The Terminators from Gwendolyn Brooks and the Black Team from Percy Julian, along with their coaches, will be traveling to Omaha to compete against the best middle school teams from across the country.
They will face off against other teams on a playing field in this year's VEX Robotics game Sack Attack by driving robots they have designed, built and programmed from the ground up since October.
The teams will also vie for awards in categories such as design, creativity, innovation and teamwork.
Terminator team members are Samantha Braun, Mac Bell, Julia Dreher-Threlkeld, and An Edwards. Black team members are Ben Pooley, Jacob Spangler, Bennett Tucker, and Tyler Yokoo.
This is the second year in a row that OPEF VEX Robotics teams have competed in the nationals. Last year, three teams made it into the finals; one team from Brooks placed second in the middle school division.