Middle schools and high schools compete in VEX Robotics


Throughout Baltimore County, before school and after school, students are working with teachers and advisors to prepare for the next Baltimore County Public Schools VEX Robotics Challenge. This challenge, to be held on February 26, 2011, will be part of the BCPS Secondary STEM Fair being held at Chesapeake High School. Fifteen schools are expected to participate in the robotics competition, sending as many as 20 to 30 teams.

To prepare for VEX competitions, students work in teams to design, assemble, and program robots to perform specified tasks in a competitive environment.

The first BCPS VEX Robotics Challenge of the school year was held on December 4, 2010, at Woodlawn High School. Thirty-six student teams, representing 13 high schools and three middle schools participated in the competition. In total, more than 100 students participated with nearly 20 teachers serving as mentors. 

The nine volunteer judges for the competition represented BCPS, BGE, the Career and Technology Education Advisory Council, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Educational Outreach, and the Maryland State Department of Education. 

The event culminated in an awards ceremony with Brian Scriven, principal of Woodlawn High, and Douglas Handy, career and technology education supervisor, presiding.

The following awards were presented:

Tournament Champions
Tournament Champions
Tournament Champions
Tournament Finalists
Tournament Finalists
Tournament Finalists
Robot Skills
Programming Skills
All Star

Dulaney High 1727A
Dulaney High 1727A
Dulaney High 1727B
Sollers Point Technical High 954B
Perry Hall High 960A
Woodlawn High 768A
Woodlawn High 768C
Dulaney High 1727C
Dulaney High 1727B
Woodlawn High 768A
Catonsville High 933A
Carver Center for Arts & Technology 950B
Southwest Academy 5799B
Towson High 934C
Dulaney High 1727B
Western School of Technology 3922
Woodlawn High 768D
Dulaney High 1727A
Dulaney High 1727D
Owings Mills High 2866B
Towson High 934B
Hereford High 929Z

The event was sponsored by the BCPS Office of Career and Technology Education, Woodlawn High School, Dulaney High School’s robotics team (Rex 1727), and the Technology & Innovation in Manufacturing & Engineering Center.

Participating schools in the December 2010 VEX competition

Catonsville High                     
Chesapeake High                    
Dulaney High                       
George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology          
Hereford High                      
Hereford Middle                  
Kenwood High                                  
Loch Raven High                 
Owings Mills High
Perry Hall High
Ridgely Middle
Sollers Point Technical
Southwest Academy
Towson High     
Western School of Technology    
Woodlawn High

Story by Douglas H. Handy, Supervisor, Technology Education, Engineering & Manufacturing, Office of Career & Technology Education. Photos courtesy of the Office of Career & Technology Education
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