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Engineering Explorer Post 1010
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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.

Project Archives - We have a long list of projects for the past 20 years.

The American 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 many teams in the national fly-off.

This year the rocket must fly to 800 feet and return between 40 and 43 seconds. It must carry one large egg, and an approved altimeter. The booster and the cargo units must come down together. Here are the rules for 2020/21.

We plan to have three teams of about 5 members each. We have already started to design and build rockets. We will be flying soon. Launches are in Virginia or near Frederick and take up a better part of a Saturday.

TARC 2020/21 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, randomly assigned at first and then selected in the final stages. Operation is 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 Maryland State finals almost every year and to the Worlds Championship in 2018.

We plan to have one team this year, team 6417, with about 12 team members. We have the game description for this year and have started to organize. We will meet three times a week until the qualifying tournaments are completed in February. We plan to be invited to the Maryland state finals, and perhaps go on to the World's Championship.

FTC 2019 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. 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, an international conference and tournament (GCER). Post 1010 has sent a team every year since 2002.

We plan to have one team in 2020-2021 of about 12 members team number 160. We will follow the rules released in January 2020. We plan to do very well in the regional tournament in April 2021, and continue on to GCER 2021 in July.

Botball 2019 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). The regional tournament is in late spring. If selected, the national competition is in August, in Muncie IN.

2019 was our fourth year to participate. During the spring, we practiced at the King Farm farmstead. We traveled to Hollywood Maryland for the regional competition. Our team won the regional competition and went on to the national competition.

We plan to have another team compete in spring 2021. The rules will be the same as released in January 2020. We will need to work hard to get back to the national competition.

UAS 2019 Web Pages

UAS Team

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Last Updated on September 12, 2020