For the first time in the event’s history, the Oak Park Education Foundation will host the annual Illinois Middle School VEX Robotics State Championship in Oak Park. The March 4 event will be held at Julian Middle School, 416 Ridgeland Ave. Doors open to teams at 7 a.m., with the competition scheduled to last until 4 p.m. 

Thirteen teams from Julian and Brooks will compete for the top prize. The room, suffice it to say, will be full of all forms of artificial intelligence. This event is free and open to the public — humans are welcome, too.   

Michael Romain 

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