Local Outreach

The Robo-Lions have an extensive local STEM Outreach Program!  After all why build an amazing multi-thousand dollar robot and not show anybody!  If you’d like us to bring the “big robot” to your event please contact mentor Tom Milnes at [email protected].

Robo-Lions Summer Camps

The Robo-Lions held their first Lego Fun Camp in the Summer of 2012 featuring Lego Mindstorms Robotics.  Multiple camps were held through the Summer of 2019; however, COVID-19 forestalled camps in 2020 and 2021. Camps returned in 2022.  This summer we will be having camps at at Carroll Community College as part of their Kids@Carroll (Ages 5-11) >> Technology Know-How Kids program.

Lego Fun Camp
2015 Lego Fun Camp

Assistive Technology Support

Carroll County Public Schools Assistive Technology group developed problems with their Cooper Car – a device that allows mobility for young children who are too small for electric wheelchairs and asked the Robo-Lions for help.  The Robo-Lions were able to fix the Cooper Car and were asked whether they could build similar devices (which retailed for ~ $3000 initially).

Cooper Car
Robo-Lions Pose with Repaired Cooper Car for Disabled Students

Current Assistive Technology efforts include miniature golf playing robots for wheel chair bound students.  These robots were designed in CAD by Robo-Lions team members and made of 3-D printed parts on a 3-D printer made possible by the support of the Maryland Space Business Roundtable.

Prototype Miniature Golf Robot

Roar of the Robots FLL Qualifier

Every year in December / January the Robo-Lions host the Roar of the Robots FLL Qualifier which allows teams to move forward to the FLL State Tournament at UMBC.  The event includes demos by the Robo-Lions and all the PIE Cubed robotics teams.

FLL Preparations
Robo-Lions Referees Confer Before FLL Matches Start

The Roar of the Robots FLL Qualifier is a two day event with 56 FLL teams competing (48 from Carroll County!!), which makes it the largest such event in the Chesapeake District (Maryland, DC, and Virginia).

Elementary School Science Visits

The Robo-Lions regularly visit local elementary schools to demonstrate the big robot and explain how it works!

Freedom ES 2015
Robo-Lions Demonstrate the Josh 3.0 at Eldersburg ES

Library Visits

The Robo-Lions have an extensive library visit program including the Summer Reading kickoff at Eldersburg library, and the “May the Fourth Be With You” Star Wars reading program at Mt. Airy Library.  This year we started a “Pumpkin Smash” demo using a repurposed form of our 2015 Robot the Josh 3.0.

Summer Reading
Robo-Lions with Robot at Eldersburg Library Summer Reading Kickoff
Jar Jar Binks
Robo-Lion as Jar Jar Binks at Mt. Airy Library
Pumpkin Smash
Successful Pumpkin Smash at Mt. Air Library

Girl Scout Events

The Robo-Lions have held numerous events for Girl Scouts including Robotics Badge workshops.

Girl Scout Camp
Girls Scouts and Robots – A Terrific Combination!

Carroll County Public Schools Spotlight on Youth Event

The Robo-Lions annually participate in the Carroll County Public Schools “Spotlight on Youth” event.  Mentors judge the many Middle School Science and Engineering projects while team members demonstrate the robot.

Spotlight on Youth
Robo-Lions at Spotlight on Youth Event

Community Events

The Robo-Lions have supported many community events in Carroll County, Maryland and look forward to being involved in many more!

Harvest Festival at Holy Lutheran
2013 Frisbee Shooting Robot with Little Ninjas at Holy Lutheran Church Harvest Festival