Newsletter #1

FIRST Chesapeake Regional #1 News

Check out our accomplishments at the First Chesapeake Regional #1, Haymarket, VA
on March 2nd - 3rd.
Team 1418

[A message from Senior Mentor John Ballou]

Dear GMHS Robotics Community, 


Well, we did it again. Your George Mason Robotics team were finalists
at the Chesapeake District Event in Haymarket Virginia this weekend.
We lost the playoff championship by one point in the last two matches
after winning the first final match by the high score of the entire
weekend. All of our stats are nicely enumerated on the Blue Alliance
site at We want to
thank our partners, Team 614 the Night Hawks from Hayfield High
School, our alliance captain, and Team 6543, puma Tech from the
Pinnacle Academy. It was fantastic playing with and against the best
teams at the event.

We found our stride after 11 qualification matches, twice almost
completing a rocket tower game element by seconds, a feat no one else
in the world has succeeded in completing at the time of this story.

We also brought home the trophy for Excellence in Engineering for the
first time in our fifteen years of robotics.

 Many of the teams were very complimentary of our robot and our team,
who accumulated a record of outstanding scoring, especially with
hatches. Many thought our design one of the best on the field, able to
score quickly and climb consistently at the end of each match.  Videos
will be posted soon, but check the blue alliance page to see the
detailed stats. I especially recommend watching the finals matches to
appreciate how hard-fought this competition became.

We ended up accumulating 57 district qualifying points for our area
championships at George Mason University this April. Currently, we are
ranked 7th out of 127 teams in our district. We will be competing at
our next event at Oxon Hill High School in three weeks, March 22 –
24th.  Plan to come to this event near National Harbor to cheer on
this outstanding robotics team.  Our students have made our school and
community proud, and have started this season excelling in mind and
body and machine. 

John D. Ballou

Senior Mentor, FRC Team 1418

George Mason High School

Image Credit: Team Member Rachel

1418 Vae Victis |Finals Match #1 | 

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1418 Vae Victis | Finals Match #2 |

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1418 Vae Victis | Finals Match #3 |

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Caught on the web!

Several of the GMHS Faculty showed there support for Team 1418 by wearing our team shirt and coming out to the competition. We appreciate you!

Fundraising Events

Thanks everyone that came out to support the Fundraiser at Pizzeria Orso. Not only did the team have a great team meal, we pulled in $366.00 to support the team.
Auction Item Needed for Falls Church Education Foundation Gala and Auction on May 17th
The Falls Church Education Foundation Gala and Auction will be held at Washington Golf and Country Club on Friday, May 17th.  The FCEF has agreed to allow the Robotics Team to include an item in the auction, so we need to determine an item that will hopefully yield a high bid.  The auction consists of both a Silent Auction and a Live Auction.  Past items in the Silent Auction have been things such as passes to fitness facilities; restaurant gift cards; passes to entertainment venues; etc.  The Live Auction has included high dollar things such as use of a beach house for a week.
If you have an idea for an auction item that the Robotics Team can put forth for this year’s auction, please contact Tom Updike ( by March 22nd

Keeping up with FRC Team 1418

FRC Team 1418 thanks our sponsors for their support this season.
Booz Allen Hamilton | The McGuire Group | vektre |
AFCEA NOVA |George Mason High School | Flippin' Pizza | CycleBar of Falls Church | Dixie Sheet Metal | John Chang | The Families of Team 1418
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