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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.

Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) - requires the students to build and fly a mid-size rocket to a specific altitude and return to the ground in a specific time period. The build and test starts in September and runs to qualification flights by April. If selected, the national fly-off is in May. Post 1010 has had TARC teams since 2005. We have had several teams in  the national fly-off.

This year the rocket must fly to 775 feet and return between 41 and 43 seconds. It must carry one large egg, and an approved altimeter. The booster must have a smaller diameter than the cargo unit, and they have to return separately. Here are the rules for 2017.

We have two teams of about 5 members each. Samantha Steckel Is the support adult. We have already started to build rockets and conducted test launches. We have done very well in the past and plan to have teams in the finals in May.

TARC 2017 Web Pages
TARC 2016 Web Pages


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) - requires the students to build, program, test and document a robot to complete scoring challenges. They use Tetrix robotics kits from Pitsco, augmented with basic robot building material. Competition is done in alliance with another team, randomly assigned at first and then selected in the final stages. Post 1010 has had teams in FTC since 2011. We have done well in the past and have been represented in the Maryland State finals every year.

Silvia Vidaurre is our adult mentor. We also have several local college alumni who help out. We plan to have only one team this year, team 6417, with about 8 team members. We will have the game description on September 10. This year, we will compete in two or three qualifying tournaments. We plan to be invited to the Maryland state finals, and go on to the mid-Atlantic Super Regional.

FTC Team 6417
FTC Team

Botball Educational Robotics - requires the students to build, program, test and document two robots to 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 February. The team has 8 weeks to prepare for a regional tournament. Post 1010 has had a team in the regional Botball program since 2001. We have won many awards.

In July, KIPR holds the Global Conference on Educational Robotics, an international conference and tournament (GCER). Post 1010 has sent a team every year since 2002.

We plan to have two teams in 2017 of about 8 members each. We will reuse team numbers 161 and 162. Mike Moy and Keith Frost will be our adult support. We plan to do very well in the regional tournament in April, and continue on to GCER 2017 in Norman Oklahoma in July.

Botball 2016 Web Pages

Botball Team

UAS4STEM (Unmanned Aerial System) - 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. The regional tournament is in late spring. If selected, the national competition is in August.

2016 was our first year to participate. During the spring, we practiced at the King farm farmstead. We traveled to Patuxent Navel Air Station for the competition. Our team came in third out of 11 teams.

With Tom May as our adult mentor, we plan to have another team compete in spring 2017. We will need to work hard to get to the national competition.

UAS 2016 Web Pages

UAS Team

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Last Updated on November 27, 2016