What is the Battle O’ Baltimore?
A competition of the mind
36 high school robotics teams will come together to play FIRST STEAMworks. Our goal is to provide an event where new teams, new drivers, and new members to the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) community are welcome and can engage in friendly competition.
We are proud to continue our development of this event as one of the premiere off-season competitions on the East Coast.
The 2017 FRC Game
The 2017 FRC Game
In FIRST STEAMWORKS, FIRST® STEAMWORKSSM, the 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition game, invites two adventurers’ clubs, in an era where steam power reigns, to prepare their airships for a long distance race.
Each three-team alliance prepares in three ways:
1. Build steam pressure. Robots collect fuel (balls) and score it in their boiler via high and low efficiency goals. Boilers turn fuel into steam pressure which is stored in the steam tank on their airship – but it takes more fuel in the low efficiency goal to build steam than the high efficiency goal.
2. Start rotors. Robots deliver gears to pilots on their airship for installation. Once the gear train is complete, they turn the crank to start the rotor.
3. Prepare for flight. Robots must latch on to their airship before launch (the end of the match) by ascending their ropes to signal that they’re ready for takeoff.
The Battle O’ Baltimore is excited to be a part of Baltimore Innovation Week, a week long celebration of technology and innovation. Tickets are available for a 30 minute guided tour of the Battle O’ Baltimore event.
First is an international organization that challenges students of all ages with robotics competitions to build problem solving skills and team relations. Mentors and sponsors help teams every step of the way.
The Battle O’ Baltimore is hosted by the FIRST Maryland Robotics Alliance (MRA), an organization which exists to promote the growth and sustainability of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams in the state of Maryland by focusing on the recruitment, training, and support of team mentors.