Northwest Maryland Clean Sweep Competition- Oct 31

The details have been finalized and registration is open for the Northwest Maryland VEX Robotics Clean Sweep Competition on Oct 31 in Westminster, Maryland. Westminster is an easy 40 minute drive northwest of Baltimore and about an hour drive north of Washington DC. It is also within easy driving distance for teams from south-eastern and south-central Pennsylvania.

We have a 24 team limit, and will include the Robot and Programming Skills Challenges. Go to Robot Events to see more details and to register your teams. This event is one of the first opportunities to qualify for the VEX World Championship.

Another glowing success! - Thanks for putting on a fine event for all the teams and guests - Blake

PICTURES!!! or video.


Any news on winners?


Winners and maybe some pictures will be posted later today- as soon as catch up on a couple other items. One would think that I, as the lead event organizer, would know who won… but I will tell you that I was so busy with various items that I have no idea.

The Northwest Maryland VEX Robotics Competition, held on Oct 31at the Carroll County Ag Center in Westminster, MD, was attended by 27 teams. Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable day. Congratulations to all who competed. To compete in event this early in the season is an accomplishment!

The elimination rounds were quite exciting. As it turned out the robots of both the #1 and #2 Alliance Captains experienced catastrophic failures during the semi-finals. Who knows if the outcome would have been any different if these failures had not occurred? The outcome is never a sure thing, no matter how strong a team or alliance may appear.

So, without further delay, here are the results:

Tournament Champions: (Alliance #3)
Teams 960A- Event Horizon, Perry Hall HS, Baltimore, MD
Team 42A- Mostly Harmless, Virginia 4-H, Haymarket, VA
Team 12A- ACME Robotics, Potomac School, McLean, VA
Tournament Finalists: (Alliance #4)
Team 341B- Iron Eagles, Annapolis Christian School, Severn, MD
Team 1226- MARS Robotics, McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD
Team 1748A- Dunbar/ Patterson HS Lab Rats, Paul Laurence Dunbar HS, Baltimore, MD
Excellence Award: Team 341B- Iron Eagles B, Annapolis Christian School, Severn, MD
Robot Skills Champion: Team 12B- ACME Robotics, The Potomac School, McLean, VA
Programming Skills Champion: Team 12F- ACME Robotics, The Potomac School, McLean, VA
Amaze Award: Team 177- Twisted Botz, Twist Robotics, Gloucester, VA
Create Award: Team 24B- Super Sonic SPARKS B, Carroll County 4-H Program, Westminster, MD
Energy Award: Team 24A- Super Sonic Sparks A, Carroll County 4-H Program, Westminster, MD

Various reports from Tournament Manager are also attached. Once I sort through pictures that were taken, I may post any that may be of interest to readers.
Finally, this event was used as a small scale test-run for the two-day Mid-Atlantic VEX Championship, to be held February 26 and 27 in the same facility. Yesterday we barely used 20% of the floor space. In February we hope to fill Shipley Arena with up to 150 teams for two days of competition.
Congratulations to Teams 960A, 42A, 12A, 341B, 12B and 12F. They have earned a spot in the VEX Robotics World Championship, April 22 thru 24, 2010 in Dallas!
Awards.pdf (7.01 KB)
Elimination Ladder.pdf (14.7 KB)
Elims Match Results.pdf (8.54 KB)
Rankings.pdf (7.77 KB)
Qual Match Results.pdf (19.8 KB)

Also, here are the skills challenge scores and the team list:
Robot Skills Results.pdf (6.25 KB)
Team List.pdf (9.54 KB)
Prog SKills Results.pdf (6.2 KB)

Thanks for posting these results. I’m impressed with the Skills Challenge results for this early in the season.

I’m starting to make my Sekrit List of “teams to watch at Worlds.” :slight_smile:

I have a request, could you post a link to your entire album or something? It’ll be interesting to see how you set up this particular event, and your expansive floor space. :smiley:

:D:D:D and a hearty LOL

It’s funny (in a good way) that you assume Dave will store all of the pictures in some sort of online album that you will be able to reach.

Let’s see if he does, or if he is still stuck in the 20th century with me :wink:


If either of you would like to put the glass plates on a mule train to the Ohio, then transfer them to a riverboat, and send them to me, I will see what I can do to digitize them and put them on the “Inter-Web.” You’ll probably have to wait for the ice to break up on the Missouri River first, but I can wait. OK?

On the other hand, it might be faster to just to put them on a windjammer coming around the Horn…

I have not bought a roll of film since approximately 2002. Any photos I have are definitely digital. Unfortuantely I didn’t get a chance to download the camera yesterday to see what pictures were taken. My wife was operating the camera, so I have no idea what is on it.

As far as expansive spave- it is 60,000 square foot facilty. It should make an excellent venue for the Mid-Atlantic VEX Championship (Feb 26 and 27). So start signing up, teams!

It was a fantastic and well run event. I was amazed how well all the teams did this early in the season. Thanks for posting all the scores, rankings, awards, etc.

Some photos from the event are located at:

Click on the words “Photo Album”

Many thanks to Dave, Blake and all the others who worked so hard to put on this tournament. It was extremely well run from start to finish. All of our kids had a fabulous time. We are already looking forward to the February event.

–Bill Wiley
Coach, ACME Robotics
VRC #12a-12f, FTC #12-15