Team Updates

2017 Fall Update

posted Sep 12, 2017, 11:48 AM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 12:03 PM ]

We have several upcoming events and need participants to sign up.

09/23 - Battle of Baltimore:

Concession Stand: 

10/14 & 10/15 - Apple Fritter Stand:

10/28 - MRA (formerly BAA) Education Day:

11/4 - Ramp Riot

The 2017 FRC Game

posted Jan 14, 2015, 12:51 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 12:58 PM by Robotics Mentor ]

The first game for the 2017 season is called STEAMWORKS! 

    Steamworks is a steam-powered theme gameplay where two alliances with three robots on each alliance battle to start their airship!
Alliances score points by shooting fuel into their corresponding boilers and by attaching 12 gears to their airship. Once enough fuel has 
been put into the boiler, and once 12 gears has been placed onto the airship, the airship's rotors will spin up and prepare for blast off!

    Before the match begins, each robot starts with 10 fuels and 1 gear. Each match begins with a 15-second
 Autonomous Period in which robots operate independently of their drivers. During this period, alliances attempt 
to earn points by using their robots to fill their boilers with the fuel and/or attach gears to their airship. During 
the remaining two minutes and 15 seconds of the match, called the Teleop Period, robots are controlled remotely 
by student drivers located behind the walls at the ends of the field. Teams on an Alliance work together to place 
all 12 gears on their airship and fill their boilers with enough fuel to start the airship's rotors. When 1 rotor on the 
airship starts, 40 points is award to that alliance. When all 4 rotors are started, an additional 100 points is awarded
to that alliance. Defense is an overlooked strategy that can be very useful to prevent the other team from placing 
gears on their airship or from getting fuel into their boilers. During the last 30 seconds of the match, robots can 
climb a rope that is dropped down from their airship before the end of the match which can earn an alliance 50 points. 
The point system works like this...

                                 Point System
3 fuel in high goal 1
9 fuel in low goal 1
1 Rotor turned 40
All rotors turned 100
Climbing 50

To understand the game better watch this short video...

2017 Steamworks First Robotics Competition

Article in Howard County Times - October 2nd

posted Oct 4, 2014, 9:07 AM by Glenelg Robotiators

The local columnist included our Baltimore O' Baltimore accomplishments in her news on October 2nd.
Here is the link to the full column:,0,5179366.story

Glenelg High's robotics team shows a lot of class

On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Glenelg High School Robotiators, Team 888 Robotics team, competed in and earned two awards at the 8th annual Battle O' Baltimore FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.

Team 888 performed well among the 32 teams from schools as far away as New York and Virginia. The Robotiators' solid play during the qualifying rounds earned them one of the eight coveted alliance captain positions. Despite suffering the failures of a pressure regulator and main processor board during elimination play, the team was able to repair the competition robot, which they call "The Dean". Unfortunately, Team 888's great run ended against the top-seeded alliance at the Battle O' Baltimore.

Despite the robot's problems, the human part of the team took home two awards. The first award was the Star Spangled Banner Award for Gracious Professionalism.

Team 888's win was not a fluke. Mentors Dean Sheridan and Raymond Gerstner encourage the Robotiators to assist other teams by supplying missing parts, and providing programming and electronics help to teach and improve other robotics teams.

During events such as the Battle O' Baltimore, Team 888 members are often seen helping other teams with their robots. This is the second Gracious Professionalism award the team has received this calendar year, having earned the award at the Greater DC Regional event in the spring.

The Battle O' Baltimore's mentor award, named after Commodore John Rodgers, the commander of the ship that fired the first shot in the War of 1812, was awarded to Glenelg's lead mentor Sheridan. The award goes to the outstanding Mentor of the Battle as judged by a panel of previous winners.

The students on the Robotiator team nominated Sheridan for the award and submitted an essay about how inspiring and exceptional he is as a leader. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their mentors.

Robotics Academy is coming!

posted Sep 25, 2014, 10:36 AM by Glenelg Robotiators

Team 888 will begin organizing for the 2015 season on Thursday, October 2nd. All students interested in participating in the upcoming season are welcome to attend. We plan to hold Robotics Academy events each Tuesday and Thursday through the third week of November.  Come to the shop after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to attend.  If you have a conflict, but are interested in participating, please see Mr. Sheridan, Mr. Gertsner or Mrs. Hammond for information.

Battle O' Baltimore 2014

posted Sep 25, 2014, 10:28 AM by Glenelg Robotiators

On Saturday, September 20th 2014, Team 888 competed and earned two awards at the Eighth Annual Battle O’ Baltimore FIRST Robotics Competition (

Team 888 performed very well among the 32 competing teams traveling from schools as far away as New York and Virginia.  The Robotiators solid play during the qualifying rounds earned them one of the eight coveted alliance captain positions.  Despite suffering failures of a pressure regulator and main processor board during elimination play, the team was able to quickly repair the “The Dean”.  Unfortunately, Team 888’s great run ended against the top-seeded alliance at the Battle O’ Baltimore.

Despite the robot’s loss, Team 888’s humans took home two awards.  Team 888 earned the Star Spangled Banner Award for Gracious Professionalism®.  And the  sole mentor award, the Commodore Rodgers Mentor Award, was awarded to the GHS Robotiators' very own lead mentor Mr. Dean Sheridan.  Congratulations to all members of the team!

Pictured from Team 888 with the Gracious Professionalism Award are Sharon Puthumana, Megan Finnan, Connor Hall, Dean Sheridan, Mark Carman, Ray Gerstner, Evan Paregol

Pictured are 2014 mentor award winner Dean Sheridan, with past Woodie Flowers mentor award winners Marco Ciavolino and Joseph Shapiro.

2014 Season Begins

posted Jan 4, 2014, 11:56 AM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Jan 4, 2014, 12:57 PM ]

The new event is Aerial Assist. 

Kickoff Videos are here

The Game Manual is here

We will be meeting daily starting Monday, January 6th, and this includes Saturdays and may include Sundays later in the season!

Results from the 2013 Robotics Season

posted Jan 4, 2014, 11:04 AM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Jan 4, 2014, 12:07 PM ]

The past season we won two Innovation in Control Awards at competition.  We won them for our use of PID control systems and our Navigation system that we developed over the year.

In the offseason, we presented at the Baltimore Grand Prix, which was encompassed in this article:

Robotics Season Begins

posted Jan 9, 2013, 4:05 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Jan 9, 2013, 4:06 PM ]

On Saturday, we learned that our new robot would be playing the new game, Ultimate Ascent.  This game involves shooting Frisbees and climbing a pyramid, all in 135 seconds!

This week, we are working with River Hill High School and McDonough High School to come up with ideas for our robots.  We have worked with River Hill for many years, and McDonough has just created a new team, and we are helping them learn how to approach the competitions and set their feet for making a new robot. 

Results from the Battle of Baltimore Competition (We Won!)

posted Sep 18, 2012, 11:33 AM by Glenelg Robotiators

This Saturday, September 16th we had the Battle O' Baltimore competition at New Town High School.  We showed up at 7:45 for our matches that began at 9:00.

We started the day by fixing the robot from its damaging fall in practice rounds on Friday. 
We then tried out different combinations of drivers and shooters for the first 4 rounds until we found a good combination that we liked.
We finished 6th overall in the preliminary matches and we joined forces with River Hill and Liberty High School to form an alliance for the playoffs.
In the playoffs, we developed a strategy of going after the new red ball element in the game that was worth 20 points, and we won the Tournament!

Liberty High School is on the right, Glenelg is in the Middle, and River Hill is on the left.

Beginning of 2012-2013 School Year

posted Aug 27, 2012, 12:09 PM by Glenelg Robotiators


Welcome to the new school year!!

Wanted to get out a couple of notes as we start the year.

First,  we have been asked to attend a robotics demo at APL this Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00.
We only need 3-5 kids(especially code and drive guys),  plus a couple that would  like to share and demo.
We'll pack at 5:00 and then head over,  They'll either need rides or drive themselves.

Second, we will be attending the Battle o'Baltimore on Sept. 15. we plan to hold some a couple of organizational meetings prior.
Field set-up will begin right after school on the 14th, we'll want as much help as possible to unload the truck and build the field.
As a NASA house teams it's one of the "perks" we get in return for a lot of other support.
Site is New Town High School ( 4931 New Town Boulevard, Owings Mills, MD 21117)
Announcements will go out to the kids soon.

Third,  We will again be working the apple fritter stand at Lariland farms on October 6,  from 9-5.
We will need two shifts with @ 6 students and 4 adults per shift.  Please let me know if you can help so we can start on a schedule.

Finally,  we plan to go to the Brunswick Eruption Competition on November 3, in New Brunswick, NJ.
North Brunswick Township High School 
98 Raider Rd. 
North Brunswick, NJ 08902 

This will take some planning for those interested in terms of transportation,etc. but this is a great event.
The host team won the National Championship this past year so good competition.
In addition we will be working with both robots as the McDonough School will be going as a pre-rookie team.
I've had a couple of meetings with them and seems like a good partnership will ensue.


Dean Sheridan

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