About Us

Who We Are

We are a non-profit organization which sponsors US FIRST Robotics teams for students in the greater Rockford, IL area. We currently host two teams:

  • Team 2039, Rockford Robotics is a community FIRST Robotics Competition team. Founded in 2007, the team participates in regional competitions in Wisconsin and Illinois. Members are high school students from public, private, and home schools. You can learn more about this years team on our 2018 FRC Season page.
  • Team 32323, Rockford Rovers, is a community FIRST Lego League team. Founded in 2017, the team participates in FLL events in the Northern Illinois area. The team is open to students of ages 9 -16. You can learn more about our FLL team on the Team 32323 web page.

We encourage students and parents to learn more about our teams. We also encourage technical professionals, machinists and engineers to join us as mentors.

Want to check out the team? Or learn how to join? We meet at our ‘Bot Shop most Thursdays, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Visitors are welcome. We only ask that you verify we are meeting on the night you want to stop by. You can do this by sending an email to info@rockfordrobotics.com

Be sure to check out our Team Handbook to learn more about Rockford Robotics.


Our Mission

Our mission is simple. We want everyone to have fun while learning. And we want to educate the workforce of tomorrow about opportunities that exist in the realm of science and technology.

Manufacturing, information technology and engineering personnel are in high demand. FIRST Robotics teams help students explore these fields. Our aim is for students to develop the technical and professional skills that will be valuable in these careers or any they may choose.


Contact Information

Team Email: info@rockfordrobotics.com

Lead Mentor: Eric Williams, eric.williams.neu@gmail.com

Our Build Site

Superior Joining Technologies, Inc.
1260 Turret Drive, Machesney Park, IL


Team Communications

We send periodic email newsletters to members, sponsors, and community supporters. Use this link to Subscribe to our Email Newsletter.

We use a list serve to communicate between members. If you have a gmail account, use this link to Subscribe to our list serve.


Useful Links

US First Robotics – This is the spot for all things robotics. Learn about FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Lego League.The US FIRST website also has list of Scholarships available to Robotics Team Members.

The Blue Alliance – The Blue Alliance offers video tutorials and competition match archives to give you resources needed to succeed.

FIRST Illinois – Information about FIRST Robotics Programs and Regional Competitions in Illinois

Wisconsin Regional – Information about the Wisconsin Regional Competition.

NASA Robotics Alliance – Learn about NASA’s alliance with FIRST Robotics. This site includes game animations.

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Team 1625 – Winnovations – Winnebago High School

Team 3352 – Flaming Monkeys – Boone County 4-H

Team 4655 – Stateline Robotics – Hononegah High School