A Robust STEM workforce strengthens our space community
America’s aerospace workforce is aging and Maryland’s workforce is no exception. In order to sustain US leadership in space, advance scientific exploration, provide accurate weather forecasting, and support our warfighter we must develop the next generation of scientists and engineers, and at a rapid pace. Our goal is to encourage STEM leadership in Maryland for a future thriving aerospace workforce.
MSBR has provided over 26 grants supporting STEM education
Our STEM investments are broad across the entire Maryland region. The MSBR provided assistance to twenty-one organizations and expanded the reach of our STEM programs including a focus on under-served populations.
Read below about our grant recipients projects for 2022.
Applications for 2023 funding available in October
The Baltimore Bolts are a 6th year FIRST Robotics Competition Team composed of Baltimore City high school students. Students work side-by-side with STEM professionals to design, program, and build a robot that performs an annual challenge.
Baltimore City Engineering Alliance
The Baltimore City Engineering Alliance supports STEM classrooms in Baltimore City Public Schools. This year they hosted an in-person Engineering Symposium, with 95 high school Seniors presenting their Capstone projects at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Camp Invention is a weeklong summer enrichment program for youth, grades K-6, focusing on developing creative, inventive thinking and problem-solving skills through hands-on STEM content. Camp fosters 21st Century competencies, encouraging children to design and prototype novel, innovative and useful inventions that meet needs, solve problems, and have value.
Centennial Robotics Inc.
Centennial Robotics Inc. sponsored three (3) student-lead teams competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge for their parts, transportation, and outreach material. Teams Cryptic #20123 and Epsilon #20124 continued from the regional tournament to the state-level championship, winning numerous awards along the way.
The Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
The Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering held its annual STEM EXPO virtually in April. The event included a panel of current engineering students who discussed their transition to college, majors, and past internships and a virtual hands-on activity facilitated by undergraduate engineering students.
The team worked hard over this past season to train their members in STEM and the engineering design process. At the state tournament, they were division finalists with the highest score for their qualifying bracket. Their outreach activities this year included hosting a Lego Robotics workshop at an elementary school and sharing Their resources with other teams to help make them more successful.
Future Innovative Rising Engineers and Entrepreneurs (FIRE)
FIRE is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-based organization. Seventy-five students participated in building & launching rockets, programming & operating robots, and racing RC cars.
Foundational Learning and Mentorship Experience (FLAME)
FLAME seeks to empower the next generation of STEM leaders by encouraging the interests of underrepresented students through experiment-based after-school mentorship programs which help to close the socioeconomic education gap.
RC Team 7770 Infinite Voltage, based in the Bel Air, Maryland area, includes high school students from across Harford County. This year, the team built a robot that scored high enough at qualifying events to compete at District Championships.
The team designed and created a robot, named Rocky Road, and successfully competed in this year’s game “Rapid React.” The robot was able to pick up large oversized tennis type balls, called cargo, and then dump the balls into a basin like structure called the Low-Hub.
The team built their FIRST Robotics robot “Mr. Chompster,” to participate in robotics competitions, as well as recruiting and training middle and high school students in STEM skills. During their six month build session, they trained students in design, programming, and metal, plastic and electronic construction skills while conducting team building exercises and game strategies. This culminated in winning two awards at regional competitions.
Maryland Institute College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Baltimore School for the Arts
This astro-animation project aims to bring STEAM learning to diverse groups. The team investigated how animation combined with science can increase interest with a young audience.
Patriots Technology Training Center
The Patriots, under the coordination and direction of Justin Graves and the E-Sports Team, hosted four E-sports Tournaments/STEM Careers Summits. The E-Sports Summits included video tournaments and workshops/competitions showcasing STEM careers in the E-Sports Industry.
River Hill Science Olympiad Team
The River Hill Science Olympiad team competed in multiple local invitationals and regional and state competitions in Maryland. The team achieved 3rd place at regionals and 2nd place at the state competition.
SilverSat is a youth-led organization dedicated to igniting a passion for space engineering and science tweens and teens. Their team of twenty students designed and launched a CubeSat into Earth orbit through NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative.
Team 2537 Atholton Space RAIDers is the robotics team of Atholton High School located in Columbia, Maryland. The SpaceRAIDers were established in 2008 to provide students with unique hands-on STEM education opportunities through participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).
The Squirrels built multiple competition robots and had a great experience competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).
Team 1727 REX
Team 1727 REX is the only public school FIRST Robotics team competing in the Chesapeake District. They won the Autonomous and Quality awards at regional competitions, expanded team outreach programs, and hosted one of the largest FIRST offseason competitions called Battle of Baltimore.
The Blair Robot Project
Students on Team 449: The Blair Robot Project worked collaboratively to build and compete with a well-designed and fabricated robot. Recently, the team won two DC District Qualifier competitions and competed at the Chesapeake District Championship.
UMD Loop project is a micro tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Boring Company’s Not a Boring Competition. The 2-foot diameter machine digs a 100-foot tunnel, and is scored on its ability to do so with the tightest turn in the shortest amount of time.