WOTM Sponsors

WOTM raises funds by hosting two events per year, a Fundraiser Dinner and Silent Auction (March) and an annual Golf Outing (August).  The funds raised from these events helps us invest into growing manufacturing within our community.  Thanks to funds raised in 2017 WOTM is proud to invest $8,500 back into our community by sponsoring the Rock River Off-Season Competition (R2OC) and 5 local FRC FIRST robotic teams: Flaming Monkeys, Winnovation, Stateline Robotics, Rockford Robotics and Metal Heads. The FRC program helps young people discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life-skills which are the cornerstones of FIRST.  Every January brings a new season’s game challenge to be solved.  Students brainstorm to devise and design innovative, effective solutions while volunteer professional mentors often find they rediscover the joys of their chosen profession.

About the FRC First Robotics Teams and competition that WOTM Sponsors

Team 3352 - Flaming Monkeys
Belvidere, IL

The Flaming Monkeys was formed in 2010 as a 4-H spin off club. They 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. They have attended World Championships three times in their seven year history, including a semi-finals appearance in 2016 on the Carson field. They consistently spread the message of FIRST to over 250,000 people a year through their outreach events, including parades, camps, and a STEM tent and stage show at the Boone County Fair, the largest county fair in Illinois. They also mentor two FLL teams, the Atomic Chimps and the Micro Chimps, and one FTC team, the Techno Tamarins.

Team 81 - Metalheads
Freeport, IL

Formed in 1994 Team 81 The MetalHeads have participated in the US FIRST program for 21 years, making it one of the oldest teams in the US FIRST family. The team currently has student members representing both Freeport and Lena-Winslow high schools. The mission of Team 81 is to involve students, teachers, and mentors in experiencing the process of inventing and construction a robot for a useful purpose utilizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) initiatives that inspire students to become excited and confident about problem solving. Metalheads - The Next Element in Robotics!

Team 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 they are proud of their achievements, the robot’s win-loss record is not the most satisfying accomplishment. They 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.

Team 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. The 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 their team has assisted in forming Jr. FLL, FLL and FTC teams throughout the community. This dedication to grow FIRST programs for students earned their team the Central Illinois Regional Chairman's Award in 2015. They are proud to be nurturing and supporting future manufacturing professionals in the Rock River Valley!

Team 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, they increased their competition schedule to include two regionals a year. In 2016, they had a strong season, making it into the elimination rounds in both Regionals we attended. They are proud of the students and mentors and the accomplishments they have achieved in four short years.


R2OC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit partnership of Rock River Valley US First Robotics Teams. Their goal is to provide an off-season event where FIRST Robotics teams can participate in a competition, show off their 'bots to the community, and meet others who share their robotics enthusiasm.

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