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Maryland high school students advance to FIRST Robotics Championship

RoboticsMore than 2,000 high school students, mentors, fans, educators and industry leaders packed the Baltimore Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, to witness robotics teams competing for spots at Championships to be held in St. Louis, April 26-28. The Chesapeake Regional FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition featured 63 teams of students and technical mentors from Maryland, 10 other states and Washington, D.C., vying for honors and recognition that reward design excellence, competitive play, sportsmanship, and high-impact partnerships between schools, businesses, and communities.

With the hope of winning coveted awards, high school students worked with technical mentors over a six week period to design, build and program robots to play this season’s game, Rebound Rumble, a 3-on-3 basketball game. Each two-minute game climaxed with the robots attempting to balance on bridges at mid-court. The action in the elimination rounds on Saturday grew particularly intense as teams worked together in three-team alliances. Complete results and photos posted at mdfirst.org.

Seven teams advanced to the FIRST Championships, three of them from Maryland. The most prestigious honor at the competition, the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate, went for the second straight year to the RoboBees from Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center High School in Leonardtown, Md. The Regional Winners were an alliance of four teams led by C-Company from Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, Md. The winning alliance also included teams from Palo Alto, Ca., Hartford, Conn., and New York City. Other teams earning spots at the FIRST Championship included one from Clarkston, Mich., and a rookie team from Havre de Grace, Md.

FIRST co-founder Dr. Woodie Flowers of MIT and the Chairman of the FIRST Board of Directors, Walt Havenstein were featured guests at this 10th anniversary of the Chesapeake Regional. Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and family members were among the spectators on Saturday.

Nearly 200 volunteers and judges from some of the most highly regarded organizations in the area, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and SAIC helped make this year’s Chesapeake Regional possible. Sponsors provide resources including time and talent from technical mentors, services, equipment, financial contributions, and volunteers.

Maryland Award Winners

Chesapeake Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 836 RoboBees, Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center High School, Leonardtown, Md.

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award

Sagarika Das, Team 449 The Blair Robot Project, Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, Md.

Aaron Lantz, Team 1629 Garrett Coalition (GaCo), Garrett County Public Schools, McHenry, Md.

Woodie Flowers Award

Marco Ciavolino, Team 3941 Absolute Zero Electricity, Techbrick, Havre de Grace, Md.

Regional Winners

Team 2377 C-Company, Chesapeake High School, Pasadena, Md.

Cooperation Award

Team 686 Bovine Intervention, Linganore High School & Oakdale High School & Urbana High School, Frederick, Md.

Highest Rookie Seed Award

Team 4288 Worcester Beach Bots, Stephen Decatur High School & Snow Hill High School & Worcester Technical High School, Berlin, Md.

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Team 1719 The Umbrella Corporation, The Park School of Baltimore, Brooklandville, Md.

Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors

Team 2377 C-Company, Chesapeake High School, Pasadena, Md.

Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation

Team 1629 Garrett Coalition (GaCo), Garrett County Public Schools, McHenry, Md.

Judges’ Award

Team 1111 PowerHawks, South River High School, Edgewater, Md.

Rookie All-Star Award

Team 3941 Absolute Zero Electricity, Techbrick, Havre de Grace, Md.

Rookie Inspiration Award

Team 4067 The Incredible Hawk, River Hill High School, Clarksville, Md.

Website Award

Team 836 RoboBees, Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center High School, Leonardtown, Md.

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