Past Updates

2023-2024 Fundraising

2023-2024 Leadership

Over the course of the off season, we held elections to choose our new leadership for the season these were the results

To all of our seniors we would like to wish you the best of luck in college, your guidance, and supervision truly pushed this team to be the best that we could, and we know you'll strive to be the best in all that you do.

2022-2023 Leadership

In preparation for a new season Team 888 held elections these are the results

We would like to give a huge thank you to all of our seniors who graduated this year, and we wish you the best of luck in college.

2021-2022 Leadership

posted January 16, 2022, 5:00 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

During the off-season the Robotiators held an election for new leadership positions and said goodbye to their old ones. The election results are as follows:

That said, we want to give a big thank you to our 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 and leadership teams. Additionally, we want to wish all the seniors (marked with a *) the best of luck in college. We know they will do great things as FIRST and Team 888 alumni, and we can't wait to see them again as junior mentors.

French Fry Stand 8/06

posted July 25, 2019, 12:25 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

Come to the Howard County Fair and support robotics at the  stand

2019-20 Leadership

posted June 23, 2019, 12:25 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

Recently, Team 888 held elections for a new slate of officers and said good by to their old ones. The election results are as follows:

That said, we want to give a big thank you to our 2018-9 leadership team. Additionally, we want to wish all the seniors (marked with a *) the best of luck in college. We know they will do great things as FIRST and Team 888 alumni, and we can't wait to see them again as junior mentors.


posted Oct 15, 2018, 1:56 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

Show the flyer for the Ledo's Pizza night. Show the cashier at the Clarksville Ledo's!

| Attachments:  LEDOs GHS Robotics fundraiser (1).docx

2018-9 Leadership

posted Jun 23, 2018, 8:16 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

Recently, Team 888 held elections for a new slate of officers and said good by to their old ones. The election results are as follows:

That said, we want to give a big thank you to our 2017-8 leadership team. Additionally, we want to wish all the seniors (marked with a *) the best of luck in college. We know they will do great things as FIRST and Team 888 alumni, and we can't wait to see them again as junior mentors.

Ledo's Pizza on Tuesday 4/10/18

posted Apr 7, 2018, 6:49 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

Attacched is the Flyer you can present to the cashier at Ledo's for the Robotics fundraiser night. Don't foget that 20% of your order goes towards the team!

| Attachments:  LEDOs GHS Robotics fundraiser.pdf

posted Apr 3, 2018, 5:37 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated May 28, 2018, 12:32 PM ]

Team 888 won the Gracious Professionalism award at the FRC Chesapeake District Championship hosted at the University of Maryland.

posted Apr 2, 2018, 2:56 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated May 28, 2018, 12:33 PM ]

At Oxon Hill in Southern Maryland, 888 won the Gracious Professionalism Award. This award celebrates outstanding demonstration for FIRST

Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field. 

posted Mar 6, 2018, 1:08 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

At the week 1 competition at Battlefield High School in Haymarket VA, 888 won the Engineering Inspiration Award. This award, "Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect

and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community." We our very proud of the team for winning this prestigious award and we have full confidence that we will go far this season. 

posted Feb 22, 2018, 8:04 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Feb 22, 2018, 8:36 PM ]

The 2018 FRC Build Season is complete. The Robotiators have put in nearly two months of non-stop work and dedication to get their robot to work. Here is the robot all bagged up and waiting for the first session of unbag time:


posted Feb 17, 2018, 8:02 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Feb 17, 2018, 8:03 PM ]

That's right, it's time to order spritwear. We have lots of new items availible this year. Check out the 888 magnet, lanyard, or coffee mug at the link blow:

Make sure you get your orders in as soon as possible so we can get your spiritware to you as soon as possible. All orders will be shipped to Glenelg, and will be handed out to students there.

Only 10 Days Left of Build Season!!!

posted Feb 11, 2018, 8:33 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Jun 23, 2018, 8:17 PM ]

With only 10 more days to put finishing touches on the robot and getting it tested, we wanted to provide Robotiators and their families with a full team update.


Our schedule for the remaining days of the season is as follows:

Monday (2/12) 2-4 pm

Tuesday (2/13) 2-8 pm

Wednesday (2/14) 2-4:30 pm

Thursday (2/15) 2-4:30 pm

Friday (2/16) (No School) 9am-5pm. If mentors have Professional Development in the morning then 12:30-5pm

Saturday (2/17) 9am-5pm

Sunday (2/18) Small group at STEM Action Center 10-4 (only allowed 10 people per team as there are 20 teams already signed up)  No lunch will be needed for Sunday since we'll be offsite.

Monday (2/19) (No School) 9am-5pm

Tuesday (2/20) 2-8pm BAG UP!!!!

Total Shop Hours Remaining: 40-45 Hours

Immediately following Build Season we will still be meeting everyday after school to finish organization for the following Unbag time of 6 hrs on Saturday (2/24) 9-4 and potentially Sunday (2/25).

Unbag Schedule:

Before each of the two district events there is a 6 hour unbag period that the team is able to make any corrections or adjustments before the event

Saturday (2/24) 9am-4pm

9am-10am Prep for 2 Hr. Unbag

10am-12pm 2 Hr. Unbag

12pm-1pm Lunch and Prep for second 2 Hr. Unbag

1pm-3pm 2 Hr. Unbag

3pm-4pm Prep for bringing robot to STEM Action for Preinspection on Sunday 2/25 (Time frame still to be determined, but sometime around 10am-4pm)

Sunday (2/25) Approximately 10am-4pm


2 Hour Unbag while at STEM Action to test on the playing field once again

The second unbag for the second event will probably be on Saturday, March 9th at school.


All our upcoming events can be found on the Upcoming Events tab. They are as follows:

Battlefield High School

Saturday & Sunday, March 3rd-4th.  At Haymarket, VA---Battlefield High School--15000 Graduation Dr, Haymarket, VA 20169.

Bus transportation for Saturday and Sunday.  Pickup @ Glenelg @ 6:15 am pickup @ Battlefield High School @ 7:30-8pm, return to Glenelg around 9:30 pm on Saturday, Sundaywill be around 7:30-8 pm.

Oxon Hill High School

Saturday & Sunday, March 17th-18th.  At Oxon Hill, MD---Oxon Hill High School—6701 Leyte Dr, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Bus transportation for Saturday and Sunday.  Pickup @ Glenelg @ 6:45 am pickup @ Oxon Hill High School @ 7:30-8pm, return to Glenelg around 8:30-9 pm on Saturday, Sundaywill be around 7 to 7:30 pm.


University of Maryland

District Championship March 29th - March 31st College Park, MD--Xfinity Center at University of Maryland (UMD)

Bus transportation for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Pickup @ Glenelg @ 7:25 am on March 29th, Friday and Saturday pickup at 7:00 (There is no school on Friday).  Pickup @ Xfinity Center @ 7-8pm. Return to Glenelg around 7:45-8:30 pm on Thursday and Friday.  Saturday will be around 7 pm.

World Championship April 24th-29th Detroit, MI

Still finalizing travel plans for this event.



Please sign up for providing a meal for the team on either of the remaining build days. We no longer need food for Sunday 2/18 because we will be at STEM Action for scrimmage, but need for the Saturday 2/24 for Unbag.

The team will need lunch and dinner for the Saturday and Sunday events, the signup for those events will be forthcoming.

The Saturday and Sunday lunch will be premade sandwiches by a parent, I will get the supplies. If a single parent can make the sandwiches for the Saturday and Sunday it will be easier than trying to break supplies apart. The parent can then either bring to the event to distribute or we can possibly just bring with us in the morning to distribute during the day at lunch. Please let us know if interested in assisting.

The dinners on Saturday and Sunday will be ordered from a nearby place, pizza has worked best on Sunday because that time frame can vary based on each event. The Saturday dinner is still to be determined, again if anyone interested please let us know.


Other General Announcements:


All students need to complete their STIMS and parents need to complete the Consent and Release Form, we still have people that need this completed. You CAN NOT attend FIRST events without this complete. 


The team is always in need of new sponsors if your company would like to sponsors the team it would be greatly appreciated. Check out the How To Sponsor Us page for more information!

Hotel for Detroit:

The team is still working on this. Check back soon for updates.

Spiritwear & Merch!!!!:

Items for sale are being finalized, and the link should be on the website this week!!! Make sure to check out some of the new items you can get this year like the hat or lanyard!

Will YOU be at our competitions?

posted Jan 30, 2018, 6:27 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 6:28 PM ]

All students need to let us know if they will be attending out competitions for the 2018 season. Please fill out the survey below so we can get a head count of who is going and guarantee you a spot on the bus. Remember that for Worlds in Detroit if more people sign up to go than we have spots available on the bus (since we will only be getting one coach bus), the decision will be made by how many hours you put in during the season. That's just another reason why it's very important that you are coming to meeting and getting work done!

Here is the link to the survey:

Check out what we're working on...

posted Jan 23, 2018, 2:59 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

Curious as to what is happening at our robotics meeting? Miss a day and want to catch up? Check out the build team documentation. You can look at what each sub assembly team is working on by clicking on that file folder and checking out their work.



Open Build/Design

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Build Season is Underway!

posted Jan 23, 2018, 2:46 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 2:48 PM ]

The 2018 build season is in full swing. This years game is focused on timing and making sure your robot can control some switches and a scale by placing power cubes on them. For a quick overview, click on the competition video. All team members need to make sure you read the rules so you can fully understand the game.

2018 Competition Video

Full Game Manuel:

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10/26/17-New Robot Academy Schedule

posted Oct 26, 2017, 2:02 PM by Glenelg Robotiators

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

(Edit post) | Attachments:  Robotics Academy 2017 Schedule.docx

10/25/17 Ramp Riot Permission Slips

posted Oct 25, 2017, 6:06 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.

(Edit post) | Attachments:  Permission Slip.docx

What do you want to do in robotics?

posted Oct 19, 2017, 2:48 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Oct 24, 2017, 2:52 PM ]

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.

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posted Sep 28, 2017, 3:13 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 1:46 PM ]

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:  

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2017-09-26 - Handbook and Nominations

posted Sep 26, 2017, 4:15 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Sep 27, 2017, 11:02 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"

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2017 Fall Update

posted Sep 12, 2017, 2:48 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 6:35 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

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The 2017 FRC Game

posted Jan 14, 2015, 3:51 PM by Glenelg Robotiators   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 3:58 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


9 fuel in low goal


1 Rotor turned


All rotors turned




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

2017 Steamworks First Robotics Competition

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Article in Howard County Times - October 2nd

posted Oct 4, 2014, 12:07 PM 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.