The Battle O’ Baltimore is an off-season FIRST FRC competition sponsored by The Maryland Robotics Alliance (formerly known as the Baltimore Area Alliance), an alliance of teams across the state of Maryland. These teams have united to strengthen and support FIRST FRC mentors in the area.
Pit Area. Each team will be assigned a standard 10′ x 10′ area. Each area will have a table, chair(s) and power. Teams are encouraged to bring power strips, additional power extensions, etc. and should label all equipment with their team number. No food or beverage will be permitted in the Pits.
Food and Snacks
Concessions (cash only) will be available at Battle O’ Baltimore. Download the concessions menu
Please note: Alliance selection will follow the rules of a regular FIRST FRC competition; the top 8 Alliance Captains MAY choose to partner with each other.
This year, Battle O’ Baltimore teams will be eligible for the following awards:
Fort McHenry Champion Award – Sponsored by
Fort McHenry’s refusal to give up in 1814 despite repeated British attacks exemplifies the perseverance of a winning team. Each of the Battle O’ Baltimore champions alliance teams will receive this award.
Ramparts Finalist Award
The Ramparts are the wall where the stalwart citizen-soldiers defended Baltimore from attack. Each of the Battle O’ Baltimore finalist alliance teams will receive this award.
Armistead Engineering Innovation Award – sponsored by the 21st Century Group
Walker Armistead was the Chief Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; his brother George commanded Ft. McHenry during the battle. This award goes to the team that uses engineering innovation in a very specific manner in the design of their robot
Commodore Rodgers Mentor Award
John Rodgers commanded the USS President, which fired the first shot of the War of 1812. This award goes to the Mentor of the Battle as judged by a distinguished panel of mentors and former mentors.
A nomination form will be provided to each team at the driver’s meeting and must be completed and returned by noon on event day.
Battle of North Point Volunteer Award
The courageous militiamen of Baltimore withstood repeated attacks by the British army until the British gave up at North Point just east of Baltimore. This award goes to a Maryland Robotics Alliance volunteer selected by the other volunteers for selfless service to the Alliance and the Battle O’ Baltimore
Star Spangled Banner Award
Our nation’s anthem celebrates the cooperative effort of citizen-soldiers to defend Baltimore. This award goes to the team that has demonstrated the FIRST ideals of gracious professionalism and co-opertition or has embraced and demonstrated Safety FIRST as a core team value. Teams will nominate each other at the event to determine the winner of this award.
Past Years’ Awards
2012 Award Results
2010 Award Results