Get Ready for BoB 2018!

Save the date!

The Battle O Baltimore 2018 will be held on Saturday, September 22nd 2018 at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD.

Registration packets will be going out soon to teams that participated last year. If you missed it last year but would like a packet, please contact us using the contact form on the website, or send an e-mail to: bob@mdrobotalliance.org

Be sure to watch this space for more details as they develop.

See you there!

MRA Summer Seminars for Mentors 2018

Get your calendars out and reserve Saturday June2, 2018 for the first MRA Summer Seminar for Mentors.

The session will run from 8:30AM to 1:00PM at the USRA Center in Columbia, MD.

There will be a get together after the event at a local establishment for anyone interested.

Register now from the Events menu!

Download a flyer here.

MD Legislation Opportunity: Removing Robotics Grant tie to Public Schools

Greetings Mentors! Yet some more legislation for you to consider.

Did you know that Maryland has a robotics grant program, available for teams affiliated with public schools? I certainly did not! (The link is to the 2017 process, but I assume there will be a similar one in 2018, assuming the money is in the 2018 budget.)

As mentioned however, the grant program currently is only available for programs affiliated with public schools. So, if your team is NOT affiliated with a public school, then you are currently ineligible. However, a bill currently making its way through the Maryland legislature is Senate Bill 665. This bill would modify the language of the bill to allow any robotics club to apply for grant funding, regardless of whether it is affiliated with a public school.

If this sounds like something you are interested in supporting (or even opposing), please see this document for instructions on how to submit commentary, or for planning to attend the hearing (which is scheduled for 28 February, 2018).