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180 S Soangetaha Rd, Ste 108
Galesburg, IL 61401-5595
Phone: 309-342-5108
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Stronghurst, IL 61480
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Macomb, IL 61455
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Monmouth, IL 61462
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News Release

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4-H Binary Bullets Hosts First Robotics Competition

Knoxville, IL, December 19, 2017:  On Sunday, December 17 the Binary Bullets held Knox Counties first Western Illinois Division robotics competition at  Knoxville High School. Eight FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge teams competed in the competition.

The teams that traveled to compete were 3640 The BoilerBots from Kewanee, 6596 the Robotic Rams from Port Byron, 6675 the Chargers from Carthage, 7869 The Franken Botzz from East Moline, 9198 the Optimus Primates from Orion, 10101 the Binary Bullets from Knoxville, 11177 the Gear Grinders from Fulton, and 13594 the Sherrard HS STEM from Sherrard.

Guided by coaches and mentors, the Binary Bullets includes students from Galesburg, Knoxville, and Williamsfield.  During the weekly meetings and competitions, the team members develop STEM skills, and practice engineering principles such as keeping an engineering notebook.  Team members also realize the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas during their meetings as they prepare for upcoming competitions.  The team adapts a reusable robot kit for the competitions.  The robot can be programmed using a variety of languages including Java.

“It’s way more than building robots”, stated Julian Inniss University of Illinois Extension, 4-H Special Interest Coordinator.  “FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format.  Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” “

The robotics teams must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and participate in community outreach for which they can win awards.  

The Binary Bullets prevailed in the competition with near perfect execution only dropping one match in head to head competition.  Currently the Binary Bullets are ranked number 1 in the Western Illinois division.

Source: Jackie Spence, ,

Local Contact: Juilan Inniss, Program Coordinator, 4-H and Youth Development,