Team Updates

10/26/17-New Robot Academy Schedule

posted Oct 26, 2017, 11:02 AM by Glenelg Robotiators

The new robot academy schedule is attached with the correct dates.

10/25/17 Ramp Riot Permission Slips

posted Oct 25, 2017, 3:06 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

The permission slip for Ramp Riot is the file attached. They are due back to Mr. Formica and Mr. Gerstner by Friday 10/27/17, along with the $10 bus fee.

What do you want to do in robotics?

posted Oct 19, 2017, 11:48 AM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 11:52 AM ]

Please fill out this form about what you'd like to do in robotics this year:

If you aren't sure about what you want to do, you can wait and we will provide you with more information at an upcoming meeting.


posted Sep 28, 2017, 12:13 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 10:46 AM ]

Today we did the elections for leadership positions. The google form will close at 9pm tonight.
Here is the link for the google form:

Here is the link to sign up for Ramp Riot 11/4:  

2017-09-26 - Handbook and Nominations

posted Sep 26, 2017, 1:15 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 8:02 AM ]

Hello everyone, today we reviewed the competition from the past weekend and introduced the Robotiators Handbook. This is a collection of the standards for the robotics team. Everyone on the team needs to read through this for a mandatory meeting on Thursday starting at 2:15. This meeting will have a quick discussion and then elections for the positions described in the handbook. These elections involve nominations through a Slack channel that will be created in a few seconds. As stated in the handbook, people are nominated by themselves or other people, and they need to come on Thursday ready to give a 30 second or so speech dictating why they are interested/should be picked. You do not have to run for a position if you are nominated by someone else, but either way anyone who decides to run needs to go to the link below and take the google poll where they submit some information and a 200 word essay (can be similar to their speech). It is extremely important that everyone looks through the handbook and is prepared to vote/run for positions on Thursday. Thanks!

The Robotiators Handbook is located in the Resources Tab. 
Here is the link for signing up for a position:
Nominations happen in the slack channel "positionnominations"

2017 Fall Update

posted Sep 12, 2017, 11:48 AM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 3:35 PM ]

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

1) 09/23 - Battle of Baltimore:

Tentative Agenda

 Depart Glenelg 7:00 AM
 Arrive at McDonogh School   7:30 AM
 Depart Competition     6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
 Arrive back to Glenelg 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

2) Concession Stand at Glenelg during the Boy's Soccer Game 3:45-7:30: Please let Mr. Ballentine know if you can help, still need parent help, updated 9/19.

3) 10/14 & 10/15 - Apple Fritter Stand:

4) 10/28 - MRA (formerly BAA) Education Day:

5) 11/4 - Ramp Riot:

     Permission Slip for Ramp Riot Forthcoming

Tentative Agenda
 Depart Glenelg 5:30 AM
 Arrive at Wissahickon High, Ambler, PA    7:45 AM - 8:00 AM
 Depart Competition     5:00 PM
 Arrive back to Glenelg 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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.

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