WHEN: Wednesday, September 2, 6 PM – 8 PM
WHERE: John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Lab – 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd Laurel, MD 20723, Building 1 Cafeteria
JHU/APL, ASME and FIRST invite you to an evening of discussion and demonstration of robotics. If you are interested in starting a FIRST team for your elementary, middle school, or high school age child, or being a mentor or sponsor, you will not want to miss this session. Local teams from all four FIRST programs (Jr.FLL, FLL, FTC and FRC) will be on hand.
For kids ages 9 to 14, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an exciting and fun international robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology. Each year FLL teams embark on an adventurous challenge based on current, real-world issues and then build and compete with robots made from Legos and Lego Mindstorm controller kits. For kids ages 6-9, Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) gives a taste of Lego building, teamwork and fun research.
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) are designed for high-school-aged students to discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and scientists can be. It challenges teams of students to design, build and operate robots in an exciting sports-like game.
Team check-in will start shortly after 8am and light breakfast/coffee items will be available for purchase in the Student Center. Workshop sessions start at 9am and run until 4pm. The new game reveal and overview of the Maryland/DC FTC season begins at 11:30am. More workshops and game discussions continue in the afternoon. A full agenda and descriptions of the workshop sessions are here: 2015KickoffAgenda-v1
The entire event is free and open to the public, but please register so we have a good idea of headcounts for the workshops and lunch. To allow the greatest number of teams, we ask that you limit attendees to no more than 10 per team (including students and adults). You will probably want to split your group to cover various workshops, so please plan ahead.
We are also holding a SuGO training workshop in the afternoon. This is a fundraising opportunity for your teams…learn more here: SuGO Training at KickOff 2015. This workshop requires one adult (YPP approved) and three team members to attend; seating is limited. Please use the link for separate registration in the SuGO Training at Kickoff document.
Saturday, September 12th
United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA
Two sessions offered: 9:30 AM – Noon and 1:00-3:30 PM
All FLL participants, along with their coaches and family members, are invited to “meet the experts.” Experts will share what they do and know through demonstrations, hands-on materials, literature, and conversation. This is a free event, but attendees should register in advance. For more information and to register, go to http://trashtrekfestival.eventbrite.com (password: trashtrek).
Questions can be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Baltimore Area Alliance is pleased to announce its 9th annual Battle O’ Baltimore, one of the east coast’s premier FIRST® Robotics Competition off-season tournaments, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, and will once again be a highlight of Baltimore Innovation Week. See our 2015 Battle O Baltimore Flyer and help spread the word.
McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland will host the Battle O’ Baltimore in the Rollins-Luetkemeyer Athletic Center on September 26 from 8:30 AM – 5 PM. Courtside seats are available and the event is free and open to the public. 30-minute guided tours are available to visitors registered through Baltimore Innovation Week or www.battleobaltimore.com. Demonstrations of all four of FIRST‘s K-12 programs will be on display at the Battle O’ Baltimore.
See the following workshops and training opportunities for current or prospective coaches of Maryland FIRST LEGO League teams. Most of these events are free but registration/RSVP requested.
For a listing of Summer STEM Camps in Maryland and vicinity, see our STEMaction listing.
Wednesday, June 24 – FLL Coach Best Practice Discussion 6:30 pm – 8 pm Thingstitute, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD 20850 Please RSVP to Milka Piszczek [email@example.com] with the following information: 1. Name and how long you have been a part of FLL 2. What was your role (i.e. coach, mentor, parent, etc.) 3. What topics would you like to discussed/addressed
Saturday, July 11 – New Coach EV3 Programming Workshop 1 pm – 5 pm Thingstitute, 29 Courthouse Square, Rockville, MD 20850 RSVP to Milka Piszczek [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Thursday, July 16 – FLL Information Night/EV3/NXT Programming Workshop St. Annes School of Annapolis, 6 pm – 8 pm RSVP to Dana Aucoin [email@example.com]
Wednesday, July 29 - FLL Coaching workshops 6-8 pm Mt Airy Library, 705 Ridge Avenue, Mt Airy An open meeting to introduce the FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics competition to interested adults. A short overview of the program and how 4th-8th grade students get involved on teams of 5-10 students for the fall-winter season will begin at 6 pm. From 6:30-7:30, experienced team coaches will provide more detail on what is involved in running teams. We will end with time for networking and discussion for those actively looking to start or join teams, and coaches can get assistance with registration. No experience is necessary, and all are welcome to stay to find out about the program with no obligation or cost. Contact Rose Young with any questions and to RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 8 - Coach & Team Members EV3 Programming with Sensors Clinic Saint Thomas More Academy, 9 am – 3 pm Cost $35, includes lunch StThomas More Lego Clinic Overview Aug8-2015 Contact Elizabeth Renninger at email@example.com to register
Saturday, August 15, FLL Coaches and Parents workshop Greenbelt MakerSpace, 10-4pm The workshop is free, and we will supply programming laptops and robot kits. Last year we supported 4 in-house teams, and teams at several other nearby schools. Please visit the make125.org website to reserve a seat.
Thursday, August 20 - FLL Coaching workshops 6-8 pm Eldersburg Library, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg See description and contact info for July 29 FLL Coaching workshop
Wednesday, August 26 - FLL Coaching workshops 6-8 pm Eldersburg Library, 6400 Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg See description and contact info for July 29 FLL Coaching workshop
Thursday, August 27 – NXT/EV3 Programming Workshop 6-8 pm St. Anne’s School of Annapolis, 3112 Arundel on the Bay Rd., Annapolis Contact Dana Aucoin for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 2, FIRST Information Night JHU Applied Physics Lab, Laurel — Building 1 Cafeteria Information night for new coaches, mentors and volunteers for FIRST teams and events in Maryland. Teams from all four FIRST programs featured. FREE with registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-information-night-tickets-17467282111
The following link describes how to enroll in the course through CSM. The courses are offered in conjunction with a college, so CSM handles payment and account access. http://www.csmd.edu/Training/Online/
The following link describes the introductory course. It is offered on June 17 and August 12 in addition to the May 13 start date, but to complete both the introductory and intermediate classes before FTC kick-off in September, I suggest taking it starting May 13. According to the CSM webpage, registration closes when the class starts. http://www.ed2go.com/csm/online-courses/java-programming-introduction?tab=syllabus
The following link describes the intermediate course. It also has an optional start date of July 15. http://www.ed2go.com/csm/online-courses/java-programming-intermediate?tab=syllabus
These courses teach Java…we can start learning how Java pertains to FTC robots when the FTC SDK is released and the KOP is available.
Enjoy this learning experience and your summer!
[Thanks to Lydean Spangler for this post]
Baltimore City Public Schools and STEMaction are hosting a Baltimore Robotics Expo on May 16, 2015 from 9am – noon at Baltimore International Academy (4410 Frankford Avenue, Baltimore). The event will feature some of this season’s teams engaged in robotics challenges and will include information about starting FIRST LEGO League and Jr.FLL teams in Baltimore City Public Schools. 2015 BRX Flyer
We are looking for Americorps VISTA candidates to help bring FIRST programs to more students and underserved communities in Maryland. The VISTA program is a great way to get involved or give back to the FIRST community. It’s a full-time commitment for a year with a minimal stipend, but it pays big dividends for yourself and the community.
One posting is already open for a VISTA in Baltimore to support initiatives within Baltimore City Public Schools, particularly for FIRST LEGO League and Junior FIRST LEGO League. We would like to fill this position as soon as possible to have someone on-board over the summer to prepare for the new season.
We can potentially open a second posting anywhere in Maryland for the right candidate. We would especially love to have a FIRST alum, volunteer or mentor willing to commit to a year of service. We have a track record of success with recent alums taking a gap year before college, FIRST alums coming out of college looking to build careers, and retirees looking for a great opportunity to keep them active and engaged. If you have interest, please contact us at email@example.com.
Congratulations and Good Luck to all the Maryland teams headed to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis April 22-25. This year once again marks our biggest contingent of teams ever — a total of 16 teams making the trip along with 5 Dean’s List Award Finalists, in addition to a bevy of great volunteers. Make that 17 teams — there’s also Team 418 SWAT Bots from Annapolis going to the Jr.FLL World Festival Expo.
This year features 8 fields of FIRST Robotics Competition action in the Edward Jones Dome, along with FIRST LEGO League teams competing in the America’s Center adjacent to the Dome. Four fields of FIRST Tech Challenge and a Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo will bring excitement to Union Station.
Keep track of all the action via webcasts — check here for links to feeds from the Dome and Union Station. Get more detail from the Championship page for each FIRST program:
STEMaction, our Maryland non-profit that supports FIRST and other great STEM activities, is a founding partner for the Maryland STEM Festival. This new annual Festival is a great way to get the word out to your local communities about the work Maryland’s FIRST teams are doing to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. We encourage Maryland FIRST teams of all levels and ages to consider hosting or participating in an event. See this flyer (MDSTEM-Fest-FIRST-team-flyer.pdf) for some ideas of different types of events you can hold.