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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 to meet the goals of the challenge.

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. The build and test starts in September and runs to qualification flights by April. If selected, the national fly-off is in May. We have had TARC teams since 2005, with many in the national fly-off. In 2021, one of our teams came in 2nd nationally, just missing 1st place.

For the 2022 challenge, we plan to have two or three teams of about 5 members each. Here are the rules for 2022. The rocket must fly to 835 feet and return between 41 and 44 seconds. It must carry two large eggs sideways, along with an approved altimeter. The booster and the cargo units must come down together. We are starting to design the rocket and will be flying in December. Launches are in Virginia or near Frederick and take up most of the day.

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 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 Maryland State finals many years and to the Worlds Championship in 2018.

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 Maryland state finals, and perhaps go on to the World's Championship.

FTC 2020 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, an international conference and tournament (GCER). Post 1010 has sent a team every year since 2002.

In November, we plan to register a team in the 2022 program, team 160, of about 10 members. We will follow the rules released in January 2022. We plan to do very well in the regional tournament in April 2022, and continue on to GCER 2022 in July.

Botball 2020/21 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 King Farm farmstead and the Red Gate Park. Our regional tournament is in late spring at Hollywood Maryland. If selected, we will participated 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 - winning them several years. We won the national competition in 2021 which was held at Oshkosh WI. We plan to have another team compete in spring 2022 and defend our title.

UAS 2020/21 Web Pages

UAS Team

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Last Updated on September 8, 2021