Newsletter #2

GMHS Robotics: Team 1418 News

Check out our accomplishments at the First Chesapeake District #2, Oxon Hill, MD
on March 23rd - 24th.
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Dear GMHS Robotics Community, 

Team 1418 won a Chesapeake district qualifying championship this
weekend at the Oxon Hill high school near the National Harbor. 39
teams competed for qualifying points this weekend towards the district
finals in three weeks. Our team was picked by Chantilly Robotics Team
612 and joined once again by the pumaTech team 6543 to win two
quarterfinal games, two out of three semi-final games and two out of
three finals to end up overall champions for the first time since

The team performed superbly against some very competitive and well
design machines. The gym was loud and raucous. It helped to be allied
to 612, probably the biggest and loudest cheering section at the
event. There were moments when it looked uphill,  but the team played
beautifully and with poise. Their consistent accuracy really paid off.

We accumulated an above average record in twelve qualifying matches,
ranked 7th at the end of a day and a half of competition. Chosen by
Chantilly as their number one pick, Team 1418, Vae Victis proved to be
a very successful scorer, the focus of much of the defense that was
thrown at our alliance during the finals. Our team was considered by
many to be one of the three best robots at the event; the two higher
ranked scorers suffered mechanical failures in the semifinals leaving
us to dominate the rest of the playoffs. If you missed the online
stream of this event, our matches can be found at

Our team was also awarded the Innovation in Control Award sponsored by
Rockwell Automation, a trophy team 1418 has earned four times in the
past. We continue our tradition of being one of the best schools for
programming as well as very capable of building competitive machines
for each year's challenge.

We were also recognized for our safety program, a challenge to
headstrong and preoccupied drive teams. Our safety captain was awarded
the Star of the Day for helping a number of other teams improve their
safety programs.

We have now accumulated 125 district points, currently ranked number
three in the Chesapeake District which is made up of 129 teams from
Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. We have easily earned a spot in
the District Finals that will be held at George Mason University’s
Patriot Center April 10 to the 13th.  Our team will face the very best
teams in our district at this coming competition. They proved
themselves beautifully this past weekend against a number of these
teams, and are looking forward to doing their best in this larger
arena. If successful there, we might have a very good chance of being
invited to compete at this year’s FIRST Championships in Detroit late
in April.

John D. Ballou

Senior Mentor, FRC Team 1418

George Mason High School

Safety Captain Stephanie wins the STAR of the Day Award!

For Star of the Day, the winner’s name and team affiliation will be displayed on a poster near pit administration for the duration of the competition. This individual is presented with a small token of appreciation. This award can go to any student, mentor or volunteer who, in the opinion of the safety advisor(s) and FIRST Robotics Competition participants, has made a noteworthy contribution to promoting a culture of safety and is a person that the rest of the FIRST community should emulate for their safety practices.
Thanks to Stephanie's hard work keeping the team safe, we also received the Hard Hat Pin Award: Safety Award Finalists recognition. 
sparks flying
Sandstorm Driving
Waiting to play
Sasha and Kevin help out
Photo Credit: Team Member Rachel

1418 Vae Victis | FIRST Week #4 Finals Match #1

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1418 Vae Victis | FIRST Week #4 Finals Match #2

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1418 Vae Victis | FIRST Week #4 Finals Match #3

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Caught on the Web!

Go @Robotics1418 ! So excited to see you battle it out @FIRSTChesapeake in Oxon Hill!

Volunteers @FIRSTChesapeake helping make today’s competition fun and fair and organized!@FCCPS @Robotics1418 @CAS IN action

Faculty Support!

Mr. Erick stops by to support the team
Ms. Planas stops by to support the team
FCCPS Faculty showed support for Team 1418 by coming out to the competition. We appreciate you!

Fundraising Events

March 30th BAKE SALE at the FC Farmer's Market. Prepare and share your best baked goods to support the team.

Please come out to support this fundraising event. 
The team will host an after school club at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Thursdays starting on May 2nd. Baroody Camps has pledge to give the team 100% of the club fees.


  • [When Invited] 2019 FIRST Chesapeake District Championship, GMU - April 10th - 13th - Schedule 
  • [If Invited] 2019 FIRST Championship (Worlds), Detroit, MI - April 24th - 27th 

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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