Robotics Teams, Fall 2018

Robotics teams are now forming for students of all ages, but most openings are for high school in the fall. These teams are about much more than robots!


FIRST Robotics Competition (grades 9-12)

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams build robots that may be 5 feet tall and weigh 120 pounds. Carroll County’s only FRC Team is FRC Team 2199 the Robo-Lions.  The team has been in existence since 2006. Since 2010, the team has welcomed members from any public or private school in Maryland, as well as homeschooled students. (8th graders are occasionally accepted as junior members.)  The team needs members with interest in marketing, graphic design, business, social media, video production, and all aspects of engineering. This is the ‘varsity level’ or robotics, with a time commitment similar to a winter sport.
Email the following: to get information about joining, or signup on  You may also want to come to the competition on Sat., Sept. 22 at McDonogh School from 9AM – 4PM to see robots, talk to the team and watch some fun matches.  It is called “The Battle O’ Baltimore” – see for more.

FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12)

FIRST Tech Challenge teams build a robot no more than 18 inches in any dimension, is open to any student in grades 7-12 and the new season runs from Sept. to Feb.  Teams may meet twice a week or more to design, build and document their machines.   Competitions are held beginning in Dec., with a State Tournament in February or March, and Regional and World Championships through April.  Visit the team for insight into the FTC season, introduction to Android Studio and Java, season expectations for time and expenses, resources available in the local community, and an appreciation of the overall program.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FLL Jr (Grades K-8)

The season has already begun and workshops were held over the summer for the teams targeting elementary and middle school students.  New teams may continue to form in the fall, if there is interest and with additional volunteers.
Additional workshops for this age group may be scheduled in September as needed, but the season officially kicks off in August, so teams forming later may be at a disadvantage. 
Please email:  with the subject line “FLL Team Interest” or “FLL Jr Team Interest”.  Provide at least your name, the age of potential team members, and your city, in addition to any specific questions.