The Baltimore Bolts, team #6326, is Baltimore City’s only FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team. 9 students from across Baltimore City Public High Schools designed, built, and coded a robot in 6 weeks, to compete in this year’s FRC challenge: Destination Deep Space. They competed in two regional competitions, Bethesda on March 9-10, and Owings Mills on March 16-17, with their robot, Shango. They received the Team Spirit Award at the Bethesda competition. Upon completion of the main competition season, the students will continue to modify and improve their robot and will compete in multiple off-season competitions in the fall.
The Baltimore Bolts are in their 3rd year and are open to any student that attends a Baltimore City Public High School. They have had students from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Western High, National Academy Foundation, REACH! Partnership, Baltimore City College, Benjamin Franklin at Masonville Cove, Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Bolts’ mission is to give student team members the inspiration and skills needed to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing through competitive robotics. All 7 program alumni are pursuing degrees in STEM, and the two senior students will be attending college in the fall, also pursuing STEM degrees.
2019 is the second season that Emergent has supported the Bolts, as well as the second season Emergent employee, Jennifer King, has helped mentor the team.