The Rock River Off-Season Competition is hosted by five Northern Illinois FIRST Robotics Teams.


1625_logoTeam 1625 - Winnovation
Winnebago, IL

Founded in the fall of 2004 with 17 students; our first competition season was in 2005 which included a trip to the championship event in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the past 12 years, Winnovation qualified for World Championships eight times with a win-loss-tie record of 272-113-1 and made two appearances on Einstein. While we are proud of our achievements, the robot’s win-loss record is not the most satisfying accomplishment. We celebrate the impact that Winnovation Robotics has had on the more than 100 students and mentors who have been a part of the program over the past 12 years. Several of our graduates are now coaching their own teams, continuing to foster curiosity, creativity, awareness and initiative (+ secrets of the universe) in young people across the country.
2039_logoTeam 2039 - Rockford Robotics
Rockford, IL

Formed in 2006, Rockford Robotics draws students from public, private, and home schools in the Rock Valley area. Rockford Robotics has made appearances at the FIRST World Championships four times. Our team believes that education, promotion of STEM, and the building of leadership are the most important values of FIRST. Striving to reach these fundamental beliefs our team has assisted in forming Jr. FLL, FLL and FTC teams throughout our community. This dedication to grow FIRST programs for students earned our team the Central Illinois Regional Chairman's Award in 2015. We are proud to be nurturing and supporting future manufacturing professionals in the Rock River Valley!
3352_logo_3Team 3352 - Flaming Monkeys
Belvidere, IL

The Flaming Monkeys was formed in 2010 as a 4-H spin off club. We are located in Belvidere, Illinois with the "BotCave" located in the Belvidere Township building. Over the past six seasons, the team has grown from 6 to 30 members. We have attended World Championships three times in our seven year history, including a semi-finals appearance this year on the Carson field. We consistently spread the message of FIRST to over 250,000 people a year through our outreach events, including parades, camps, and a STEM tent and stage show at the Boone County Fair, the largest county fair in Illinois. We also mentor two FLL teams, the Atomic Chimps and the Micro Chimps, and one FTC team, the Techno Tamarins.
4655_logoTeam 4655 - Stateline Robotics
Rockton, IL

FIRST Team 4655, Stateline Robotics, was founded in the fall of 2012 and has competed the last 4 years in FRC. After competing in one regional our rookie year, we increased our competition schedule to include two regionals a year. In 2016, we had a strong season, making it into the elimination rounds in both Regionals we attended. We are proud of our students and mentors and the accomplishments they have achieved in four short years.