2012 Chesapeake Regional Results
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Chesapeake Regional "Rebound Rumble" FIRST Robotics Competition Results
The 10th anniversary Chesapeake Regional was held March 8-10, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center. We welcomed 63 teams from 11 states and the District of Columbia, including 34 from Maryland. More than 2,000 high school students, mentors, fans, educators and industry leaders packed the Baltimore Convention Center to witness robotics teams competing for spots at Championships held in St. Louis.
High school students worked with technical mentors over a six week period to design, build and program robots to play this season’s game, REBOUND RUMBLE™, a 3-on-3 basketball game. Each two-minute game climaxed with the robots attempting to balance on bridges at mid-court. The action in the elimination rounds on Saturday grew particularly intense as teams worked together in three-team alliances.
Seven teams advanced to the FIRST Championships, three of them from Maryland. The most prestigious honor at the competition, the Chairman’s Award, which recognizes the team that embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST and best represents a model for other teams to emulate, went for the second straight year to Team 836, the RoboBees from Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center High School in Leonardtown, Maryland.
The Regional Winners were an alliance of four teams led by Team 2377 C-Company from Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, Maryland. The winning alliance also included Team 181 from Hartford, Connecticut, Team 3419 from New York City, and Team 192 from Palo Alto, California. Other teams earning spots at the FIRST Championship included Team 27 from Clarkston, Michigan and rookie Team 3941 from Havre de Grace, Maryland.
FIRST co-founder Dr. Woodie Flowers of MIT and the Chairman of the FIRST Board of Directors, Walt Havenstein were featured guests at this 10th anniversary of the Chesapeake Regional. Baltimore’s Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and family members were among the spectators on Saturday.
Nearly 200 volunteers and judges from some of the most highly regarded organizations in the area, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and SAIC helped make this year’s Chesapeake Regional possible. Sponsors provide resources including time and talent from technical mentors, services, equipment, financial contributions, and volunteers.
Team Drivers Meeting on Thursday
Thursday's focus is getting the robots ready, inspected and getting in some practice time
Our Chesapeake Chorus of team members sings the National Anthem
The crowd gets ready...
...and the robots begin to rumble...
...and sometimes tumble.
Our Emcee and hometown FIRST alum, Greg Needel, keeps the action moving
They shoot! They score!!!
Chairman of the Board of FIRST, Walt Havenstein, addresses the crowd
MIT professor and FIRST co-founder, Dr. Woodie Flowers, was a special guest
The Woodie Flowers Award Winner, Marco Ciavolino from Team 3941
Our Volunteer of the Year, Jenny Beatty
The action on the field intensified on Saturday
We held FIRST LEGO League demos and a Jr.FLL Expo
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is greeted by Maryland FIRST Regional Director, Bill Duncan
Alliance selections...getting ready for the elimination rounds
More than 2,000 spectators filled the Baltimore Convention Center
Congratulations to all the Champions and participants at the 10th Anniversary Chesapeake Regional!
See photos of Award Winners here.