus is 25 miles from downtown St. Louis. www.mckendree.edu