Battle O’Baltimore 2016 is on the Books

Last weekend the team joined 32 teams from PA, Delaware, Maryland, DC and Virginia to plat Stronghold.  The competition was fierce and the day was extremely fun.  The team took 10 returning students and 4 new students. The goal was to give as many people a chance to drive the robot as possible so that when we select our drive team later this fall we can base it on actual driving experience.  However, our robot, Maelstrom had other plans.  We rewired the beast and change much of the code that drove him at world championships in the hopes of making it more capable.  Battle O’Baltimore was the first real test of all of that work, and let’s just say those initial tests….rounds did not go so well.   We didn’t run for a few rounds, than when we did, we may have rammed Maelstrom into some of the field elements which resulted in some fairly sever damage.  Even with all that, we finished 22nd out of 32 teams and walked away with our first award of the season.

Our Lead Mentor Won Honored with the Commodore Rodgers Mentor Award
John Rodgers commanded the USS President, which fired the first shot of the War of 1812. This award goes to the Mentor of the Battle as judged by a distinguished panel of mentors and former mentors.

We can’t thank the Baltimore Area Robotics Alliance (BAA) enough for hosting another great event and for recognizing all of the things JJ does for the team.  We can’t wait to do it all over again next year!!!

STEAMWORKS is the 2017 FRC Game!!

Here we go. The 2016 2017 FRC season them has been announced. The Name of the Game is STEAMWORKS. Check out the Game Teaser below.

Grab your goggles and start a team today!

Be part of the more than 3,400 teams in 2017 comprised of 85,000 students and their adult Mentors from around the world who will prepare to take flight in FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM.

FIRST® Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind,TM where imagination and innovation come together! By combining the excitement of sport and beauty of art with the rigors of science and technology, teams of high school students (ages 14 – 18/grades 9 – 12) are challenged to design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors.

Teams work together and build, program and test robots with the guidance of adult Mentors. Teams then compete with their robots as family and friends cheer from the stands at more than 140 events worldwide – all leading up to the 2017 FIRST® Championships April 19 – 22 in Houston, TX and April 26 – 29 in St. Louis, MO.

The hardest fun you’ll ever have has its rewards!

Participating FIRST Robotics Competition students are eligible to apply for more than $30 million in scholarships from nearly 200 colleges and universities.

FREE exclusive FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM Downloadable Content (DLC) including:

Wallpapers | Ringtones | Game Logos | Team Recruitment Posters



More downloads coming this fall! Check your team blasts, the FIRST® Robotics Competition Blog and Facebook for more information and upcoming releases!


Some Risks are Worth Taking

Last year we competed more, won more, worked more than any we had in any of our last 13 seasons.  But, it was not enough, last season we also created a hunger for more.  So now, we find ourselves at the beginning of our 14th FIRST Robotics Competition Season trying to figure out how to make more possible.  And as we look at all of the choices ahead of us one option stands out, we need to risk more.



Each student is going to have to make choices about how they are going to spend their time this school year.  Many, may choose to play it safe and go with what they know or what their friends are doing.  Other students will take more risks, and try something new because something inside of them is urging them to explore the world.  These are the students that will walk down the path to greatness, they may stumble and trip along the way, but they are boldly going somewhere they have never been.  These are the types of students the Walt Whitman Robotics team is looking for.  These are the students that will allow our team to change our destiny and even possibly the world.

Some people think robotics is just about building a robot, the reality is that we build leaders and community one robot at a time.  If you are think you want to be more, you need to check out robotics.



Team 1389 Leadership for the 2016 – 17 Season Has Been Selected

This year we are excited to announce the Leadership team team that will take the helm of The Body Electric FRC team.  These 4 students and 3 mentors have a combined robot building experience of 13+ and 19+ years respectively. Please join us in congratulating them on earning this position.

  • Students
    • Grace
    • Joey
    • Ari
    • Micaela
  • Mentors
    • JJ Biel-Goebel
    • Farish Perlman
    • Dan Chen


The leadership team will be meeting for the first time this week to work on the following

  • Leadership Roles and Responsibilities
  • Communication medium and consistency
  • Quorum and Decision making
  • Sub team leads

We are still looking to fill all of the Sub Lead roles.  So please, if you are interested in taking on any of the above sub lead positions please fill in this form today



Have you signed up for off seasons? If you are planning on attending, please fill in this survey

2016 Tech Lecture Schedule

This fall is our team’s preseason, and as such the team will be busy practicing and learning to get ready for build season.  Much like playing sports, you don’t win the game when you step in the ice or field, you win the game in the months and days leading up to the game with your practice and preparation.  Robotics is no different, the fall is when we need to do as much learning and gain as much experience as possible so that in the spring, all we do is act.  Lats year the team started doing tech lectures to help get students up to speed on many of the critical aspects of running an FRC robotics teams.  This year we will be expanding our tech lectured so as to cover more topics and to help take our abilities to the next level.

Walt Whitman students, as well as students from other teams are encouraged to attend as many of the lectures as possible.  The more you know about every aspect of the robot and team, the more efficient the you and the team can be overall. Plus, their is always something new to learn.  All lectures will take place at Walt Whitman High School. If you are not a team Walt Whitman student please contact us at if you are interested in attending.

We will create and update online material in preparation for each talk, so please check the web page for updates that could help you get smarter, better and faster.



Have you turned it in?

Have you signed up for leadership?

Have you signed up for off seasons?

BAA Education Day 2016

Last year the team attended BAA education day and learned a lot.  We plan on taking all or new team members again this year.  Its a chance for students to get a lot of knowledge about FRC robots very quickly.  If you are a new to robotics, we highly recomend attending.


Any student, mentor, parent or supporter of the FIRST Robotics Competition in Maryland and DC. There are sessions targeting both rookies and veterans.


  • A $5 fee is requested from ALL attendees.
  • The $5 per person fee will be collected at the door, but advance registration of all attendees is required. You will be expected to pay for the number of people you register even if they don’t show up on Oct. 29.
  • Registration, including lunch will close at 5pm on Tues. Oct. 18, 2016.
  • Some sessions will have limited seats and will require a pre-registration. You will receive instructions on how to sign up for these seats after you register.


  • A BBQ lunch from Famous Dave’s (pork, brisket, chicken, sides and water). A vegetarian option will be offered. Lunch is included in the registration fee.
  • There will be no extra lunch tickets sold at the door; participants MUST register online in order to be included in the lunch order.
  • Teams are welcome to bring their own food if they think they will need more to eat.


  • Detailed agenda will be sent to registered participants.


Yourself, your $5, a notebook and lots of questions !


Sat, October 29, 2016

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email Kathy at :

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you can email Kathy with your name and who will be attending in your place.

Can I attend for just part of the day ? 

Yes, if you cannot attend the entire day, come when you can and attend those sessions most of value to you Please register though so that we can ensure we don’t overcrowd the school.

Can I bring my own lunch ? 

Yes of course and any snacks you need through the day. We will still request the $5 payment to cover the costs of meals for the volunteers and presenters.

Do I have to register with my team or can I register individually?

Either is fine, just make sure you are not registered twice.

To Bag or Not To Bag…..That is the Question

Greetings from FIRST

The FIRST Robotics Competition is looking for feedback about Stop Build Day. Stop Build Day is the day when Teams are expected to Bag and Tag their robot- putting the robot they will be using at the competition in a bag, not to be worked on again until the competition event (with the exception of a few hours for District Teams).  If you want to learn more about all of the various aspects concerning bag day check out this chief delphi post

We are eager to hear your thoughts and feedback and would greatly appreciate it if you could give about 10 minutes of your time to fill out this survey.

Please click on the following link to access the survey (or copy and paste the link in your web browser)

Please forward this message to any Mentors and Student Team Members over the age of 13 on your Team. This is a very important survey about a core element of FIRST Robotics Competition, and we want to get as many participants as we can.

Your opinions are valuable to us! Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey. The survey will close on Monday, September 26th at 5pm ET.

If you have any questions regarding this survey, you may contact


Paperwork is due this week

Paper work

Paperwork is due Friday September 9th for returning students and students who want to attend the Battle O’Baltimore in two weekends.

Paper work is due Friday October 2nd for all remaining students.

If you have issues with getting your paperwork in please send a message to

Want to learn more about what we are going to be doing this season, check out this video

RoboLeague from Digital Kitchen on Vimeo.


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

2017 District Schedule, We are Hosting Again

We are once again hosting an FRC district event during the 2017 FRC season. Wooo Hooo!!!  This will be the second year that the team hosts the event and we are really looking forward to it.  However, the organization that ran the events last year in Maryland is now defunct and responsibilities have been transferred over to Chesapeake FIRST.  With this shift comes a new way of managing events that will require more work form the host teams.  To help keep this burden as low as possible we are going to try and share responsibility for planning the event with Team 1111 who is hosting a week 4 event.  More on this to come.

  • Week 1
    • Mar 3-5, 2017 FIRST Chesapeake District Northern Virginia Event (Battlefield High
      School, Haymarket, VA)
    • Mar 3-5, 2017 FIRST Chesapeake District Southwest Virginia Event (Blacksburg High
      School, Blacksburg, VA)
  • Week 2
    • Mar 10-12, 2017 FIRST Chesapeake District Greater DC Event (Walt Whitman High
      School, Bethesda, MD)

      • We will be hosting and attending this event
  • Week 3
    • Mar 17-19, 2017 FIRST Chesapeake District Northern Maryland Event (The McDonogh
      School, Owings Mill, MD)
    • Mar 17-19, 2017 FIRST Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Event (Churchland High
      School, Portsmouth, VA)
  • Week 4
    • Mar 24-26, 2017 FIRST Chesapeake District Central Maryland Event (South River
      High School, Edgewater, MD)

      • We plan on attending this event
    • March TBD FIRST Chesapeake District Central Virginia Event
  • Week 6
    • Apr 5-8, 2017 FIRST Chesapeake District Championship (VCU Siegel Center, Richmond,

      • We plan on attending this event
      • We will need to qualify for this event
  • Week 8
    • Apr 24-29, 2017 FIRST World Championship (St Louis Conference Center, St Louis,

      • We plan on attending this event
      • We will need to qualify for this event

Please mark your calendars now, so that you can be sure nothing interferes with these events.

Have you filled in your paper work yet???