P.O. Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646
Barstow Elementary - Determinators
A late entry to the competition, the Determinators overcame unbelievable obstacles when just days before the competition they lost their robot’s programming, said Barstow Fifth Grade Teacher Wendy Bowman. The team was thrilled to be in first place going into the championship rounds. They won the Robot Performance Award with a high score of 265 points.
Barstow Elementary - The Extreme
“This team presented quality research, innovative solutions and creative in-depth understanding of the project. They were awesome and inspiring. Even though young, they demonstrated maturity and expertise,” said championship judges.
Beach Elementary School - Catch the Green Wave
“This award goes to a team who was actively involved in recommending changes in their community concerning land usage and energy,” said championship judges.
Calvert Middle School - Calvert Crush
“This award goes to the team using an imaginative, creative presentation that demonstrates the team’s research and solution. This team was able to complete a school energy audit and get the school and administration to ‘buy into’ the project. Their skit was funny and all team members were involved,” said championship judges.
Mill Creek Middle School - LEGO Dudes
“This award goes to the team that improvises and overcomes a difficult situation while still making a respectable showing. We can overcome incredible odds if we never give up, no matter what! The team’s original mentor resigned in February. The school principal took on the task and the team was able to come today as a result of his commitment to his students,” said championship judges.
Mutual Elementary - Mustang’s Chargers
“The Champion’s Award is the most prestigious award that any team can win. It measures who the team members inspire and motivate others about the excitement of science and technology, solve, problems and demonstrate respect and gracious professionalism to every one involved in the competition. This team demonstrated outstanding skills in research, design, teamwork and robot performance. They demonstrated a level of maturity and skill exceeding their elementary school age group. They also impressed their judges with their involvement in their community,” said championship judges.
Plum Point Middle School - Robo Techs
“This award is for the team whose work stands out for innovation and/or dependability. To assess innovation, judges watch the robots work and look for things that make them say “WOW!” Judges interview team members to reveal the less obvious unique and inventive ideas. To assess dependability, judges interview the team to learn what solid principles and best practices they used to reduce variability and errors, with preferences to robots that best “back it up” throughout the matches. Team Robo Techs impressed the judges in the programming used to achieve precision in movement and manipulation. The Robo Techs programmed their robot to turn especially smooth and accurate. The team members showed an understanding of the programming application and what steps were required to work in conjunction with the overall engineering design,” said championship judges.
Windy Hill Middle School - LEGO Knights
“Some teams really know how to have fun. This award goes to the team that most enthusiastically demonstrates a commitment to getting others to see how accessible, fun and rewarding science and technology can be—especially when you are part of a great team,” said championship judges.
Milton Somers Middle School - RoboHawks
“This team demonstrated amazing teamwork. When challenged to work as a team they pulled together, soliciting ideas from each member and working cooperatively. This team performed like a well-oiled machine. They demonstrated excitement and enthusiasm for science and technology. Their paper tower scored high, but their teamwork soared higher in our estimation,” said championship judges.
Piccowaxen Middle School - Piccowaxen Panthers
“This award goes to a team who was not only innovative but actionary in getting their school more award of ‘going green.’ Putting a link on their school’s website, making morning announcements on their school’s PA system and posting signs on all their school’s light switches were just some of the things this team has done to make more students and teachers aware of energy usage,” said championship judges.
St. Peter’s School - Monster Energy
“This team conducted research that extended beyond the expected. Their process, methods, information sources and research data led to their school actually adopting some of their solutions. In fact, this team issued “tickets” to some of the teachers at their school for using too much energy unnecessarily. Students and teachers at St. Peter’s School, beware of Monster Energy,” said championship judges.
Holy Angels Sacred Heart - Nuclear Sparks
“The winner of the Engineering Design award took an innovative approach to design by analyzing the mission criteria and developing a unique chassis to fit the tasks. This chassis was based on their own configuration, not the one suggested by LEGO. Additionally, their light weight appendages were simple, quickly exchanged and very effective at performing multiple missions. The claw design especially showed great initiative, and displayed critical thinking,” said championship judges.
King’s Christian Academy - KCA Eagles
“The Rising Star Award recognizes a team that the judges believe stand out as being among the best and the brightest, and that we expect great things from in future robotics challenges. The judges identified this team as a rising star because of their innovative use of advanced design features like a tough sensor. This team, although young, impressed the judges with their enthusiasm for technology. We can truly say after watching this team, this Eagle has landed!” said championship judges.
Annapolis Area Christian School, Iron Eagles
Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, Transformers
Great Mills High School, Team 874A
In third place coming out of the qualifying rounds, the Annapolis Area Christian School’s Iron Eagles, left, chose the Transformers from the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center, center, to join their alliance going into the championship rounds. An integral part of the competition is observing the competition and choosing alliance partners with complimentary skill sets. In the second round of alliance building the Eagles chose Great Mills High School’s Team 874A, right, to complete their three-team alliance. The alliance advanced to win the championship. All three teams in the alliance advance to the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in Dallas in May.
Spear Academy, SPEAR-it
Home Schoolers of Southern Maryland, Hollywood, Spock-Itz
Thomas Stone High School, The Red Robins
Spear Academy’s SPEAR-it, from Mechanicsville, was in fifth place coming out of the qualifying rounds and chose Home Schoolers of Southern Maryland’s Spock-Itz, from Hollywood, to join their alliance going into the championship rounds. In the second round of alliance building SPEAR-it chose Thomas Stone’s The Red Robins to join their alliance. The alliance advanced to the final round earning it entry to the VEX Robotics Competition Championship of the Americas in Omaha in April. Qualifies winners to advance to Championship of the Americas in April in Omaha.
North Point High School - i-4N-i
Here’s what the judges had to say about the team chosen for this year’s Future Award: “This team’s knowledge and perception of new and innovative paths for future robotics technology showed true “outside-the-box” thinking. Their ideas for the use of artificial intelligence in the mental health field were truly original,” said championship judges.
Leonardtown High School - Raider Robotics 2
Here’s what the judges had to say about the team chosen for this year’s Innovate Award: “This team designed and effectively used a technically complex articulating arm that proved superior over all the other pickup and drop mechanisms. Their “swing-arm” was judged the most innovative precision delivery system in the competition,” said championship judges.
St. Mary’s Ryken High School - Arctic Lightning
Here’s what the judges had to say about the team chosen for this year’s Cooperate Award: “The cooperative spirit of this year’s winner was fostered by the strong tradition of assistance and inter-team cooperation demonstrated by the four robots that were fielded by their school today. What set this team apart was not their selfless commitment to the team or their willingness to complete any required task be it large or small. The factor that was most noticeable was that they approached and solved each challenge as a team quickly drawing from the unique insights and skills of each member to adapt almost organically,” said championship judges.
Spear Academy - SPEAR-it
The Robot Skill Champion award qualifies SPEAR-it to advance to World Championship in May in Dallas.
Qualifies to advance to World Championship in May in Dallas
Carroll County 4-H - Super Sonic Sparks C
This is the highest award presented in the VEX Robotics Competition. The recipient of this award is a team that exemplifies overall excellence in building a well-rounded VEX robotics program. This team excels in many areas and is a shining example of dedication, devotion, hard work, and teamwork. A strong contender in numerous award categories, this team deserves to be recognized for their accomplishments building a robot and in building a “team” committed to quality in everything they do. Here’s what the judges had to say about the team chosen for this year’s Excellence Award: “This team has a fast moving, conveyor style robot. The robot supported a high-scoring articulated arm that easily put cubes into any height tube. Their out-of-the-box community involvement and excellent systems approach makes them deserving of this prestigious award,” said championship judges.
The Support Award was judged and voted on by the teams participating in today’s event.
Carroll County 4-H - Super Sonic Sparks A
Here’s what the judges had to say about the team chosen for this year’s Think Award: “This team had consistently strong performances in the autonomous period with multiple autonomous program modes. They were a community team that did a super job,” said championship judges.
Garfield High School, Woodbridge, VA - Alchemists
Here is what the judges had to say about the team chosen for this year’s Community Award: “This team’s outreach into their community including demonstrating their design to local middle schoolers. This is the type of outreach that will inspire young people to consider STEM education and careers,” said championship judges.
Garfield High School, Woodbridge, VA - Leviathan
The Energy Award was judged and voted on by the teams participating in today’s event. The winner of this year’s Energy Award is Leviathan.
Qualifies to advance to World Championship in May in Dallas
Potomac School, McLean, VA - Hypno Toads
Potomac School, McLean, VA - Home Robotics 2
Here is what the judges had to say about the team chosen for this year’s Amaze Award:
“It is obvious from the interviews and on-field performance that this team has been highly effective in producing an overall robust design with solid construction based on an elegant use of a pulley operated pivoting conveyor belt. The conveyor belt has extended whiskers to enable scoring of a large volume of cubes making the game look easy. The robot proved to be highly reliable, holding up very well, while achieving under competitive conditions.”