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Robotics Teams

Fall 2019

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! Our Freedom Area Rec. teams meet in various locations, with our new Carroll County Center of Robotics and Engineering (CC CORE) as a hub.  The location is 2025 Suffolk Road, Finksburg.  Signup for all teams is now open, with a participation code. In order to obtain the code, you must first contact the team or coordinator, and a visit is highly recommended.  Contact information for various ages groups listed below.

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 coming to a meeting at CC CORE.  You will also want to come to the competition on Sat., Sept. 21 at McDonogh School from 9AM – 4PM to see robots, talk to teams 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 at CC CORE 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.  Two community teams share space, and a third team could be added.  Contact the coach at for information on meeting times.  You can find out more about the FTC 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.
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.