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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

The Park School of Baltimore


Concession stands will be located in the Athletic Center entryway and the cafeteria selling:

• A variety of bottled drinks (i.e., water, soda, Gatorade)

• Bags of chips and similar snacks

• Candy bars

No food or drink allowed in the gym.


Meal Order Form

Cheese pizzas – $14
Pepperoni pizzas – $16
Food must be ordered by Friday, Dec. 1st.

Outside food is allowed. All food and drink to be consumed outside of the gym area.


Participants and volunteers can park in the back parking lot (turn right at the fork, then go all the way to the back beside the Athletic center.)

Teams can park and load in/load out in the Athletic Center parking lot. This lot is located at the back of the school after taking a right at the fork in the road.



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: Stage Left

Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP
7988 7,988 alcoa & gilman school Brogrammers BALTIMORE MD USA 2,013
8535 8,535 Nova Labs Robotics/Axiologic Solutions LLC&Family/Community Shark Bytes Fairfax VA USA 2,014
8582 8,582 Bryn Mawr School for Girls Heavy Metal Baltimore MD USA 2,014
9338 9,338 Boeing/DoD STEM&Key School Lightning Coalition Robotics Annapolis MD USA 2,014
10216 10,216 Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Society of Women Engineers & Family/Community SpiderByte Laurel MD USA 2,015
11695 11,695 gilman school Roboto Baltimore MD USA 2,016
13100 13,100 Family/Community 47 Beavers Germantown MD USA 2,017
13463 13,463 MSDE-Robotics Program (Maryland State Department of Education)&Wilde Lake High School Wildecats Columbia MD USA 2,017
14253 14,253 Parkland Middle School Magic School Bots Rockville MD USA 2,017
15008 15,008 Park School of Baltimore The Eclipse Pikesville MD USA 2,018
16922 16,922 Family/Community The Queen Bees Baltimore MD USA 2,019
17219 17,219 Family/Community SpiderBits Laurel MD USA 2,019
17394 17,394 Howard High School Howard Robotics Ellicott City MD USA 2,019
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
19434 19,434 Hughes Network Systems/GoBilda/Rockville Robotics Inc&Family/Community Redstone.exe Germantown MD USA 2,021
20124 20,124 Family/Community Epsilon Ellicott City MD USA 2,021
20127 20,127 MSDE/Express Signs & Graphics/Little Red Barn&Brunswick High School Apollo's Architects Brunswick MD USA 2,021
20257 20,257 Parkland Middle School The Team That Shall Not Be Named Rockville MD USA 2,021
21774 21,774 RedHat/Rockville Robotics Inc./Viavi&Family/Community Supernova.exe Potomac MD USA 2,022
22006 22,006 Gilman School RoboBlueDoges Baltimore MD USA 2,022
22200 22,200 Family/Community Power Potatoes Fairfax VA USA 2,022
Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP

Competing Teams: Stage Right

Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP
4234 4,234 TechBrick Education/DoD STEM & Family/Community Engineered Chaos Aberdeen Proving Ground MD USA 2,010
5709 5,709 Reservoir High School Gators Fulton MD USA 2,011
6390 6,390 Gerstell Academy Falcons Finksburg MD USA 2,012
8194 8,194 VIA-SAT&Reservoir High School Digi-Gators Fulton MD USA 2,013
9450 9,450 Family/Community Garlic Gang Clarksburg MD USA 2,014
9770 9,770 Bryn Mawr School Techtonic Baltimore MD USA 2,015
11525 11,525 MSDE/Express Signs & Graphics/Little Red Barn & Brunswick High School Minerva's Mechanics Brunswick MD USA 2,016
13381 13,381 Bryn Mawr School Accept All Cookies Baltimore MD USA 2,017
16943 16,943 Gilman Middle School Hounds on 1080p Baltimore MD USA 2,019
17477 17,477 Francis Scott Key High School Kettle 2 the Mettle Union Bridge MD USA 2,019
20337 20,337 Family/Community Say Watt? Reston VA USA 2,021
21814 21,814 Family/Community Robots on Roids Gaithersburg MD USA 2,022
22685 22,685 Family/Community chosenconquerors Ashburn VA USA 2,022
22742 22,742 Howard County Library System HCLS ROBOTICS CLUB Ellicott City MD USA 2,022
23376 23,376 Family/Community >>Import donut(); Frederick MD USA 2,023
23456 23,456 Maryland Space Business Roundtable&Family/Community 101 Robomatians Ellicott City MD USA 2,023
23541 23,541 Broad Run High School Cyber Sages Ashburn VA USA 2,023
23741 23,741 Family/Community Team Metal Pipe Towson MD USA 2,023
23848 23,848 Family/Community Robotics Warriors Laurel MD USA 2,023
24177 24,177 Park School of Baltimore Park Robotics Collective Pikesville MD USA 2,023
24521 24,521 Family/Community Robo Wizards Herndon VA 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
This year the 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 Award19434
Inspire Award 2nd Place21774
Inspire Award 3rd Place17219
Winning Alliance – Captain19434
Winning Alliance – 1st Team Selected21774
Winning Alliance – 2nd Team Selected17219
Finalist Alliance – Captain18381
Finalist Alliance – 1st Team Selected11695
Finalist Alliance – 2nd Team Selected7988
Think Award21774
Think Award 2nd Place17219
Think Award 3rd Place10216
Connect Award13100
Connect Award 2nd Place8535
Connect Award 3rd Place18381
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX18381
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 2nd Place11695
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 3rd Place9338
Control Award10216
Motivate Award17219
Motivate Award 2nd Place10216
Motivate Award 3rd Place8535
Design Award11695
Judges’ Choice Award16922



Award Name
Team Number
Inspire Award23741
Inspire Award 2nd Place4234
Inspire Award 3rd Place11525
Winning Alliance – Captain23376
Winning Alliance – 1st Team Selected20337
Winning Alliance – 2nd Team Selected8194
Finalist Alliance – Captain23741
Finalist Alliance – 1st Team Selected4234
Finalist Alliance – 2nd Team Selected23456
Think Award11525
Think Award 2nd Place24521
Think Award 3rd Place8194
Connect Award4234
Connect Award 2nd Place17477
Connect Award 3rd Place23456
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX21814
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 2nd Place23741
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 3rd Place8194
Control Award23376
Motivate Award20337
Motivate Award 2nd Place23376
Motivate Award 3rd Place13381
Design Award9770
Design Award 2nd Place23741
Design Award 3rd Place4234
Judges’ Choice Award24521


19434 Redstone.exe

21774 Supernova.exe

23741 Team Metal Pipe

23376 >>Import(donut);



Event Schedule
7:00 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 November 16, 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 and closed-toe shoes, are required while in the pits. 

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. 


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


Order of Advancement

Stage Left Division
1. Inspire Award Winner
2. Winning Alliance Captain

Stage Right Division
1. Inspire Award Winner
2. Winning Alliance Captain

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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