2011 FTC Maryland, FLL Southern Maryland Qualifers
Southern Maryland Teams Advance to State Competition
Through the 2011 Maryland and Southern Maryland qualifying competitions held at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata Campus this month, six FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams and six FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams will advance to the state championships in 2012.
FTC Teams advancing to the state championship at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab on Feb. 25 are The Droids from St. Peter the Rock Home School of Annapolis, RoboBees-1 and RoboBees-2 of the Dr. James A. Forrest Tech Center of Leonardtown, Under the Son of Hollywood, Talons of South River High School in Anne Arundel County and Craftsmen from Boy Scout Troop 793 of Howard County. The winning alliance was made up of the RoboBees-1 and Under the Son. Finalists were RoboBees-2 and Quake of Friends School of Baltimore.
FLL Teams advancing to state championship at University of Maryland Baltimore County on Jan. 28 are Mr. Roboto of Hollywood, Egg-Stremes of Leonardtown, CyberKnights of Charlotte Hall, Crabotics of Huntingtown, FAW Team JFTI of Leonardtown and Smallwood Middle School of Indian Head.
Awards presented to teams participating in the FTC and FLL competitions included:
FIRST Tech Challenge Awards
PTC Design Award
Under the Son, Hollywood
The intent of this award is to expand the challenge, inspiring teams to incorporate industrial design into their robots.
Jr. Power Hawks of South River High School, Edgewater
This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team spirit and enthusiasm.
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award
Grizzl-E of Garrison Forest School, Owings Mills
This award celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life
The Craftsmen of Boy Scout Troop 793, Ellicott City
This award is presented to the team that the judges feel most connected with their local community and the engineering community.
The Talons of South River High School, Edgewater
This award is given to the team that the judges feel best understood the role of the engineering notebook in the design process.
South River High School teams: The Jr. Power Hawks, The Talons and The Mech Hawks
This award is given at the discretion of the judges to a team(s) they have encountered whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition, yet the team does not fit into any of the existing award categories. The judges created “The Birds-of-a-Feather” award for a group that worked as cohesive birds of a single mechanical flock.
The Inspire Award
First Place: The Droids of St. Peter the Rock Home School, Annapolis
Second Place: Under the Son, Hollywood
Third Place: The Talons of South River High School, Edgewater
This award is given to the team that the judges felt truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program.
FIRST Lego League Awards
King’s Christian Academy Eagles-1, Callaway
This award celebrates a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.
Mr. Roboto, Hollywood
Runner Up: Egg-Stremes, Leonardtown
This award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing our core values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the robot game and project.
RoboWarriors, Upper Marlboro
Runner Up: Hamilton Hawks, Baltimore
During the course of competition, the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition.