FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2199
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The "Robo-Lions" FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2199 is Carroll County's only such team. The FIRST Robotics Competition is the Major Leagues of K-12 Robotics, the most elite level of competition available. The team is given 6 weeks to build a 120 pound robot from scratch, given a basic kit of parts, to play a new game which is announced each January. Robots compete in alliances of 3 versus 3 to outscore their opposing alliances in Regional Competitions held in major cities and colleges throughout the country. Winners in key categories go on to compete in the World Championships held at the end of April each year.
Robots are composed of industrial quality parts and programmed with industry standard computer languages and software. Adult technical and non-technical mentors guide this student lead team as they strive to beat the deadline and have their robot ready for their 1st competition. Membership is open to all High School aged students in Carroll County, Maryland and surrounding areas.
The team functions like a business and needs to raise ten's of thousands of dollars each year from local and national partners which provide engineering in addition to financial support. Consequently; in addition to students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathetmatics; students with an interest in business, writing, and creative arts are critical members of the team. It does take a team to build a robot - no individual or small group of individuals can accomplish this by themselves - in the meanwhile learning valuable life and career skills. The Robo-Lions are truly a team where "Every student can go on to star in college and the pros"!
The Robo-Lions have deep roots in the local community and partner with many Carroll County Engineering firms and other businesses, as well as the Carroll Technology Council, Carroll County Parks and Recreation via the Freedom Area Recreation Council, and Carroll County Public Schools. Team 2199 is also one of the top 5 overall teams in Maryland and has earned a bid to the World Championships in 2011 and 2013. They have won a Regional Award per year since 2009 - seven awards in six years in six different cities. They are "The Pride of Carroll County".
The 2014 Game is called "Aerial Assist". Teams of 3 Robots on a Side compete to score as many points as possible by picking up a medicine ball and throwing over a mid-field truss 6' 2" high (10 points) or into far goals 8' high with wide openings 3' tall (10 points) or a floor goal (1 point). Teams also get points for possession of the medicine ball by different robots in different zones. The team recieves 10 points for two possessions and 30 points for three possessions.
The Robo-Lions 2014 Robot the "Bobby E. Junior" at the Chesapeake Regional
By team tradition the robot is named for the outstanding freshman on the build team. The "Bobby E. Junior" can shoot a 24" medicine ball over a 6' 1" truss or into a 8' tall goal. It pulls the medicine ball onto the robot using counter-rotating 4" wheels ("Ball Magnet"). By reversing the rotation it can pass the ball to teammates or score in the low goal.