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The CSM Robotics Challenge was started in 2007 as one of the projects funded through the college's National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

This event has grown over the years to become the premier robotics competition event in Southern Maryland. In 2007, twelve teams from four high schools competed. The following year, in 2008, twenty three teams from thirteen schools competed. In 2009, with the introduction of the junior division of competition, the competition grew to over sixty teams from forty schools.

In 2013, a new league format was introduced in the senior division with the VEX Robotics Competition. The league format provides more opportunities for teams to play each other prior to the culminating championship event.

In 2014, there were 40 teams in the senior division, with representation from almost every high school in the tri-county region; 16 schools in the new VEX IQ competition designed for middle school students who had previous LEGO experience; and almost 90 teams in the junior division split between Middle School LEGO teams and Elementary School Lego teams.

In 2015, the senior division VEX League had grown so large that it was divided into separate high school and middle school leagues. A total of 53 teams competed across both leagues. The junior division LEGO competition also grew and required preliminary qualifier competitions leading up to the championship.

In 2016, 39 public school teams participated in VRC high school, 24 public school teams participated in VRC middle school, 25 public school teams participated in VEX IQ, and 58 public school teams participated in LEGO events, as well as a number of non-public school organizations.

Each year the program continues to grow and improve. In addition, the CSM Talons College Robotics team has proved to be force on the world stage of VEX U Robotics competition. In the fall of 2012 and 2013, the team traveled to Purdue University and received the Tournament Champion and Excellence Award at the Purdue Robotics Challenge, besting other two-year colleges, four-year colleges and universities. In April of 2015, the college team traveled to the VEX World Robotics Championship and made it to the playoff rounds in the collegiate (VEX U) division. They also earned the Community Award in recognition of their involvement and support of CSM’s robotics outreach programs. In 2016, the team travelled to West Virginia, winning both Tournament Champion and the Excellence Award at the West Virginia State Tournament against 16 two- and four-year colleges and universities, winning a spot at the VEX World Robotics Championship. The Talons recently competed April 2017 at the VEX World Robotics Championship, ranking fourth in their division and winning the Innovate award for their robot design. They look forward to competing in 2018 among other college students at the World Championship.


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  • Wear sneakers or other appropriate footwear for gymnasium floor
  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the arena (pit area and playing fields)
  • Only registered team members and coach are allowed in the arena. Spectators can watch the matches from the bleachers accessible from the second floor


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