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Engineering Explorer Post 1010
Engineering Exploring Program


Explorer Post 1010 has four engineering projects. Members may commit to be on one or more projects, but everyone must be on at least one project. Each project has about 8 to 12 members. The projects run year-round, but the serious time commitments (meetings three times a week) are around the tournaments and conferences. We have plenty of build material, and expect each team to build several competition models to meet the goals of the challenge.

Project Archives - We have a long list of projects for the past 21 years.

The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) - requires students to build and fly a mid-size rocket to a specific altitude and land in a specific time. The program starts in September and runs to qualification flights by April. The national fly-off is in May. We have had TARC teams since 2005, with many in the national fly-off. In 2022, one of our teams came in 23rd nationally out of 700 teams.

For the 2023 challenge, we plan two teams. Here are the rules for 2023. The rocket must fly to 850 feet and return between 42 and 45 seconds. It must carry one large egg, with an approved altimeter. The booster and the cargo units must come down under separate chutes. Launches are in The Plains VA or Walkersville MD.

We also plan a team in the NASA Student Launch Initiative. This program requires the students to fly a high-power rocket with a special payload. Flights begin in December and go through April. Some flights will take place at Culpeper VA. These launches overlap with the TARC launches.

TARC 2022 Web Pages


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) - requires the students to build, program, test and document a robot to complete scoring challenges. They use robotics kits from commercial sites augmented with basic robot building material. Competition is done in alliance with another team. Operation of the robot is initially autonomous and then remotely controlled. Post 1010 has had teams in FTC since 2011. We have done well in the past and made it to the regional finals many years and to the Worlds Championship in 2022.

We have registered a team this year, team 6417, the Blu Cru, with about 8 team members. We will get the game description in September. Once we start, we will meet three times a week until the qualifying tournaments are completed in February. We plan to be invited to the regional Chesapeake finals, and perhaps go on to the World's Championship.

FTC 2021 Web Pages

FTC Team

Botball Educational Robotics - requires the students to build, program, test and document two robots to autonomously complete scoring challenges. The robots are built out of kits provided by KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR). A regional kick-off workshop is held in January. The team has a limited number of weeks to prepare for a regional tournament and document their progress. Post 1010 has had a team in the regional program since 2001. We won many awards. In July, KIPR holds the Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER), an international conference/tournament. Post 1010 has sent a team every year since 2002.

In November, we will register a team 160 in the 2023 program, with up to 10 members. We will follow the rules released in January 2023. We plan to do very well in the regional tournament in April 2023, and continue at GCER 2023 in July at St Augustine FL.

Botball 2022 Web Pages

Botball Team

UAS4STEM (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) - requires the students to build and fly a mid-size quad-copter through a competition course in a limited time. A team is limited to 8 members, who must complete an on-line training session from the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). We practice our operations at the Red Gate Park. The regional tournament is in late spring at Hollywood MD. If selected, we will participate in the national competition in August.

We have had a team in the program since 2016. We have done very well in the regional competitions. The national competition is held at AirVenture held in Oshkosh WI. We won the national competition in 2021, and came in 3rd in 2022. We plan to have another team compete in 2023 and reclaim our title.

UAS 2022 Web Pages

UAS Team

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Last Updated on August 1, 2022