Who We Are


Welcome to the Hawks' Nest!


Operated by the non-profit, 501(c)3 Power Hawks Robotics Club Inc, the Power Hawks are a group of students, adult mentor, and volunteers dedicated to the practical education of future engineers based in Edgewater, Maryland. These motivated students annually design and build a robot to compete regionally and nationally in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition and Tech Challenge. The Power Hawks improve their science, technology, engineering, and math skills, learn to cooperatively problem solve and develop self-confidence, soft-skills and leadership.

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FIRST® stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST® is all about creating technical-minded professionals for an ever-changing world.

It's mission: To design accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering.


Basically, FIRST® designs programs that promote team building, provide opportunities for student leadership, and motivate students to get involved in science-, technology-, and engineering-related careers.  There are several different programs which allow participants from the Elementary School level all the way up to the High School.  With these different programs, students are able to choose a program that is suitable for their needs.  The variation in FIRST®'s programs is one of the reasons for its popularity, and is an important part of providing opportunities for a large range of students in the science and tech fields.

FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC)

first In 1992, FIRST® began the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) with 28 teams and a single 14 x 14 foot playing field in a New Hampshire high school gym. Today, it has more than 1,600 teams participating nationwide and internationally, in over 40 Regional events and in a culminating Championship event in April of each year.

The FIRST® Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people, grades 9-12, and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.

FIRST® redefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.

What is unique about the FRC program?

  • It is a sport where the participants play with the pros and learn from them
  • Designing and building a robot is a fascinating real-world professional experience
  • Competing on stage brings participants as much excitement and adrenaline rush as conventional varsity tournaments
  • The game rules are a surprise every year


Learn more about the FIRST® Robotics Competition at the official FIRST® website.

FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC)

first The FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) is a mid-level robotics competition for high-school students that launched in 2005. It offers the traditional challenge of a FIRST® Robotics Competition but with a more accessible and affordable robotics kit. The ultimate goal of FTC is to reach more young people with a lower-cost, more accessible opportunity to discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, and engineering.


FTC teams are not as involving as FRC teams, and are typically suitable for the high school student who does not have 6 weeks of his life to spare for only robotics.  Although the program is less involving, students still construct similar robots to FRC at a smaller scale.

Learn more about the FIRST® Tech Challenge at the official FIRST® website.

FIRST® Lego League (FLL)

first This is the robotics program for early elementary aged students that supports and channels the creative thinking of kids ages 6-9. Each year the challenge is a variation of the FLL game based upon real-world issues. Guided by a team coach and mentors, the students research and build models addressing the challenge and present to Reviewers. This is the first taste these students get in engineering and science, along with developing communication and teamwork skills.



Learn more about the FIRST® Lego League at the official FIRST® website.


FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC)


We are a robotics team comprised of students from South River High School in Edgewater, MD. Our mission is to promote the vision of FIRST by providing a unique free-thinking team opportunity supported by a mentor-based, technical and professional environment through the build of competitive robots. We hope to support and inspire a changing ideology in the community to embrace and appreciate the importance of science and technology.

Students in the program are inspired to innovate and create. They leave with well-rounded life capabilities including communication, self-confidence and leadership, in addition to the technical and professional knowledge inherent to the team atmosphere.


The Competition Process

Every FIRST® team gets 6 weeks to design, prototype, build, test, and ship a 120 lb. robot that can remotely execute a set of challenging tasks. Much attention is given to brainstorming game strategy, and scoring, which will steer a final design. Then our team of students, guided by dedicated mentors, combine mechanical, electrical, programming, and other specialized skills to fabricate a hi-tech robot. Finally, we get to share our creativity, and compete graciously with teams from all over the country.


The 2012 Game

Rebound Rumble: The 2012 game is basketball robo-style! The court is divided by a steel barrier and three bridges that robots may cross to shoot hoops that are located on three levels. In the 2 minute, 15 second match, the first 15-seconds is the Hybrid Period when a robot on each team can be controlled 


by a Microsoft Kinect and a human player. In the last 30-seconds, robots rush to the bridges to balance for extra points. This year ‘Coopertition’ - or cooperation in competition with opposing teams - is extremely important. When opposing bots balance on the same bridge, both teams get special points.  


Power Hawks Team #1111 Roster


Grade Role
Ali Preston 11
Business Operations Officer
Alyssa Reiman 12
FRC Team Executive Officer, Sponsorship Captain
Duncan Squires 11
Vice-Executive Office
Derek Jones
Competition Prep
Edwin Pena 
Shop Manager
Mike Kubista 11
Public Relations Captain, CAD Captain
David Foster 11 Programming Captain, Communications Captain
Chase Otley 12
Events Manager, CAD Member
Abbie Galsby 10
Community Service Captain, Graphic Design, Animations Member
Sienna Creech 12 Community Service, Drive Member, Fundraising Captain
Eric Johnson 10
Robot Demos Captain, Mech Member
Alex Cooper 
11 Events Member, Mech Member
Ryan Collins 
11 Events Member, Mech Member
Chris Mylod 11 Events Member. Mech Member
Chris Bernard
11 Scouting Captain, Programming Member, Communications and Web Design Member
Emily Weber  12 Communications Member, Financial Officer
Alex Molster
12 Graphic Design Captain, Drive Member
Caitlen Moore  11 Graphic Design, Scouting
Amelia Hallworth 
12 Pit/Field Design Captain, Chairmens
Trevor Groman  11 Pit/Field Design
Shawn Peterson 12 Pit/Field Design
Jason Russell 11 Electrical Captain, Spirit Member
Paul Reiman
10 Electrical Member
Ian Squires 9 Electrical Member, Spirit Member
Ryan Hirsch 12 Drive Captain
Jamie Cruz 11 Drive Member
Adam Thorne 11 Programming Member, Documentation Member
Daniel Weber 10 Programming Member
Zoe Falk 12 Mech Captain, Sponsorship
Emre Brock 12 Build Captain, Chairman's Committee
Chris Sadka 11 Mech Member
Collin Pierpoint 12 Controls Captain
Nick Leighton 9 Controls Member
Jared Bishod 11 CAD Member
Thomas Stephany 12 Animations Captain, Chairmens
Katie Perez 12 Documentation Captain
Ellana Crew 12 Documentation Member
Ally Ernst 12 Chairmans, Financial Officer
Liam Kelly 10 Fundraising

FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC)


As Varsity Team 1111 grew, we knew that more than 40 people wouldn’t be able to work on a single robot, let alone devote six weeks of the winter living in our team shop room. The solution? FTC teams. Starting in 2009 we debuted two FTC teams, and in the past year started yet another team from the overwhelming response. We supply mentors, materials and supplies to all three teams which operate independently from the Varsity team. FTC serves as the training ground for the FRC team.


yeah2 FTC is designed for those who want to compete head-to-head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.


The 2012-2013 GameRing It Up(2012-2013) png

For the 2012-2013 game, “Ring It Up!”, robotics play in a 12’ by 12’ field. Two alliances, one red and one blue, composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a 30-second autonomous period followed by a two-minute driver-controller period. The object of the game is to score more points than the opponent alliance by placing plastic rings onto pegs on the center rack.



Jr. Power HawksTeam #3583 Roster:


Name Grade Position
Lee P 10 Captain
Katherine C 9 Build Captian
Alyssa Q 9 Programmer
Kyle P 9 Build
Brandon M 10 Build
Joey R 9 Programmer
Mason B 9 Programmer
James Y 9 Build
Casey T 9 Build
Chirs N 9 Build



MechHawksTeam #5178 Roster:


Name Grade Position
Liam K 10 Captain
Jacob W 10 Co-Captin
Ben M 10 Builder
Dan L 10 Builder
Robert D 10 Builder
Laurn L 9 Builder
Neil E 9 Builder
Branden J 9 Programmer
Brittany P 9 Programmer
Jack S 9 Builder



Talons Team #3796 Roster:


Name Grade Position
Robin B 10 Captain
Matt W 10 Co-Captin
Noah A 10 Build Captin
Andrew T 10 Builder
Ester G 10 Programmer
Trenton F 9 Programmer
Caleb F 9 Builder
Daniel S 9 Builder
Conner G 9 Builder


FIRST® Competition 2011 Work and Results


FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks


The Robot: Raptortron

This year's robot was designed to both deploy a minibot, and also pickup and score tubes on all 3 of the racks. The robot featured a elevator lift that had a rotating claw that was able to pick up and score all 3 of the tubes on the rack. The minibot deployment method was a track that shot out on a motor attaching the minibot, Morgan Freeman, to the pole, and allowing it to propel itself upward.


The Minibot: Morgan Freeman

The Minibot was a special part of this years game, being able to be deployed at the last 20 second of the match, the minibot was a key factor in the game. Our minibot was light and fast, sticking to the pole with a magnet, the robot automatically propelled itself upward with two very fast motors.



The Challenge: Logo Motion

Two alliances of three teams each compete on a 27'x 54' field attempting to earn points by collecting colored tubes in the shape of the FIRST logo pieces and placing them on scoring pegs. Additional bonus points are earned for deploying a “MiniBot” onto a tower at the end of the game.


Chesapeake Regional (March 17-19, 2011)

After 5 wins and 1 tie out of 9 qualifying matches, Team 1111 ranked 11th out of 60 teams, while going into the finals. Our team was selected by Team 1124, the “UberBots” from Avon High School (Avon, CT) and together we chose Team 484, “Roboforce”, (Haverford, PA) as our alliance partners. The alliance progressed to the semifinals to place 5th in the competition. Our robot was able to pick up all three types of tubes off the ground and place them on the highest scoring pegs for maximum points, as well as able to deploy our MiniBot! Additionally, Team 1111 won the 2010 Award for Excellence in Design, Sponsored by Autodesk. The award honors excellence in demonstrated understanding of the design process, knowledge of mechanical engineering and design principles, mastery of 3D design technologies – including CAD and digital prototyping, and presentation. Our team won both categories of the award, including 3D Design and Animation. We also won the Pit Safety Award — given to the team that best demonstrates safe working conditions in the pit and on the field.


Virginia Regional (April 7-10, 2011)
After nine wins in the qualifying matches, Team 1111 ranked 12th out of 63 teams going into the finals. During the alliance selection the Power Hawks were selected by Team 122 (the NASA Knights) and Team 2068 (the Metal Jackets). The alliance progressed to tie for third in the competition.

At this regional, Team 1111 was recognized with the Judges “Swiss Army Knife” Award, which recognizes and celebrates teams who have made multi-faceted accomplishments, performed well, had a spirited team dynamic and provided evidence that in everything it was a team effort.  

FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks
FIRST® Competition 2010 Work and Results


The Robot: AVES

This year's robot was built mainly to kick soccer balls.  Employing pneumatics and surgical tubing, the "kicker" was pulled into a ready state and released to fire upon the victim soccer ball.  Additionally, the robot had a ramp ontop of it that would flip out in order to assist in the endgame (which was about elevating robots).  Our ramp would allow robots to elevate themselves and earn our alliance points.


The Challenge: Breakaway

This year's challenge was similar to soccer.  There was two horizontal bumps (about a foot high) placed along the field that robots had to be able to either go over or follow a tunnel under.  This restricted robots to either being able to go over bumps or be short enough to pass through tunnels.  The method of scoring was to shoot soccer balls into goals.  Lastly, the end-game consisted of elevating robots on "towers" to receive extra points.


Washington DC Regional (March 4-6, 2010)

  • Engineering Inspiration Award - Celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community. (2010)
  • Team Spirit Award - Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork. (2010) • Atlanta (April 14-17, 2010)

FTC Teams #3796 Talons and #3583 Jr. Power Hawks

The South Central FTC Regional Qualifier


  • Inspire Award
  • Placed 9th in Qualifying Rounds
  • Part of 4th Seeded Alliance

Jr. Power Hawks:

  • Placed 10th in Qualifying Rounds
  • Nominated for Motivate Award
  • Nominated for Connect Award

Maryland FIRST® Tech Challenge Championship


  • Ranked 10th

Jr. Power Hawks:

  • Ranked 25th
  • Motivate Award


FIRST® Competition 2009 Work and Results

FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks


yeah4 The Robot: Hawkbot II

This robot was capable of picking up the moon rocks from anywhere on the competition floor and dumping them into opponents trailers. The robots were required to pick up "moon rocks" from the game field and dump them into opposing team robot's trailers.

The Challenge: Lunacy

This year's game was moon-based.  The surface of the game field was made of material that would emulate a coefficient of friction that was nearly 1/6th of the standard used in other years' FRC games.  Also, specific wheels had to be used to maintain this friction ratio.  The objective of the game was to score "moon rocks" (the purple and orange balls on the right) into other team's trailers (see red structure behind robot on right).


Chesapeake Regional

  • Xerox Creativity Award - This award celebrates creative design, use of certain components, or just a creative or unique strategy of game play.


FTC Teams #3796 Talons and #3583 Jr. Power Hawks

Maryland FIRST® Tech Challenge Championship

  • Part of 3rd seeded alliance
  • Motivate Award

Jr. Power Hawks:

  • Part of 4th seeded alliance
  • Nominated for Motivate Award


FIRST® Competition 2008 Work and Results


FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks



The Robot: Hawkbot

Fear not, as we had taken our drive system to the next level. In this year, 2008, we initiated the all manueverable omni-drive system by having each of the wheels face a 45 degree angle. This drive system enabled our robot to move in any direction while facing forward. Combined with this system was the newly introduced controls system, the Xbox 360 controller. Utilizing both of these, we had created the most manueverable robot out there, dominating the field. Attached to this drive system was a two-piston pnuematic arm for extending and pushing the 40" diameter balls off the rack.

The Challenge: Overdrive

For the 2008 season the game was called Overdrive. In Overdrive there was a 27 by 54 foot track. Six and a half feet above the ground there was a structure called the Overpass that had three spots for holding Trackballs. A Trackball was a 40 inch in diameter, 7.2 pound spherical game object. For every match the participating teams were split up into two alliances, red and blue. Each alliance got points by getting the Trackballs down, and racing them around the track.


Chesapeake Regional

  • Regional Finalist
  • Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award - Celebrates an innovative control system or application of control components to provide unique machine functions.


FIRST® Competition 2007 Work and Results


FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks


This season had been kicked off on Jan 6, 2007 and looked bright for our newest robot in the making, Heavy Mettle. Due to our 7th place in the Chesapeake Regionals the year before, we had a spot in the Nationals this year in Atlanta, GA.


The Robot: Heavy Mettle

We had pushed the limits of the game this year, leaving no possible points out of our reach. Heavy Mettle could pick up tubes from the ground or from a human player, score on all three levels of the rack, and pick up both alliance members the full 12" off the ground at the end of the game. The electrical wiring was much more organized this year, coupled with the component assembly for the upper mechanism, making Heavy Mettle easier than ever to repair and tweak in competition frenzy.

The Challenge: Rack 'n Roll

This year's game object was an inner tube hung vertically by the robots from a fixed central goal called the Rack. Teams scored when tubes of their alliance were in straight rows or columns across the Rack. Black tubes nullified any position when placed.


Chesapeake Regional

  • J&J Sportsmanship Award - Celebrates outstanding sportsmanship and continuous gracious professionalism in the heat of competition, both on and off the playing field.


FIRST® Competition 2006 Work and Results


FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks


Our team was extremely busy this competition season, pursuing many more tasks than usual by having a more diverse group of hardworking teammates.


The Robot: Pedro

In 2006 we entirely abandoned the pneumatics option, causing our robot to always be underweight. We had pursued the use of the several CIM motors for a chain drive and a ball-shooting and ball-rolling mechanism.

The Challenge: Aim High

The idea of this year's game was to have robots work together in alliances of three teams to score as many points as possible by shooting into a high goal or a lower ball corral, while minimizing the score of the opposing alliance by using tactical defense.


The Standings: 7th place Regionals

Pedro had thus far been the most successful robot produced by the hands of the Powerhawks. Our Chesapeake Regional standing was at seventh place, out of the 64 teams attending it.

FIRST® Competition 2005 Work and Results


FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks


The Robot: Deeper Thought

The team developed a robot to pick up scoring tetras and place them on tetra goals.


The Standings

We hardly advanced this year as our ranking was still 38th at the Chesapeake Regional. The number of teams at the regional stayed about constant as well.


FIRST® Competition 2004 Work and Results


FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks


The Robot: Deep Thought

The team developed a robot with arms capable of grabbing large yellow balls and movable goals. See the US FIRST® website's archives for the specific game.

The Standings

Team 1111 was in 37th place at the Chesapeake Regional, a significant improvement from the year before!

FIRST® Competition 2003 Work and Results


FRC Team #1111 Power Hawks


The Robot: Sparky

The team developed a robot which had some trouble moving without flailing. See the US FIRST® website's archives for the specific game.

The Standings

Team 1111 was 54th place out of 55 at the Chesapeake Regional, but the experience was still worth it!

Mentors and Volunteers


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Jeanne Bellis (FRC)


Jeanne Bellis and her husband “Speed” joined our team 4 years ago, and with two sons on the team, Power Hawks Robotics is totally a family affair! Both of her sons were also lucky enough to have participated on FLL teams, so they have been a part of the FIRST® family for the past 6 years. Jeanne has degree in Graphic design from the University of Maryland and has her own Graphic Design company. Ms. Jeanne’s talents are utilized by working with students to develop the marketing aspects of our team from t-shirts, to banners, to posters, to buttons. She especially enjoys watching when the creative juices of the students get fired up and they make the projects their own! This year when 8 teams were asked to host FLL Qualifiers in Maryland, just 6 weeks away, the Power Hawks quickly responded. Ms. Jeanne took on the responsibility of coordinating our first 2009 Power Hawks FLL Qualifier hosting 16 local FLL teams. Ms. Jeanne says the best part was watching the faces of the teams light up from their shared accomplishments, especially the faces of team members from the five Boys & Girls Club Teams who had never had this kind of experience ever. She also feels blessed to have found so many wonderful students (she can’t believe that all her friends on facebook are Team 1111 students!) and giving parents/mentors who make this experience truly a gift from their heart.


"Speed" Bellis (FRC)


Some say he's the Power Hawk’s “chief cook and bottle washer!”, and that he can boil water in less than 90 seconds.  All we know is, he's called "Speed."













Richard Chapman (FRC and FTC)

chapman Richard "Dink" Chapman, our head build mentor, has been with the Power Hawks Team 1111 for six years. In addition to his own career as IT Director at the Executive Residence at the White House, Mr. Chapman devotes his time and energy after work toward mentoring to FIRST® robotics. Mr. Chapman has encouraged Team 1111 student members to spread their wings, share their knowledge, and become mentors themselves; the Power Hawks Team, including Mr. Chapman, now mentors three elementary, Fourteen middle and Two FTC high school robotics teams, and Five Annapolis area Boys & Girls club teams. Having even yet more to offer, Mr. Chapman also serves as president of the 501c3 non profit Power Hawks Robotics Club, Incorporated which promotes and secures funds for FIRST® Robotics programs within Anne Arundel County.

Brooke Chapman (FRC)


Ms. Chapman joined the NEMs of Team 1111 in her son's, Taylor C., first year on the team. Four years later and counting, she is an an active mentor with the Spirit team, fundraising, team building, and general organization. Ms. Chapman simply enjoys being around the Team and the energy and drive that each student and mentor brings into her life. She loves being a Mom and considers the Team family. Ms. Chapman is on the Board of Directors for the Power Hawks, Inc., nonprofit organization, which was recently established. Personal notes about Ms. Chapman: Baking cakes is her passion, her favorite color is green, she holds a B.S. in Economics, and is a self-identified Mother of a Super Nerd.







Dave Cruz (FRC and FTC)

cruzA Project Manager for the last 26 years with Lock Martin and Raytheon, Mr. Cruz has been responsible for projects ranging from Software Development to Forensic Accounting, in addtion to Construction Management and Disaster Recovery / Emergency Management. Brought into FIRST® by his daughter some seven years ago, Mr. Cruz has stayed with the PowerHawks at South River High, in addition to mentoring an FLL team (the Power Cobras) and an FTC team (the Talons).





Ted Dressel (FRC and FTC)


Mr. Ted Dressel started working with the Power Hawks in the 2007 build. He’s been working with computers since 1984 and has brought some of that expertise to the Programming Team. He grew up 20 minutes from Disneyland in CA and attempted twice to be a parking attendant there. He failed both times! Alas, he took his work ethic and decided to do something more with it and attended UC San Diego where he received a BA degree in Computer Science. While at UCSD, he met his wife to be, Lisa, and eventually had two children, one of which was on the Power Hawks robotics team. In 2005, Ted Dressel tired of flying around for work and moved his family from San Diego to the Edgewater, MD where he works for Microsoft as a consultant to the US Army. Ted Dressel is a Principal Consultant with MCS (Microsoft Consultant Services) and has been a consultant at Microsoft for 12+ years. Prior to working with the Army, Mr. Dressel worked with the Navy and helped to create a web portal for the US support effort (all support came via Pacific Command) for the Tsunami in Dec 2004. Ted and Lisa Dressel sponsor Midshipmen at the US Naval Academy and have been at it since they moved to the area. You might call that their hobby.





Becki Hutchison (FRC)


This is Mrs. Hutchison's fourth year with Team 1111 and first as team adviser. She is a NEM (Non-Engineering Mentor) who helps with the business side of the team and takes care of all of the team paperwork! Mrs. Becki's favorite part of robotics is watching like-minded kids work together to accomplish a common goal - just like in the real world! She likes to hear "Good Things" and hates taking out the trash. Mrs. Becki holds an M.L.S. degree from UMCP and would enjoy reading in her spare time, but doesn't have any! She is happy to be Team Mom to 44 awesome Power Hawks and two amazing Hutchison children, including the Controls subteam captain!









Jay Kalin (FRC)


Mr. Kalin has a degree in Computer science combined with Electrical and Mechanical engineering. He has worked for Lockheed Martin for 25 years and is a senior satellite flight operations manager. for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He has been a mentor with the Power Hawks for the last 5 years. He provides engineering expertise in the areas of drive design, pneumatics, and mechanisms. His youngest son will start high school next year and is anxious to participate in the Power Hawks robotics program.












Kym Lyons (FRC)


Kym Lyons became part of the Power Hawks Team 1111 family last year when her son, Michael, joined the team. She had no idea what FIRST® robotics was all about at that time but liked what she saw right from the kick off event. She is in awe of the wonderful mentors the team has and the time they give to the team. Ms. Lyons is a strong believer in building ” Super Nerds”, working spacecraft testing and control for the navy she has a MSEE and sees the need for them daily. Last year she worked with the Power Hawks Team bringing lunches on Saturday during build season, working fundraisers selling hot dogs and hamburgers, and doing a carwash. This year she helped coordinate the 100 plus volunteers that worked the FLL qualifier competition the Power Hawks held at there high school in December and works on the Community Outreach committee. She is overwhelmed with gratitude for experience of being part of the Power Hawks Team 1111 family and all the people that make FIRST® Robotics what it is.









A second generation metal worker, Mr. McCarter is a master welder whose company fabricates professional creations in wrought iron, stainless steel, and all types of aluminum. His interest in team 1111 grew after his daughter, Sam, currently a junior, joined the team 2 years ago.

His skills at metal crafting and structural engineering have become an integral part of the team, both in actual design requirements, as well as teaching sound metal working principles to our students.








Dan Marker (FRC)

markerMr. Marker joined our team four years ago. From the first kickoff broadcast in his son’s freshman year, Mr. Marker has been on board.

As a long time home builder with an architectural degree, Mr. Marker is an essential mentor for our drive and mechanism sub-teams. Seven days a week, above and beyond, Mr. Marker also mentors the team, as do all our mentors, in valuable non-engineering skills like dedication, commitment, sacrifice, perseverance, creative thinking…the list goes on and on.

Also a board member of our independent booster club, we hope to have Mr. Marker’s influence for years to come.

Sallie Jo Marker (FRC)

tucker2Mrs. Marker joined our team four years ago when she attended her first team meeting as the mother of a freshman. Knowing nothing of FIRST®, but curious about the club her son had joined, Mrs. Marker walked out of the initial meeting with her eyes glazed over and her agenda book full. She was the 2006 Atlanta Nationals trip coordinator and from there her role grew. As a strong leader in the Power Hawks NEMO, Mrs. Marker coordinates travel, lodging, lunches, fundraisers, etc.

Realizing during that “freshman” year that she did qualify as a mentor, albeit a non-engineering one, Mrs. Marker works with students on all projects she is involved with, mentoring them in organizational and accounting skills. As the mother of both a Senior and Sophomore, we know we have her hooked for at least two more years, as the treasurer of our newly formed independent 501 (c)(3) booster corporation, we think we have her hooked for even longer.

Tom McCarter (FRC)


A second generation metal worker, Mr. McCarter is a master welder whose company fabricates professional creations in wrought iron, stainless steel, and all types of aluminum. His interest in team 1111 grew after his daughter, Sam, currently a junior, joined the team 2 years ago.

His skills at metal crafting and structural engineering have become an integral part of the team, both in actual design requirements, as well as teaching sound metal working principles to our students.









Rich Perez (FRC)

Mr. Perez- a "freshman" mentor - enjoys learning from the fabulous group of motivated South River students and metors at the FIRST Power Hawks Team 1111. The enthusiams is highly contagious!
Mr. Perez has one child (also a robotics freshman), whose enthusiasm motivated his participation in the team. Mr. Perez hopes to spend part of his time, with the team help, encouraging the Documentaion Group to document the great work they are ALL involved in and pass it on to the freshman class. With perserverance, we (Documentation Group) may even graduate from Power Hawks with full honors!

Pete Quinn (FRC)

This is Mr. Guinn's second year with Team 1111; his son is a Senior on the team and Mr. Quinn hopes that his daughter will be a member of the team when she enters in late 2012.
Mr. Quinn earned a Bechelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology and a Master's of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University. Mr. Quinn is presently a Systems Architect at a local engineering firm, where his duties include overall technical responsibility for all designs and solutions within his division. Mr. Quinn works with the sales team to obtain system requirements, with the Engineering team to develop the technical solutions to meet these requirements, and with the Program Management Office to obtain the funding and develop scheduling for the requested solution.
With over 25 years of experience in design and development in both the government and the private sector, Mr. Quinn has been very impressed with the South River Robotics program and is proud to be a member of the FIRST Robotics Power Hawks family.

Doug Reiman (FRC and FTC)

reimanMr. Reiman grew up in Port Washington, NY where in high school he was introduced to computer programming in 1977. He wrote programs in Basic on an early mini-computer that was donated to the school. From there he went on to attend Purdue University majoring in Computer Science. During his time at Purdue, he learned the Unix Operating System and wrote software in various programming languages including, Pascal, C, Basic, CoboL and assembly language. He graduated in 1984 and went to work for IBM in Gaithersburg, MD. At IBM, Mr. Reiman worked on government contracts in various roles such as programmer, tester and technical leader.

In 1996, he joined the U.S. Government as a programmer for the Department of Defense. He began working on his master’s degree from John Hopkins University and received it in 2006. Mr. Reiman continued to work on various different types of projects that help improve the security of the Unites States. As his interests changed, he eventually moved from programming to being a System Engineer. In this role he was the technical lead for various projects. He enjoyed his employment with DoD and eventually got the opportunity to be stationed in the United Kingdom for three years working with our British Allies.

Mr. Reiman has three children, the oldest of which got him involved in Team 1111. All three of them are involved in robotics and he is likely to be involved for some time. This is his second year on the team and he has mentored the programmers on the club’s two newly formed FTC teams as well as this year’s FRC team.



Roger Squires (FRC)

Roger Squires joined the Power Hawks in his son Duncan's first year on team 3796 and has loved every minute. Mr. Squires has a BS in Computer Science and works for Booz Allen Hamilton as a Systems Engineer and Development Lead supporting a wide variety of clients. He has always enjoyed tinkering with electronics and now enjoys creating small BEAM and Sumo bots with his children




This is Tyler Todd-Evans' first year mentoring the Power Hawks. He started FIRST in 2003 on team 949 in Bellevue, WA. In 2004, he started a team at his own high school, team 1294 in Sammamish, WA which his dad still continues to lead and mentor. He went to college at Purdue University in Indiana for Mechanical Engineering and helped mentor team 1646 while there. In his years in FIRST, he has specialized in mechanisms but also worked on electrical and drivetrain. He now has his dream job working for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center using robots in a lab to help develop thin glass mirror technology. The mirror technology will be used for the next x-ray space telescope similar to Hubble to search for black holes in the 2020's. He hopes to give back to the FIRST program and help others get their dream jobs and aspire to their full potential.








Chip Tucker (FRC)


Mr. Tucker has been with the Power Hawks Team 1111 since the 2003 season - the first year the Power Hawks competed. The founding mentor and Physics teacher, John Jacobson, roped him in and got him hooked. Mr. Tucker has worked with drive, mechanism, controls and scouting teams over the years. This year, he has also found time to mentor Team 2819 from Oxon Hill High School - a team sponsored by his employer, Naval Sea Systems Command. Mr. Tucker enjoys watching the students progress from Freshmen trying to learn the ropes to Seniors that lead the team.
Mr. Tucker has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Management. He has worked in the area of Navy shipboard power systems for over 20 years, and is presently the Ship Systems Manager for a Navy program office set up to design a new class of submarine.

Jim Wiliams (FRC) 


hutchison Jim Williams is a Software Engineer at the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and previously worked at Pixar Animation Studios. He is a lifetime fan of robots and electronics and learned to solder about the time he learned to write. He has a master's in Computer Science from George Washington University.



Past Mentors:



Ryan Sackett (FRC and FTC)

sackettMr. Sackett has been a teacher at South River High School for three years. He has been the head mentor of team 1111 for three years and is loving every minute of it. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a degree in Technology Education and now teaches engineering classes in South River's STEM magnet program. He oversees all things involved with the Power Hawks organization, handling administrative repsonsibilities, planning, and scheduleing. His major responsibility is keeping one 40+ student varisty team and two 10 student FTC teams on track and motivated. He loves everything that FIRST® stands for and works diligently promoting it in his classroom and beyond.


Bob Daley (FRC)

Bob has always enjoyed tinkering with all types of engines and machines as well as electronics and computers. He is a U. S. Air Force Vietnam veteran originally from upstate New York. For many years he worked in Information Technology (IT), aligning and administering IT assets to continuously improve and be responsive to various business demands. He has extensive experience as a large systems project architect, integrator, planner, and manager. His clients in the U. S. and abroad included the IRS; U. S. Customs Service; Bank One; Nationwide Insurance; Bancomer (Mexico); Banamex (Mexico); Ministry of Interior (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia); Standard Insurance; Alex Brown; Rubbermaid Commercial Products and many others.

Bob is now retired and says he was lucky when his son joined the FIRST® Robotics Team and gave him an opportunity to come along.

Hobbies: Building Computers and Networks; Home Improvement Projects; Lionel trains; Private Pilot.


Henry Lyons (FRC)

lyons2 In response to the urging of his grandson Mr. Lyons attended the regional competition in Annapolis in 2009. He came away from there with the feeling that “that is something I would like to get involved in”.

Mr. Lyons, a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer, with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland began his career in electronics in 1951 when he enlisted in the US Navy and became an Electronics Technician. The majority of the time since has been spent in Electronics Systems (any and all kinds) Design, Programming, Test and Evaluation.

Mr. Lyons spends most of his time with the Power Hawks team wandering around, sticking his nose into things and passing on advice. He is enjoying putting his many years of Computer Hardware and Software design experience to work assisting and advising the students of Team 1111.




Tom McCarter (FRC)

Sharon Zehner (FRC)


Mrs. Zehner received her Bachelor’s Degree in Math in 1987. Since then she has worked as a contractor at NASA GSFC supporting various missions. She has a very round robin experience where she has done Operations for Shuttle and Payload (HST) attitude programs, Testing , FORTRAN, C, C++, and MOTIF Programming Development, FORTRAN, C Maintenance, Systems Administration for a Unix Operating System (pre-networking), Help Desk Management, Systems Engineering where she wrote and maintained various scripts, and Requirements Definition for a graphical User Interface program. She is currently utilizing all of my experience as a Configuration Management Officer for a rapid build spacecraft project. She became absorbed by the Robotics competition after her daughter joined during build season of 2008. Her daughter asked her to get involved, and she started coming every day. She has done many home projects along with my husband, so she is somewhat familiar with using power tools. Mrs. Zehner wanted to encourage all of the kids to work with the tools and supported their ideas. She tries to help out where the team seems to be short-handed.



FLL Qualifier: South County Showdown



A couple years ago, we started hosting an FLL Qualifier for over 10 teams in our area.  Feel free to view our FLL Qualifier Website!








Helpful Links


The Blue Alliance
The Blue Alliance is a FIRST® Robotics resource site dedicated to giving you all the best tips, tricks, and scouting resources.
FIRST® Robotics Resource Center
A website hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute that outlines everything needed to be known about the FIRST® Robotics Competition.  The site covers FRC, FTC, and FLL too.
Think Tank Portal
Outlines basic shop safety rules applicable to any shop. Includes a sample safety exam to test students on proper shop rules and hand tool usage.
think tank
AndyMark sponsors FIRST® with the Kit of Parts (KoP).  If there's any information you need about parts from the original KoP, you'll find it here.  Replacement parts can be found here as well.
The ones who make our team what it is.  FIRST® is the one that makes the game and everything to do with it, and motivates us to be a part of this team.  Also notable is Maryland FIRST, which covers information on FIRST® news and events for Maryland.
MOEmentum First-Year Infobase
MOEmentum is a repository of information for both new and veteran teams. It is a very useful resource.
Chief Delphi
Chief Delphi's team website has the largest forum on FIRST® Robotics. If you are unable to get your question answered here or anywhere else, they are likely able to help you.
South River High
South River High School is the host of the Power Hawks.



Class of 2012



Further Study
Chris Bellis UMBC
Sean Bruegman Illinois Institute of Technology
Jillian Buck University of Delaware
Matthew Buhl University of Vermont
Brenna Dillner Western New England University
Charles D’Onofrio University of Maryland
Sanjit Dutta University of Illinois
Bailey Falk Lehigh University
Andrew Hutchison AACC
Nick Laurenzano University of Maryland
Michael Lyons Rochester Institute of Technology
Riley Marker AACC
Emily McKnight University of Maryland
Richard Obear AACC
Victoria Preston Franklin W Olin College of Engineering
Thomas Quinn University of Maryland
Krysta Rasmussen University of Utah
Kevin Sapp AACC
Madison Sheffer Hofstra University
Cali Smith Rochester Institute of Technology



Class of 2011



Further Study
Matthew Parangot Georgia Tech
Kevin Diep UMBC
Crystal Horodyski Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Samantha McCarter Virginia Polytech and State University
Shane Seamans AACC
Andrew Stefany University of Maryland
Patrick Shea UMBC
Taylor Collins Wentworth Institute of Technology



Class of 2010


Name Further Study
Nick Bellis Salisbury University
James Batterdan Salisbury University
Katie Breitwieser Unknown
Maddie Cramer Carnegie-Mellon University
Patrick Gomoljak Virginia Military Institute
Hannah Hensley Anne Arundel Community College
Brandon Hoffman Anne Arundel Community College
Adrian Jarvis James Madison University  
Josh Hirakawa Sewanee
Kyle Lentz Unknown
Case Marker Frostburg University
Brian Russell Cedarville University
Melissa Zehner Anne Arundel Community College


Class of 2009


Name Further Study
Janina Vaitkus University of Maryland
Dianna Bartone University of Notre Dame
James Dressel George Mason University
Shaun Harris Anne Arundel Community College
Erin Kalin Anne Arundel Community College
Matt Keen Anne Arundel Community College
Chase Kindig Virginia Tech
Patrick McKenna University of Maryland
Dustin Reiman Anne Arundel Community College
Rob Waddell Rochester Institute of Technology






We'd like to support our alumni James Dressel and Patrick McKenna in their intention to run for president and vice president in 2028.


Class of 2008


Name Further Study
Brian Doyle Unknown
Colin Bailey Unknown
Chuck Collison Unknown
Shelby Cruz Unknown
Jonathan Ko Unknown
Evan Pruitt Unknown
Ian Westfall University of Maryland
Lauren Tucker Unknown
Zak Lesko University of Maryland
J. Metz Unknown
R. Preston Unknown


Class of 2007


Name Further Study
Sumit Dutta University of Illinois
Richard Senkel Virgina Tech
Nick Lowe University of Maryland
Drew Blackburn Georgia Tech


Class of 2006


Name Further Study
Phil Oxman Unknown
Jane Breitwieser Anne Arundel Community College
Daniel Hearding University of Maryland
Steve Pazzano Cornell University
Steve Graff University of Maryland


Class of 2005


Name Further Study
Leo Singer University of Maryland
Andrew Crall University of Maryland
Mike Hanlon Florida Tech
Christina Wojnar University of Maryland


Class of 2004


Name Further Study
Rick Battle Virginia Tech
Brandon Bubar University of Maryland
Rachel Kerzner University of Maryland
James Murdock University of Texas
S. Phillips St. Joseph's University
Phillip Ruane University of Maryland
J. Simms University of Maryland
S. Viekman Gordon College


Class of 2003


Name Further Study
B. Lamar University of Maryland
K. Flowers Georgia Tech

Latest News

January 19, 2013, 4:34AM:

December 9, 2012, 8:36PM:

2012 4th Annual South County Showdown
FIRST Lego League (FLL) Qualifier

October 13, 2012, 8:45PM:

Duel on the Delaware

The Power Hawks went to the Duel on the Delaware, an annual off-season competition. We ended up placing in semi-finals, everyone had a great time.

Thank you MOE for hosting a great competition.

October 6, 2012, 12:00PM:

Homestead Gardens Robot Demo/Fundraiser

Oct 6 – 7, 2012

August 21, 2012, 3:44PM:

Statisctics from the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis

To all who were  curious about how we did last season, follow this link to see a detailed report on each of our games.


August 14, 2012, 9:18PM:

Kmart Car Wash


The Power Hawks would like to thank everyone that attended and helped out at the car wash as well as Kmart for allowing us to hold the car wash there. It gave us the opportunity to show what FIRST is about and raised  $1148.00


July 30, 2012, 7:54PM:


Safeway Raffle

The Power Hawks would like to thank the generous ticket buyers as well as Safeway for allowing us to hold a raffle there. It gave us the opportunity to raise almost $1337 and spread the message of FIRST to the community.

May 21, 2012, 5:09PM:

Andrews AirShow Demo:


Power Hawks were invited out to the Andrews Air Force Base Air Show again this year and had a blast! Our team of 11 students spent the day showing off Havik and all three JV robots, talking to crowds, and of course taking in the show! Thank you to TSgt Day and all the folks at Andrews for allowing us to show off our bots.

May 21, 2012, 5:08PM:

End of the Year Word of Thanks:


The end of the year party has been cleaned up, the seniors sent-off and the robots put away. For all that our supporters, sponsors, mentors and teachers do - thank you! This season would not have been possible without you.

May 9, 2012, 7:50PM:

St. Louis Success


The Power Hawks are back safe and sound from their nationals trip where they faced off against 399 other FRC teams from around the world - Israel, Australia, Germany - you name it! Though they placed 90th in their division, they are very proud of their two solid wins against the top teams in the world. Between catching intense matches, members explored the city, climbed the arch, discovered the museum and simply enjoyed the last competition of the 2011-12 season. The Power Hawks also brought one of their JV teams, the Mech Hawks 5178, to nationals where they placed 27th in their division of 60+, and their rookies too! We couldn't be more proud. Next on the schedule is the End of the Year party. Thank you everyone for your support throughout this season - we couldn't have done it without you!

April 12, 2012, 7:06PM:

Jr. FLL Expo at Eagle Cove


A thank you to Maryland FIRST for inviting us to demo at Eagle Cove School in Pasadena. We enjoyed showing off our robots just as much as they enjoyed playing with them! Perhaps some future Power Hawks in the crowd?

March 31, 2012, 4:59PM:

Power Hawks are on the Search for New Nestlings


We are currently looking for both FRC (that's Varsity) and FTC (that's Junior Varsity) members for the 2012-13 season starting in the fall. Interested? Know someone who is? Check out the New Team Member Information Page for details. Applications are due the day of tryouts: April 12, 6pm-8pm for FRC and April 16-17, 6pm-8pm for FTC at South River High School. We look forward to seeing you there!

March 26, 2012, 4:06PM:

Soaring High at Chesapeake Regional


The Power Hawks had a great run at the Chesapeake Regional in Baltimore over the weekend! Despite a few early problems with communications and code, they were able to get back on their wheels and run 6 matches of consecutive balancing. In the end, the Power Hawks ranked 13th of 63 teams, being picked by the 3rd seed alliance, the Robodawgs team 216 and their partners the Robolions team 2199. While eliminated after three matches, the alliances placed 4th overall, making a great end to the robot competition. The Power Hawks were honored later with the Judges Award. This award recognizes a strong team that has passionate members, a well-developed business and organizational plan in the shoproom and in the community, and a plan for growing in the future. After a great season, and a fun regional of dancing, cheering and robot-driving the Power Hawks came away feeling good about St. Louis. Over these next few weeks they will be working on improving the robot design with the practice bot and gearing up for National and for the end of the year celebration.

March 5, 2012, 3:03PM:

The Power Hawks are going to Chesapeake!


Join the team March 9-10 at the Baltimore Convention center for some robot madness! Visit the team in the pits, catch a few matches and help us cheer on Havik and crew.

March 1, 2012, 3:03PM:

Congrats go to the JV teams


After all three teams got into states, they came away with a few awards and big smiles. Well done teams!

February 19, 2012, 9:25PM:

Robot Send-off and end of Week 6


The Power Hawks hosted their first-ever official robot send-off on Sunday Feb 19. With family, friends and sponsors in attendance, the Power Hawks were able to present their nominees for the Dean’s List and Woodie Flowers awards, show off the Chairman’s video and most importantly demo our robot, Havik (that’s dutch for hawk!). This was the perfect gear up ship day the 21st!

February 18, 2012, 9:25PM:

Play Day at Phelps High School


The Power Hawks are back from scrimmage at Phelps High School with mixed results. With communications errors with the robot in the first few matches had the team on edge, but there was a come back in the last two as we gained full control of the bot. We were able to practice on the full sized field and check out some of the other teams. Several mentors and students were able to stay for the day helping with inspecting, field tear-down, logistics and emceeing. We’re looking forward to Chesapeake Regional!

February 14, 2012, 10:44PM:

Week Five

After an intense 5th week, we finally have a robot! Though a name is still pending for our work, we have a bot that can pick up balls from the floor with a conveyor belt system, shoot using a hooded roller and balance on the bridge. With testing, we are 80% consistent with shooting at the top hoop – no small feat! We’re looking forward to an intense week of testing and refining as we enter the crunch of week 6.

February 14, 2012, 10:44PM:

Week Four

As week four winds down and the sawdust settles in the shop, we are left with an almost fully assembled robot. All the mechanisms are ready; awaiting final assembly and electrical rigging and the Programmers are anxiously awaiting the final robot to test some code. Now, we're ready to start thinking about competition - our inbounders and drivers are starting to be identified for our field crew, and the pit is being designed. Scouting is being planned and all of our award submissions are being finalized. Week five has never looked so promising..

February 5, 2012, 5:39PM:

Week Three

The progress has been phenomenal! We have submitted our Woodie Flowers award, assembled the drive system, have the encoders working on said system, the controls box is underway, the requirements document drafted and the mechanisms almost fully welded. CAD has assembled our robot on the computer, now we just need to bring it to life! If all goes well, we’ll have a robot by week four!

February 5, 2012, 5:30PM:

Week Two

We have a chassis built and an electrical board underway to send to programming for testing. Prototyping went well as we developed a few...interesting...models for a drive system that included a three wheel pyramid design, a mars rover, and an offset 6 wheel drive. The CAD team is busy at work sketching up our design ideas, and the mechanisms subteam is busy PADing (Paper Aided Design) a few of the more complex systems for a visual reference.


February 5, 2012, 5:22PM:

Week one

What progress! We were able to decide our strategy and start some prototyping this week as we broke off into rule analysis think groups. After breaking into small discussion groups, and pretending to be robots we have decided to be a primarily offensive robot, picking up from the floor and shooting at midlevel hoops, able to cross the field via the ramp. This will be an interesting five weeks of build!


Strategy Meeting

February 5, 2012, 5:14PM:


REBOUND RUMBLE ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE?! This year’s game, Rebound Rumble, proves to be interesting. The Power Hawks are ready to take on the challenge. You can check out the game here! (Youtube video

February 5, 2012, 5:10PM:

FLL Qualifier and Jr. FLL Expo

  • This year we hosted our third FLL Qualifier at South River, seeing 22 FLL teams from the greater Maryland, Virginia and DC area. It was so impressive what these students came up with for the Food Factor challenge - they certainly got us siked for our season!
  • This was also the first year we ran a Jr. FLL Expo that saw 13 teams - it’s great to see how many little kids like robots!
  • We would like to also say THANK YOU! to our judges, refs, volunteers and sponsors - we hope you enjoyed your time with us.

February 5, 2012, 5:07PM:

Sponsorship News

We were fortunate this year to receive significant donations and recognition from several area businesses, and we would like to take the opportunity to thank:

  • Righttime Medical in support of our FLL Qualifier
  • GSIPT for their team-themed donation
  • NASA for recognizing us with the honor of a home team
  • JC Penney for a grant to help us continue growing our FIRST outreach

January 24, 2012, 4:48PM:

Camp Letts Team Building Retreat

Even though our trip got delayed from the fear of Hurricane Irene, the Power Hawks were able to get out-of-doords for a weekend of teambuilding activities like a ropes course, year brainstorming session, campfire songs, basketball matches and, of course, team cheers! We were able to celebrate 11-11-11 11:11:11 as a whole, and we think that this is our year!

September 18, 2011, 6:20PM:

Safeway Raffle

The Power Hawks would like to thank Safeway for allowing us to hold a raffle there. It gave us the opportunity to raise just over $1000 and spread the message of FIRST to the community.

August 15, 2011, 11:37AM:



The Power Hawks Now Have A Facebook Page!


A place where all the latest team updates will be posted, along with pictures and other important team information. The page is located here, Don't forget to Like it!

August 15, 2011, 9:28AM:


The Richmond Regional

The power hawks had quite an exciting time at the Richmond regional this year. With a win/loss/tie record of 9/5/0 the power hawks were the 10th seeded team. This meant that they found themselves moved up into the 7th picking spot, and were able to choose their own alliance partners. The teams that they chose to play with were: Team 2068 The Metal Jackets, and Team 122 The Nasa Nights. With this strong alliance, the power hawks made it all the way to the Semi Finals, losing graciously to the 1st seeded team at the regional. The power hawks also submitted for chairman’s at Richmond, and although they did not win this award, they did win the Judges Choice Award, being called the FIRST Swiss Army knife.



Team Captain Taylor is meeting with captains from our Elimantion round aliance (Left). The powerhawks robot scores it's first ubertube during the autonomous period of the game (Top).


March 26, 2011, 9:28PM:

We're Goin' to Virginia!

Itinerary for Virginia Regional Competition Thursday, April 7, 2011 to Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

March 21, 2011, 11:35AM:

The Chesapeake Regional

The Power Hawks had a great time at the regional this last weekend! Our robot was seeded 21st by the end of regional and had even made its way up to 11th at one point. We were asked to join the 3rd seeded alliance for the double-elimination rounds, and of course we graciously accepted. Also, we earned the Pit Safety, Animation, and CAD Awards! We're looking forward to our next regional, the Richmond Regional, and plan to make whatever improvements we can based on what we've seen so far.  Our robot and drive team did very well, as can be seen in the following video that was from a practice match on the 17th:





Also, our match results can be found here.

February 22, 2011, 3:58PM:

Week 7: Complete



February 22, 2011, 11:06AM:

The Robot's Packed Up!

After 7 weeks of work, our robot is finally done and packed up. We have everything working, but have chosen to keep the arm behind (don't worry, it's under the weight limit). Below is a picture of our finished work:



We decided to go with an elevator and arm, along with a gripper for our tube carrying mechanism.  The gripper is capable of grabbing tubes, rotating them to the correct orientation, and then releasing them, while the elevator and arm adjust to get the gripper to the right scoring peg.  Meanwhile, we've implemented mecanum drive so that our robot has total control over the direction it goes.  Finally, our designed minibot and deployment system make for a speedy endgame which will hopefully lead us to victory!

February 19, 2011, 3:56PM:

Week 6: Complete



February 19, 2011, 6:38AM:

FLL Team Visits Us

The Maryland Metro Mechanics decided to pay us a visit on last Wednesday. The FLL team was one of those that competed in the South County Showdown FLL Qualifier that we hosted in December. We hope they had a good time looking at us work in what was the second to last week of build season. We were busy working, but also provided liaisons who showed the team around. They got to experience what FIRST® is like at the FRC level, and see our team in action (just like we had seen theirs in December). Thanks for coming!

February 12, 2011, 3:56PM:

Week 5: Complete



February 11, 2011, 11:43AM:

Righttime Medicare Posts About Their Support


Read the article which highlights the FLL Qualifier and their participation in it.


"Righttime Medical Care was pleased to sponsor the South River Power Hawks Robotics Club’s FIRST Lego League Qualifier. Dr. Robert G. Graw Jr., Righttime’s CEO, spoke at the opening ceremony recognizing the special group of children as tomorrow’s leaders in robotics and biomedical engineering. Righttime also provided a real-world example of innovation in medicine by hosting tours of its Mobile Care Center."

February 6, 2011, 6:32PM:

Articles by Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch


Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch, which covers local news and events, has spent quite a lot of time together with the Power Hawks.  Their editor and contributor Mitchelle Stephenson has written three different about the team and its members, which you should definitely take a look at!


February 5, 2011, 3:56PM:

Week 4: Complete



February 1, 2011, 10:30PM:

2011 Mid-Season Highlights Video

It's about halfway through build season, which started on January 8th and ends on February 22nd. Looking back, we've gotten a lot accomplished this month. This video looks at all of what we've done. It shows how the team has worked together every day for the past couple of weeks to get an awesome robot for the FRC Competitions!

January 30, 2011, 1:47PM:

Talons Win Inspire Award!

At the The South Central FTC Regional Qualifier (Penn State York Campus), Team #3796 Talons placed 9th in the qualifying rounds, and then were chosen by the 4th seeded alliance as partners. In the semi-finals, they were defeated by the 1st seeded alliance. Team #3583 Jr. Power Hawks placed 10th in the qualifying rounds and were nominated for the Motivate and Connect Awards.


Team #3796 won the Inspire Award (the greatest FTC award, similar to the FRC Chairman's Award)! The team did very well at their interview with the judges. Congratulations to our teams!

A Little Bit About the Inspire Award


"The Inspire Award is the most prestigious FTC award, and is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a role model FIRST Tech Challenge Team. The team that receives this award is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field.

Judges should use match performance, observations made during interviews and in the pit area, and the team’s Engineering Notebook as equal factors in determining the winner of this award.

The Inspire Award winning team will receive an invitation to advance to the next level event. If presented at a Qualifying Tournament, the team will receive an automatic invitation to participate in a Championship Tournament. If presented at a Championship Tournament, the team will receive an automatic invitation to participate at the World Championship Event."

January 29, 2011, 3:56PM:

Week 3: Complete



January 27, 2011, 11:40AM:

Two Team Members Recognized for Peer Mentor Awards


Victoria P. (FRC) and Bailey F. (FTC) are to be recognized for Peer Mentor awards.  In case you didn't already know, Bailey and Victoria head up the Power Hawks Academic Tutoring program at Central Middle School.  In the original article by Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch, Bailey and Victoria are recognized to receive Peer Mentor awards for South River High School and Central Middle School.  Be sure to congratulate them if you see them!

January 26, 2011, 2:27PM:

JV Going to Penn State


Our two FTC teams are going to compete in Penn State this weekend!  Don't forget to wish them luck, and go to the competition.

January 24, 2011, 6:26PM:

Look forward to some prototyping videos!

January 24, 2011, 3:19PM:

Decisions, Decisions


Today was a relatively decisive day.  With our Mecanum and Standard drive robots wired up and ready to test, we ran some benchmarks to see just which drive system would be more affective for the game.  However, programming ran into some problems and we did not get Mecanum drive programmed properly (EDIT: The following day, we got this working!  The team decided to go with mecanum drive for the final robot because of it's adequate speed and exceptional maneuverability).  This means we postpone the decision to a (hopefully soon) later day.


On the other hand, Mechanisms has decided to go with an elevator design to move game pieces up and down to reach different pegs.  After a structured but rigorous argument, it was determined that the elevator design (as opposed to a grapple-like design and telescoping arm) would be the best for what we want the robot to do.


Two weeks in with two working robots; we must have done something right.

January 22, 2011, 3:55PM:

Week 2: Complete



January 18, 2011, 7:03PM:

Spirit Wear Flyer


To order send an email to sandichapman@gmail.com

January 15, 2011, 1:54AM:

Week 1: Complete




Powerhawks Outreach



FTC Teams


ftc team With a surge of over 130 new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Magnet Program) students, we have started a third FTC team, the Mech Hawks #5178 to join the Power Hawks family. Having three teams offers more interested students a chance to experience FIRST for themselves.






FLL Qualifier


fll qualifier We have proudly hosted an FLL Qualifier for the third year in 2011, which saw 22 FLL teams from the greater Maryland, Virginia and DC area. We were able to recruit over 30 judges from prestigious organizations like NASA and Righttime Medical to participate.

This year we were also able to run a Jr. FLL Expo for 13 local teams to show off their projects.

We saw over 500 people in attendance, our FLL Qualifier Committee worked hard to bring everything together by the date, and the Power Hawks were done proud. Feel free to view our FLL Qualifier Website!


Academic Tutoring


The Power Hawks believe in reaching beyond robotics to help lay the foundations of science, mathematics and technology in the schools.  They have adopted a tutoring program in the local middle school that strives to help kids that may not have the resources or support at home to succeed academically.  The program operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays and has inducted over 30 tutors both from the team and from the high school at large.  The number of students at the middle school helped from the program reach near 100.

A normal afternoon of tutoring would consist of signing in and being sent to be a teacher's after school aid in classrooms with a number of students ranging from 10 to 20, or being assigned to a particular student whom may need special attention.  These students are those who generally need a mentor - a role model - to look up to through either a difficult middle school transition, family problems, or social problems.

The subjects that are covered range from basic language arts to high school geometry.  Most students need help in the mathematics and science courses, which we are happy to support.  This is the first year that the Power Hawks have run the program, and they have met considerable success.  Future plans would be to expand into the high school and the other feeder middle school.


Mentoring and Other FIRST Outreach

Our team mentors and supports over 15 FLL and Jr. FLL teams, and in many years quite a few have been Boys and Girls Club teams. We have also reached out to FRC teams in the area to help with organization, school relations, and 510(c)3 development.


Adopted-a-Soldier and other Collections


collection We Adopted-a-Soldier CW2 Steve who asked us for toys and warm clothing for children in a local village in the mountains of Afghanistan. We collected over 500 items for our "adopted village."  Additionally, we collected personal items for our other adopted soldier, Kirk.


Helping in every way possible, we colelcted $245 for the American Red Cross after the Haiti earthquake for the Haiti Relief fund.  Also, we collected over 100 pairs of shoes for "Soles for Souls" and over 400 books for pre-schoolers and seniors.


We also helped collect e-cycling and promoted recycling at South River High School's "Campus Clean-Up Day."


We have greeted soldiers at Dulles Airport in Operation Welcome Home, and gave the first ever donation of Birthday Boxes to the Ronald McDonald House charities in Baltimore.


At the moment we are collecting warm clothes and collecting blankets for the homeless, and we have forged a connection with FoodLink of Annapolis.

Spreading the Spirit of FIRST®


  • We attended a mixer at the Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, speaking to many local tech companies
  • We showed off our ambassador robot “Pedro” at Homestead Garden’s October Fest
  • We “Flocked” local communities letting them know that South River High School students are building robots and strong leaders
  • We enjoyed “Reverse Trick-or-Treating” where we gave out candy bars (wrapped with information about Team 1111) to local communities on Halloween
  • We gave a presentation at ARINC about what the Power Hawks Robotics Team is all about
  • We invited elected officials to come watch us build our robot and then compete in Washington DC
  • Maryland State Senator Edward Reilly accepted our invitation (February 16) and came to see what the Power Hawks Robotics Team 1111 was up to!
  • Several Demos including: Andrews Air Force Base, Menchies





Our team has a couple of recurring fundraisers that we tend to do every year.  Below is a list of most of them; it is a great resource for any team looking for fundraising ideas!


A Car Wash


car wash This time honored fundraiser proves to be quite sucessful.  Rather than selling car washes, the idea is to sell concessions.  This keeps the customers (victims) coming in and, of course, getting hungry so buying something to eat.  Once they've gotten something to eat, they'll definitely go for a drink.  This fundraiser needs about 15 people to pull off well, and money is raised through concession sales and donations.  Remember not to forget saying what the fundraiser is for and implying that they support the cause.  We've seen this fundraiser gather upwards of a thousand dollars for the team!  This is a nice fundraiser during summer down-time.


A Raffle


raffle For this fundraiser, tickets are sold for a chance to win a gift card.  It is important to approach potential customers and tell them about your cause, and only afterwards ask if they'd like to buy a raffle ticket.  The secret to pulling this off is to talk to people who might actually be interested in whatever it is you are looking to fund (usually your robotics team).



Setting Up a Booth at a Festival


homestead sale In our area, Homestead Gardens (a local gardening store) hosts a fall festival every year.  We take this opportunity to set up a stand and show off our team.  This includes setting up our showcase robot, Pedro, and driving him around a bit.  Usually the team will run a raffle for a means to make money, but the place to do it is at a festival like the fall festival.  This fundraiser helps you work on your social skills as well.







This is a team #1111 special.  The idea? Put pink flamingos in your neighbors front yard when they don't notice.  Attached to the flamingos are a flyer that states our cause and allows the victim to donate.  The best part is that the victim is now allowed to pick another neighbor's yard to flock as a reward for donation, and the cycle continues.  This is a fun and exciting fundraiser that really gets the community involved.





Duct Tape Flowers


This is a great way to rock your geek chic and celebrate robotics in the community. We typically sign up for two booths at a craft fair, one for the product, and one for a robotics display. We also have arranged to sell these products during school lunches around Valentine’s and Mother’s day. Other times to sell would be around school dance times and, if you can arrange it, a Geek Week run by your team!





Build Subteams


Build Operations Officer

This person serves as a system engineer for the subteams and a shop manager. This person is also responsible for developing the Work Break Down Structure used to guide the season deadlines. They work closely with the Team Executive Officer to develop a plan of action and meeting goals/agendas.



Build Support

This multi-subset group work on competition field mock-up, crate construction and shipping details, research and documentation. This group plays a pivotal role in maintaining communication among the subteams and record keeping for future years.




cad This group is responsible for working with other subteams to rapid prototype designs of the robot. This helps to save money, time and unnecessary effort on the part of mech to refine designs that could have been identified as trouble beforehand. This program allows us to analyze designs and plan out our bot before we hit the shop room.









Animations is responsible for developing the storyboard and executing the plot line in the FIRST animation challenge using 3Ds Max. This group works on both the safety animation, and the year specific challenge given during the build season.





Drive is responsible for designing and building the chassis and drive system. The captain is responsible for keeping the team working quickly, designing the steering, chassis and drive systems, working with other subteams to meet chassis needs, and teaching/training other members on the drive system.











electrical This group is responsible for the power distribution to the robot. They connect the various motors and other components used by the mechanisms and drive teams to the power distribution panel. Electrical also wires up various systems for the programming and controls subteams. The captain is responsible for keeping everyone focused, designing the electrical system around space constraints, creating the electrical map and providing electrical support for prototypes.








mech This group is responsible for creating different parts on the robot that directly interact with the field game pieces, and occasionally other robots. The captain is responsible for keeping the team on task and working efficiently, facilitating the design of the structure and mechanisms, integrate mechanisms with systems of other teams, and work with the CAD team to adjust designs as necessary to avoid conflict. This group is often subject to change based upon the game each year. In the 2011 game, Logomotion, a minibot subset was added to design the pole climbing attachment to the larger robot.


This year, Mechanisms got a new addition, the Minibot sub-subteam.  This team is responsible for building the minibot(s) which will participate in the endgame for Logo Motion.  It was created the day that the game was released as a reaction to the completely new game component.





prog The programming team plays a huge responsibility in making the robot work. The language used to program the robot is LabView, which is what the JV teams use. The other options for programming the robot include programming in Java, or using C++. At the beginning of the build season, programming team works with the other sub-teams to write up a list of requirements that each sub-team expects programming to accomplish. With doing this programming team ensures that whatever it makes the robot do is exactly what the other sub-teams intended upon. Other major tasks that the team works on aside from just programming is setting up the cRIO and driver station, as well as working with Controls sub-team to configure the controls system.

Resources(Right Click -> Save As):
Robotics Laptop Setup Directions v13
2010 Robotics Requirements v10
Robotics Reset Guide v04
2011 Robotics Requirements
2011 Robotics Requirements Matrix




controls Controls is responsible for creating the interface used to let the driver and operator communicate to, and control, the robot. Controls must also keep in touch with other subteams to incorporate any changes into the controls board or program. They also design and create the wiring layouts for the control panel, as well as work with drivers to create the most efficient controls. They research and implement various sensors on the robot, and also connect all PWM wires.  





Business Committees


Business Operations Officer

This person is responsible for overseeing all of the business committees and serving as the communication link for all of these. This person controls what the committees do and serves as the face of the Power Hawks in terms of marketing and public relations. They work closely with the Team Executive Officer to confirm all actions align with the sustainability/business plan.

Financial Operations Officer

The FOO  works to track all money coming into the team and going into the school-held robotics account. This includes spirit wear money, fundraising profit and competition payments.


Part of Treasury, financial committee brainstorms and implements fundraisers for the team.  Without this committee's idea and plans, the team would have less monetary support.  This committee is mission critical to keeping the team well funded.



The animation committee makes animations for the safety video award and other animation awards.  It works with 3D Studio Max to make these animations and submits them for the award.



This committee keeps track of events that the Power Hawks plan on attending.  It also looks for new events that the Power Hawks could go to.


Community Service

Helping out our community is very important to us, so we have a committee that works with doing just that.  The community service committee finds and arranges things that our team can do to help the community out, such as book drives and volunteer work.



Build Support

This committee is in charge of research, documentation, and safety during build season.  The committee takes pictures and keeps track of the team's progress over build season, and also ensures that safety is enforced throughout the season.  Additionally, this committee constructs a faux game field to practice with, and designs & builds the pit for competitions.



WE GOT SPIRIT, YES WE DO; WE GOT SPIRIT, HOW ABOUT YOU?!  The spirit committee is in charge of designing spiritwear for the team, organizing the purchase and distribution of said items, and much more.  Other activities include arranging spirit-related props for competitions.


This group creates promotional material, creates press releases and designs the team ‘image.’ Members learn how to use photoshop and other photo/video editing software to develop designs and create materials.

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2009 Build and DC Regional Gallery


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2009 Chesapeake Regional Gallery


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2010 Build Season Gallery


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2010 Build Season Videos


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2010 Chairman's Award Video Entry


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2011 Build Season Gallery
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2011 Animoto Videos
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2012 Pictures
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2012 Duel on the Delaware

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