Maryland FIRST Press Room

Why cover a US FIRST event? It is a unique opportunity to see hundreds of children, from K-12, accomplish some of the most challenging tasks they have faced. You'll see innovation, entrepreneurship, amazing technology, and hearty, gracious professionalism as they compete for the state and national championships. And, these are the technologists of the future supported by schools, businesses, and hundreds of scholarship opportunities from universities that recognize the value of the FIRST programs. Be sure to check out the national press room then contact us to get information about covering Maryland FIRST events.


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Eastern Shore Teams Take on Robot Battle in Regional Tournament, WMDT ABC Channel 47, 4/7/14

Baltimore holds FIRST Regional Robotics Competition for teens, WBAL-TV NBC Channel 11 News, 4/13/13

Contest Pits Robot Against Robot, WBAL-TV NBC Channel 11 News, 3/9/12

Students prepare for robotics competitions, WMAR-TV ABC2 News, 2/20/12

Woodlawn High School students participate in Robotics Competition, WMAR-TV ABC2 News, 6/20/11

FOX45 Hometown Hotspot: Robotics Competition 1, FOX45 TV, Baltimore, 3/18/11

Robotics Competition Preps Teams for Future, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, 3/18/11

TODAY show features Maryland FIRST LEGO League robots at JHU APL Qualifier, 1/10/11

TechBrick FIRST LEGO League Team prepares for FLL Championship, ABC 2 News, Baltimore, 1/7/11


Glenelg High robotics squad is on the move, Baltimore Sun, 4/16/14

UMD Hosts Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, University of Maryland, 4/9/14

Garrett County High School FIRST Robotics Team Wins BIG at Chesapeake Regional, Garrett County Schools, 4/7/14

High school students bring robot competition to Comcast, The Diamondback, 4/7/14

Leidos Sponsors 2014 FIRST Championship, Leidos Press Release, 4/7/14

They came in FIRST, Long Island Advance, 4/2/16

UMD to Host FIRST Robotics Regional Competition, PR Newswire, 3/27/14

From robotics to the jet dragster race track: FIRST alum Moriah Counts helps bridge the STEM gender gap, FIRST Newsletter, Jan. 2014

NSBE Mids Volunteer at FIRST LEGO League Regional Competitions, News from the STEM Office, 1/30/14

Mount View Middle team rocks at robotics competition, Lisa Peklo, Baltimore Sun, 1/29/14

Three county robotics teams advance to state tournament, Alisha George, Carroll County Times, 1/29/14

Hammond Middle's robotics team Cherry Pi scores a win, Donna Thewes, Baltimore Sun, 1/28/14

Robotics Tournament at US Naval Academy, News from the STEM Office, 1/15/14

Middle school students let go with Legos, Susan Downey, Maryland Gazette, 1/15/14

Private sector STEM initiatives make big impact, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Jan. 9, 2014

South River robotics team powers up Saturday with annual kickoff, Jenni Pompi, Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch, 1/3/14

Colchester robotics team competing in Baltimore, Ryan Blessing, Norwich Bulletin, 4/13/13

Robotics team advances to state event-Garrett County FIRST LEGO League earns top score at college challenge, Cumberland Times-News, 12/4/2012

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Qualifier on Dec. 1 in Belcamp, The Dagger, 11/27/12

Western "RoboDoves" soaring in robotics, Erica L. Green, Baltimore Sun, 3/8/12

High school robotics teams take on regional competition this weekend, Marissa Gallo,, 3/8/12

Eldersburg Robo-Lions to Compete in 10th Annual Chesapeake Regional, Valerie Bonk, Eldersburg Patch, 2/28/12

Newark element14 sponsors Maryland teens participating in Dean Kamen's 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition, Premier Farnell press release, 2/16/12

Washington Episcopal school earns first in LEGO contest, Peggy McEwan, Montgomery Gazette, 2/15/12

APL Hosts FIRST Robotics Competitions, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab featured story, 2/13/12

Local Students Gear Up for Robotics Competition, Matt Markowitz, Aberdeen Patch, 1/30/12

Students compete in FIRST LEGO League robotics contests, Wendi Winters, The Capital, 1/23/12

South River Hosts FIRST Lego League Competition, Nicki Mayo, Crofton Patch, 12/12/11

2011 FTC Maryland, FLL Southern Maryland Qualifiers, College of Southern Maryland press release, 12/6/11

Magnolia Students Rank in Top Half of Robotics Competition, Mehreen Rasheed, Greenbelt Patch, 12/5/11

Magnolia Students Embark on Lego Robotics Competition, Mehreen Rasheed, Greenbelt Patch, 12/2/11

Righttime Donates $5K to South River Powerhawks Robotics Team, Mitchelle Stephenson, Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch, 11/21/11

Drawing inspiration for the future, Team 449 community contributors, Montgomery County Gazette, 8/19/11

Woodlawn High's Robotics Team Headed to National Contest, Mary Gale Hare, Baltimore Sun, 4/23/11

FIRST Robotics the Sport of Science, Nick Berray, Scholastic News - Kids Press Corps, 4/12/11

How FIRST Works, Marshall Brain and Robert Lamb, How Stuff Works, April 2011

Robots in Congress?  Yes, we replicant, Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 4/4/11

An army of robots descends on Capitol Hill (well, kinda), Shawna Thomas and Carrie Dan, NBC News First Read, 4/4/11

Senator Shaheen Rolls Out Innovation Inspiration Legislation, Senator Shaheen press release, 4/4/11

South River PowerHawks Soar at Robotics Competition, Jerri Anne Hopkins, Annapolis Capital, 3/31/11

Recap: South River's Robotics Team in Baltimore, Mitchelle Stevenson, Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch, 3/26/11

Colchester Robotics Team Comes Out On Top, Ryan Blessing, Norwich Bulletin, 3/26/11

Students Gain First-Hand Engineering Exposure in Robotics Club, Amanda Card, Hatboro-Horsham Patch, 3/26/11

UberBots Ranked Third at Chesapeake Regional, Hartford Courant, 3/22/11

Clarksville Students Win Award for Star Wars-Inspired LEGO Hospital, Sara Toth, Columbia Flier, 3/21/11

South River High School's Robotics Team to Compete Against 60 Teams from Around the World, Allison O'Brien, Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch, 3/15/11

Incarnation Students Excel in Lego Robotics, Tim Lemke, Odenton Patch, 3/11/11

Admiral Oaks Boys & Girls Foster Robotic Interest, John Wilfong, Greater Annapolis Patch, 3/5/11

Pasadena's Young Scholars Shine at FIRST LEGO State Tournament, Angee Fielder, Pasadena Patch, 2/27/11

Around Annapolis: Robotics teams put their skills to the test, Diane M. Rey, The Capital, 2/25/11

York 4-H team readies Lego robots for contest, Amanda Dolasinski, The York Dispatch, 2/25/11

Flowers High students bring skills, teamwork to robotics competition, David Hill, Prince George's Gazette, 2/24/11

Kids Compete with Lego Robots, Margaret Webb Pressler, Washington Post Kids' Post feature article, 2/19/11

LEGO League Makes Learning Fun, Mary Mcguirt, SevernPatch, 2/18/11

Lego team tackles pain of braces; will compete in state tournament, Peggy McEwan, The Montgomery Gazette, 2/2/11

The Germantown Droids build with Lego blocks to learn, Danielle Gaines, The Montgomery Gazette, 1/26/11

National Robotics Competition Kickoff Comes to Laurel, Chesapeake Family Blog, 1/6/11

Capitol College to Host Maryland FIRST Robotics Competiton Kickoff Event on Saturday, Jan. 8, Capitol College article, 1/6/11


Highlights of 2010 Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition held March 2010, August 2010

Highlights of Maryland FLL Qualifier at JHU Applied Physics Lab, held January 2010, June 2010

Playlist of 2010 Chesapeake Regional videos, June 2010

See the new Maryland FIRST YouTube Channel, June 2010


  • The RoboDoves on The Signal
  • WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore, April 12, 2013
  • Making Robots "Alive" on Maryland Morning with Sheila Kast
    WYPR 88.1 FM Baltimore. April 13, 2009:
    In the FIRST competition, high school teams from around the country and the world build robots that are designed to complete particular tasks ("FIRST", in case you were wondering, stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The regional competitions happened over the last month, and this week 500 robots will compete at the final Championship--this year being held in Atlanta.

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Maryland FIRST Press Releases

2014 Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition Results, April 7, 2014

2013 Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition Results, April 13, 2013

2013 Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Results, February 28, 2013

High School Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievement at 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition, March 12, 2012

Teens from Maryland Showcase Design and Engineering Skills at FIRST Robotics Competition - "Rebound Rumble", March 8, 2012

2011-2012 Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Results, February 27, 2012

See FIRST Robotics in action at Battle O' Baltimore and on ABC-TV in " -- Science is Rock and Roll", August 8, 2011

High School Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievement at FIRST Robotics Competition, March 21, 2011

Teens from Maryland Showcase Design and Engineering Skill at FIRST Robotics Competition, March 17, 2011

FIRST Robotics Competition Returns to Baltimore Convention Center March 18-19 , February 18, 2011

Maryland 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Media Alert, January 6, 2011

Maryland FIRST Literature and Information

Get Involved - Jr.FLL

Get Involved - FLL

Get Involved - FTC

Get Involved - FRC

2012 Battle O' Baltimore Invitation - September 15, 2012

Maryland FIRST Robotics Competition Workshops on October 15, 2011

Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Workshops on October 15, 2011

Maryland FIRST Open House at Arundel Mills LEGO Store - Summer 2011 Dates

2011 Battle O' Baltimore Invitation

Maryland FIRST Open House at Arundel Mills LEGO Store on May 18, 2011

2011 Chesapeake Regional FIRST Robotics Competition Award Winners, March 2011

Maryland FIRST Photos

2011-12 Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Championship, 2/25/12

Maryland FIRST Picasa Photo Archive