Oak Park middle school students prepare for presentation at FABTECH

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By Community Editor

COURTESY OF OPEF

A team of four Percy Julian seventh grade middle school students from the Oak Park Education Foundation's VEX Robotics program will be presenting to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) at the FABTECH Expo at McCormick Place on November 19.

OPEF's VEX Robotics students will explain how they design and build their robots, and will showcase the robot they are working on for this season's challenge game. They were invited to present by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation, which oversees the VEX Robotics Competition program.

In OPEF VEX Robotics, teams of middle school students design, build and program robots to compete against other teams in the annual VEX Robotics challenge game at regional tournaments. The program has been very successful in recent years, with one of OPEF's teams taking second place at the 2012 VEX National Championship, middle school division, and another team making it to the World Championship in 2013.

On February 1, 2014, OPEF VEX Robotics will host its Battle of the Bots sponsored by Cummins Inc. This all-day tournament is expected to draw over 30 middle school teams from Illinois and Wisconsin. Winners will qualify for the new Illinois VEX Robotics State Championship and the U.S. Open VEX Robotics Championship.

The Oak Park Education Foundation brings artists, architects, scientists, and technology experts in K-8th grade classrooms at every District 97 School. Our professional partners share their passion for learning while conducting hands-on projects with more than 3,500 students each year. Our other programs are: Art Start, Architecture Adventure, BASE Camp, Science Alliance and Geared Up. The Oak Park Education Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit organization.

We would be glad to set up interviews and photos with OPEF VEX Robotics students, coaches and program coordinator.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Mary Beth Hausken, OPEF VEX Robotics Program Coordinator

(708) 386-6568, mbhausken@opef.org, www.opef.org

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