The Baltimore Bolts, team #6326, is Baltimore City’s only FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team. Students from across Baltimore City Public High Schools designed, built, and coded a robot in 7 weeks, to compete in this year’s FRC challenge: Infinite Recharge.
The Baltimore Bolts had a busy year! Since the completion of last season, they competed in three off-season competitions in the fall with their 2019 robot, where the advanced to the qualifying rounds at each competition! They added 8 new students, bringing their total to 15, and in January they moved to a new, larger practice location in Woodberry. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Bolts were unable to compete this season, but they are hopeful they will be able to show off their robot, Darth Bolt, during the 2020 Fall season!
The Baltimore Bolts are in their 4th 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 6 seniors will be attending college this fall, and 5 of them plan on majoring in STEM fields.
2020 is the third season that Emergent has financially supported the Bolts, as well as the third season Emergent employee, Jennifer King, has helped mentor the team.