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Event Series Event Series: CENTERSTAGE℠ presented by RTX

Mountain Maryland McHenry, MD FTC Qualifier

January 13 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Free – $150.00

In CENTERSTAGE presented by RTX teams are raising the curtain on how design, creativity, and precision play a role in creating all new experiences. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format in this district qualifier.

For Teams

Garrett College


Please use the map to determine where to park.


Concessions will be available at this event. 
Food allowed in Pit area, Lunch room & hallways. Water only in stands.
Outside food is allowed.

Pre Order Lunches

Team Lunch Orders (

Due – Sunday, Dec. 31st 
Coaches complete one order per team


Be sure to bring a paper copy of your roster to your event to turn into pit admin. Paper rosters can be printed from your Dashboard at FIRST Inspires. Your roster should have a green checkmark next to every team member AND coach/mentor. 

This indicates that all people associated with the team have signed a Consent and Release form. You may not compete without Consent and Release forms on file. FIRST Inspires does not want to manage paper and encourages teams to use these resources to register their children and sign the Consent and Release. 

Competing Teams

Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP
7 7 TechBrick Education/DoD STEM&TechBrick Education Tactical Sheep Aberdeen Proving Ground MD USA 2,007 Emoji_7
5233 5,233 Leidos/Chapelgate Christian Academy/AFCEA Northern Virginia Chapter/Private Donation /Jensen Family&Chapelgate Christian Academy Vector Marriottsville MD USA 2,011 Vector
10452 10,452 Southern Middle School SX Gearheads Oakland MD USA 2,015 GaCo South
11112 11,112 NVTC&Family/Community RoboLords Ashburn VA USA 2,016
11500 11,500 CDIGITAL MARKETS, LLC & St Mark School Too Many Wires Catonsville MD USA 2,016
12118 12,118 Northern Garrett High School The ACES Accident MD USA 2,016
12134 12,134 Southern Garrett High School Southern High Rams Oakland MD USA 2,016
13353 13,353 Family/Community Circuit Breakers Aldie VA USA 2,017
14169 14,169 4-H BC4H Partytime ^s Martinsburg WV USA 2,017
14691 14,691 Nova Labs/Leidos&Family/Community Mechanical Mafia Fairfax VA USA 2,018
14971 14,971 Southern Garrett High School Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots Oakland MD USA 2,018
15167 15,167 Family/Community Robo Troopers Herndon VA USA 2,018
17080 17,080 stackArmor, Inc.&Family/Community NewT.exe Potomac MD USA 2,019
18264 18,264 Bechtel/Octo Consulting/Shabas Solutions LLC/Intelice Solutions &Family/Community TheElectronovas Fairfax VA USA 2,020
18381 18,381 Winning Solutions LLC/Nimble Hub LLC/BlueVision LLC/Gain-How Printing Co.,Ltd&Family/Community RAM Eaters Fairfax VA USA 2,020
18996 18,996 Family/Community S.T.A.T.I.C. Clarksville MD USA 2,020
19818 19,818 Family/Community Jade Innovations Boyds MD USA 2,021
19876 19,876 Family/Community N-1 Aberdeen MD USA 2,021
20123 20,123 Family/Community Cryptic Ellicott City MD USA 2,021
20194 20,194 Moorefield High School JackBots Moorefield WV USA 2,021
22202 22,202 Family/Community Infinity.exe Rockville MD USA 2,022
23382 23,382 Family/Community Fifth Dimension North Potomac MD USA 2,023
23840 23,840 Family/Community Howard Dynamics Clarksville MD USA 2,023
23928 23,928 Family/Community Double Quarter Pounders Mc Lean VA USA 2,023
24219 24,219 Family/Community Duck Robotics Rockville MD USA 2,023
Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP


Team judging begins at 8:00 a.m. Please be prompt.  Each Team will have a ten to fifteen minute “fact-finding” interview with a panel of two or three judges. At the start of the interview, Teams will have a maximum of 5 minutes to present to the judges. After the Team’s five-minute presentation, the judges will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Team, the Robot, and outreach efforts. 

Engineering Portfolios
Teams should submit an Engineering Portfolio (not an Engineering Notebook). This is outlined in the Game Manual.
The Engineering Portfolio should be on paper (not electronic) and should be given to the Judges during the judging interview.

Control Award Submissions
Control Award Submissions, which are optional, should be on paper (not electronic) and should be given to the Judges during the judging interview.

Official Q&A Forum
If you have not already, make sure you check out and review the questions and answers on the FIRST Tech Challenge Official Q&A Forum. More questions and answers are added weekly!

Award Name
Team Number
Inspire Award7Tactical Sheep
TechBrick Education/DoD STEM&TechBrick Education
Inspire Award 2nd Place13353Circuit Breakers
Inspire Award 3rd Place11112RoboLords
Winning Alliance - Captain19876N-1
Winning Alliance - 1st Team Selected5233Vector
Leidos/Chapelgate Christian Academy/AFCEA Northern Virginia Chapter/Private Donation /Jensen Family&Chapelgate Christian Academy
Winning Alliance - 2nd Team Selected22202Infinity.exe
Finalist Alliance - Captain20123Cryptic
Finalist Alliance - 1st Team Selected19818Jade Innovations
Finalist Alliance - 2nd Team Selected14691Mechanical Mafia
Nova Labs/Leidos&Family/Community
Think Award18264TheElectronovas
Bechtel/Octo Consulting/Shabas Solutions LLC/Intelice Solutions &Family/Community
Think Award 2nd Place23382Fifth Dimension
Think Award 3rd Place5233Vector
Leidos/Chapelgate Christian Academy/AFCEA Northern Virginia Chapter/Private Donation /Jensen Family&Chapelgate Christian Academy
Connect Award20194JackBots
Moorefield High School
Connect Award 2nd Place20123Cryptic
Connect Award 3rd Place13353Circuit Breakers
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX17080NewT.exe
stackArmor, Inc.&Family/Community
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 2nd Place19818Jade Innovations
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 3rd Place18996S.T.A.T.I.C.
Control Award13353Circuit Breakers
Control Award 2nd Place7Tactical Sheep
TechBrick Education/DoD STEM&TechBrick Education
Control Award 3rd Place19876N-1
Motivate Award14691Mechanical Mafia
Nova Labs/Leidos&Family/Community
Motivate Award 2nd Place19818Jade Innovations
Motivate Award 3rd Place20123Cryptic
Design Award15167Robo Troopers
Design Award 2nd Place11112RoboLords
Design Award 3rd Place19876N-1
Judges' Choice Award18996S.T.A.T.I.C.

Team 13353- Circuit Breakers
Team 5233- Vector
Team 18264- The Electronovas

Event Schedule
7:30 AMTeam Check-in, Pits Open
8:00 AM – 10:00 AMInspections, Judge Interviews, Practice
10:10 AMDriver’s Meeting
10:30 AMOpening Ceremony
10:45 AM – 12:30 PMQualification Matches
12:30 PM – 1:00 PMLunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:45 PMQualification Matches Continues
3:00 PMAlliance Selection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PMElimination and Final Rounds
5:15 PMClosing Ceremony
6:30 PMPits Close

 Last updated December 13, 2023

Pit Size

Each team will have a 2’x 6’ table and the space immediately in front of that table. There is not a guaranteed minimum pit size, as we must keep the aisles clear for the judges and transporting equipment and robots.

Match Schedule

To be announced on-site.

Health & Safety

Appropriate safety attire, including safety glasses, ling hair tied back and closed-toe shoes, are required while in the pits. 

Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the pit area. Teams are responsible for providing their team members AND guests with safety glasses. 

We encourage all visitors wear a masks in the pits and in the stands. Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of illness, especially shortness of breath, fever, cough, or congestion. 

Remember to also clean up after your teams and only go into areas that are permitted while at the venue.


Three teams will advance from this qualifier to the FIRST Chesapeake District FTC Championship. 


Order of Advancement

  1. Inspire Award Winner
  2. Winning Alliance Captain
  3. Inspire Award 2nd place 

***Awards will be based on Game Manual 1 Advancement rules.

Inclement Weather Policy for FIRST Chesapeake Events

Any changes to our event schedule will be determined by the policy of the event venue or hosting school district. Because of this, we recommend that all traveling teams make hotel reservations that are refundable.

In case of inclement weather the day of a FIRST Chesapeake event, click to call (804.404.3134) after 5am for updates.

For Volunteers

Empower the next generation of changemakers and innovators.

FIRST® volunteers are part of a global robotics community preparing young people for the future. Even if you only have a few hours to give, your contribution can make a difference. Working side by side with FIRST participants, volunteers play an important role in shaping young minds and inspiring students to achieve.

Volunteer roles range from safety attendants and field reset to judges, emcees, and referees. Volunteering at an event is a great way to share technical or professional knowledge, but you do not need special skills or expertise to volunteer.

For Attendees

All FIRST Chesapeake competitions, qualifiers, and championships are free and open to the public.

If you would like to, you can RSVP below. 

As we work as a community to prepare young people for a STEM future, FIRST aims to ensure its programs have a lasting, positive impact on all participants.

Join us in our mission to empower the young minds of DC, MD, and VA. Together, we can spark innovation, foster diversity, and make the impossible possible. Your support is not just a donation; it’s an investment in the future.

Together, let’s build a brighter, more innovative future.

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January 13
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $150.00
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Garrett College
687 Mosser Rd
McHenry, 21541 United States
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