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!!!

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???


We are looking for bus mates

Any teams in the Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Virginia area want to share bus to World Championships?  If you are interested, please email us at We are taking around 25 people and would like to leave Monday April 25th (we could leave on the 26th if that works better for you), and return on May 1st.  We would also like to consume 1 full bay under the bus for our pit.  If we fill up enough seats, the price per seat could be as low as $200 a seat, so the more people the merrier.  We can take either a 55, 57 or a 61 passenger bus.



The first CHS District Championships was truly epic

First off, congrats to all of the amazing competitors and winners from this weekend.  We had so much fun and learned a lot from you.  We can’t wait to do it again next year.


Award Winner
Regional Chairman’s Award 384
Regional Chairman’s Award 1885
Regional Chairman’s Award 1086
Regional Engineering Inspiration Award 540
Regional Engineering Inspiration Award 1629
District Championship Rookie All Star Award 5830
Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Jesse Knight (1885)
Volunteer of the Year Jill Wetzel
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award Marcus Osborn (2537)
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award Andrew Miller (540)
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award Chenelle Foster (5830)
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award Collin Stiers (1719)
District Championship Winner 5804
District Championship Winner 1418
District Championship Winner 836
District Championship Finalist 1137
District Championship Finalist 346
District Championship Finalist 1262
District Championship Finalist 422
Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox 346
Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers 422
Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi 623
Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson 888
Highest Rookie Seed 5804
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen 2377
Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors 339
Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories 4945
Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation 1418
Judges’ Award 4945
Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation 5279
Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments 6194
Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation 1111


Secondly, thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors, organizations, parents, mentors, students and everyone else who helped put on this weekend’s event.  You did an amazing job and we can’t thank you enough.



Thirdly, this weekend was pretty hard on us, we were chasing a systems issue the entire time, and it really only let us run in about 5 of our 12 matches.  But, in the end we were able to find the issue and make some modifications to the drive train and arm that should make us competitive at world championships. Special Thanks to 2363, 1418, 686 and 836 for helping us work through our electrical issue, and to 3389 for picking us for their eliminations alliance.  Those two eliminations matches may not have ended the way we would have hoped, but they allowed our team to get some of our mojo back after finding our systems issue.



Lastly, thanks to the electrical bug for making us fail and learn.  Right from the first match you challenged our spirit, our resolve and our confidence.  We spent nearly 16 hours over 3 days looking for you.  We changed countless components and code trying to isolate you. We asked for help from the FTA’s, mentors and students and in the the end it was the recommendation from 686, our alliance partner to change the main breaker that eventually lead us to you.  We learned to power through, not give up, ask for help and in the end we are a better team because of you.



In two weeks we travel to St Louis, we are stronger, we are smarter and we are ready to take on any challenge that comes our way.



Here are all of the pictures from this weekend.