News and Updates

Volunteers Needed!

REACT, Inc. is looking for volunteers to support the 2020 First Lego Leauge Qualifier at Allegany College of Maryland in January.

The qualifer will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Bob Kirk Arena, Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Rd, Cumberland, MD 21502. We are looking for volunteers to serve as judges, referees, and scorekeepers. No experience is needed!

CLick here information on how to sign up and a description of available roles.

4H Robotics Challenge

On July 16th & 17th, sixty-two students on ten teams supported by REACT, Inc. competed in the 4-H Robotics Challenge at the Allegany County Fair. The event, which was funded by a grant from AES Warrior Run, was attended by over 150 spectators. This tournament served as a qualifier for the August 25th 4-H Robotics Challenge at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium. On July 16th, Fort Hill High School's robotics team, Sentinel Circuiteers, along with Bishop Walsh's team, competed in the 4-H Robotics Engineering Challenge. On July 17th, seven local elementary school and community teams competed in the LEGO Robotics Challenge. The top two teams from each age division will advance to the state tournament, where they will do their best to make Allegany County proud.

Robots For Everyone!

For a second straight year, a grant from the Community Trust Foundation and the Ted A. Wolfe Community Fund is enabling REACT, Inc. to establish five new FIRST Lego League teams. REACT, Inc. will provide each new team with about $2,500 worth of robotics equipment, host a new coaches clinic and team mini-camp, and buy each team's t-shirts. This represents the achievement of a major goal for REACT, Inc.: to help create a competitive robotics team at every elementary school in Allegany County. Thanks, CTF!

ACPS Third-Grade Robotics

Third Grade Robotics Pyramid

Starting in November of 2018, third grade students in Allegany County Public Schools began receiving six hours of foundational robotics lessons provided by the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Educator, Jessica Mellon. During the unit, students work in pairs to build robots using LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits and then program the robots using iPads.

REACT, Inc. selected third grade to increase interest in the competitive robotics opportunities that begin in fourth grade. It is our hope that, by introducing students to robotics/programming/engineering at a younger age, the gender and racial disparity that occurs once students reach high school and college will decrease.

Fort Hill High School's New Robotics Team

Third Grade Robotics Pyramid

The Fort Hill robotics team, the Sentinel Circuiteers, completed their first FTC season in January. The FIRST Tech Challenge program challenges teams to design, build, program, and operate robots to complete a series of tasks in a head-to-head competition format. The Fort Hill team built and programmed their robot from scratch starting in September and culminating in the Western Maryland FTC Qualifier in January.

The team will move on to compete in a similarly styled competition sponsored by 4-H at the Allegany County Fair in July. Funding and materials for the team were provided by REACT, Inc. through a grant from the DelFest Foundation.