Off Season events 2016

We have signed up for three off season events this fall.

  • Battle O’Baltimore – Sept 24th 2016
    • All team members can participate fully
  • Girl Power – October 8th 2016
    • Female team members can participate fully
    • Male team members can support from the stands
  • Rumble in the Roads – November 5th 2016
    • All team members can participate fully

Frequently Asked question

  1. What is an off season event?  Off Season Events are competitions run by teams outside the FRC Competitions Season.
  2. Why should I attend an off season event? To practice your skills, to try something new, to see what FRC is all about.
  3. Who should attend an off season event?  Everyone, especially students who want to drive the robot this season.  Anyone who wants to drive this season has to have driven at an off season event.
  4. What happens at an off season event?  Its a real competition that is smaller than a district and takes up one day.  Teams compete to win the event and the awards.
  5. What game will we be playing? We will be playing the 2016 FRC game stronghold.

If you are planning on attending, please fill in this survey

Have you filled in your paper work yet???


Tool Training 2016

tool safety

The mentors and volunteers of the Walt Whitman Robotics Club are dedicated foremost to offer practical applications of academic skills, and to encourage an appreciation for math, science and technology. Through cooperation with our students, we hope to inspire them to achieve high levels of excellence in education and in life. As a club we will strive to maintain the safest learning experience and environment possible. With this said, students at various levels will be exposed to power tools and other mechanisms that do have the potential to injure. For this reason the club has a set safety policy that will be followed at all times.

  • Club members will act in a safe manner AT ALL TIMES. This includes during any club-related activity, traveling to club events, and during competitions.
  • Club members will be respectful of the Safety Captain(s) and adhere to any requests made by the Safety Captain(s).
  • Club members will be expected to complete training on the use of specific tools and equipment before using them. Power tools or equipment may only be used under the supervision of an adult mentor.
  • Club members will be expected to wear safety glasses at work sites and in the pit area at all competitions. In addition, club members may be asked to wear gloves, masks, and ear protection during certain tasks.
  • Horseplay will not be tolerated at any time in the work areas.
  • All work areas will be cleaned up at the end of every day including sweeping the floors and work surfaces, putting away tools and materials, and throwing away trash.
  • Club members will not directly or indirectly give out personal information about themselves or other team members while using club communication tools such as a forum.

The team uses the following powered tools. You must watch the safety videos and be ready to pass a written and practical test before using any tools in the lab.

Please check the Calendar for up coming tool training sessions.

Have you filled in your paper work yet???


Calling all Leaders

The 2016-2017 robotics pre-season is about to start (check out the schedule here) and we are in need a few good leaders.  We are going to have 2 levels of leadership on the team this year.

  1. Leadership Team
  2. Sub Team Leaders
    1. Lead
    2. Co-Lead

The leadership team will be responsible or the overall team.  The sub team Leads and Co-Leads will work together to manage all of the activities of their sub team.  The sub teams include;

  • Fundraising & Media Sub Team
  • Awards & Documentation Sub Team
  • Integration Sub Team
  • Manipulation Sub Team
  • End Effector Sub Team
  • Controls & Electrical Sub Team
  • Software Sub Team

You can learn more about each of the above positions here


If you are interested in taking on any of the above leadership positions please fill in this form before the 9th

Welcome back Robotics Families!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and I cannot believe that the
start of school is only days away..

Robotics is going to get started and there are many events that the team
has coming up, before build season begins.

There will be more information to come, but for now, please find the
attached paperwork that must be completed before any student can
participate with the team (this includes working in the lab or being able
to attend events).

The attachments include;

welcome letter
member sign-up form
student/parent contract
medical liability waiver
emergency medical card

All forms must be returned *no later* than Friday, September 9th (details
are in the attached welcome letter).

If you have any questions, please let me know.

There will be another email forthcoming with opportunities for

We look forward to a great year!


Farish Perlman
Team 1389
Team Coordinator