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Engineering In the Air

We fly rockets in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
See what we did last year. Come fly with us this year.

  TARC Slideshow

We fly quad-copters in the UAS4STEM competition.
We did well last year. We are going back to the nationals.

  UAS Slideshow
 
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Engineering On the Ground

We build robots for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
program. We did well last year. We are ready to roll.

 FTC Slideshow

We build complex autonomous robots for the Botball Educational Robotics competition. We rocked last year.

 Botball Slideshow
 
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 News

Our FIRST Tech Challenge Team 6417 competed in two FTC Qualifier tournaments, December 9 at Walt Whitman HS, and January 20 at the Bullis school. Our robot had issues in both tournaments, but we won the a third place Inspire award, a first place the Think award, and an invitation to the state finals. At the Maryland State finals at UMBC on March 3, our robot again had problems, and we ended our season. We need to work on mechanical engineering.

We have three TARC teams building rockets to meet the 2019 Requirements. We built several designs and flew many times to refine our rockets and procedures. We did very well, and two teams qualified for the national finals with test scores under 20.. We had the only teams from Maryland making the finals. The finals are at Great Meadows in Virginia on May 18.

Our Botball Team 160 started with great plans for the 2019 season. We attended the workshop at the University of Maryland and participated in the regional tournament on April 6, at Annandale High School. Our robots struggled, but we learned several lessons. We are planning to attend the Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER), July 6-11, at Norman OK.

We started our project for drones and quadcopters late in the winter. We decided to register again in the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) competition. We learned a lot last year about anonymous flying. We rebuilt the drone for the 2019 challenge and did well in the regional competition in May. We are planning to be invited to the national tournament in August.

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Copyright 2019 Explorer Post 1010 - Last Updated on May 6, 2019
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