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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.

Since 2016, both leagues have been going strong with representation from nearly every public middle and high school in the tri-county area, as well as a number of non-public school organizations.

In addition, the CSM College Robotics team has proved to be force on the national stage.  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, they returned to the world championship where they competed with other top teams.


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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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