Event Info


The Battle O’ Baltimore is an off-season FIRST FRC competition sponsored by The Maryland Robotics Alliance (formerly known as the Baltimore Area Alliance), an alliance of teams across the state of Maryland.  These teams have united to strengthen and support FIRST FRC mentors in the area.

Pit Area. Each team will be assigned a standard 10′ x 10′ area.  Each area will have a table, chair(s) and power.  Teams are encouraged to bring power strips, additional power extensions, etc. and should label all equipment with their team number.  No food or beverage will be permitted in the Pits.

Information Packet 2021 can be found here.
A flyer can be downloaded here.

Important Note!

We will be using the 2021 rules and updated FMS code.
Please be sure you have updated the robot code to be compatible before you arrive!

Covid Restrictions

For the 2021 Battle O’ Baltimore, the MRA will follow all requirements dictated by the State of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the Baltimore County Public Schools, that are in effect at the time of the competition.

Food and Snacks

Dulaney HS will be coordinating team pre-orders. Watch for an e-mail.

Rule Changes

There are no rule changes for this event!


This is the tentative award schedule for 2021:

Fort McHenry Champion Award – Sponsor TBD

Fort McHenry’s refusal to give up in 1814 despite repeated British attacks exemplifies the perseverance of a winning team. This Award is presented to Battle O’ Baltimore champions.

Ramparts Finalist Award – Sponsor TBD

The Ramparts are the wall where the stalwart citizen-soldiers defended Baltimore from attack. This Award is presented to Battle O’ Baltimore finalists.

Commodore Rodgers Mentor Award

John Rodgers commanded the USS President, which fired the first shot of the War of 1812. This award goes to the Mentor of the Battle who best exemplifies FIRST goals and values.

Battle of North Point Volunteer Award

The stalwart militiamen of Baltimore withstood repeated attacks by the British army until the British gave up at North Point just east of Baltimore.  This award goes to a volunteer at the Battle O’ Baltimore selected by the other volunteers for selfless service to Maryland Robotics.

Star Spangled Banner Award

Our nation’s anthem celebrates the cooperative effort of citizen-soldiers to defend Baltimore. This Award goes to the team that has demonstrated the FIRST ideals of gracious professionalism and coopertition.

Armistead Engineering Innovation Award,  sponsored by TAI Engineering

Walker Armistead was the Chief Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; his brother George commanded Ft. McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore. The Armistead Engineering Innovation Award goes to the team that uses engineering innovation in a very specific manner in the design of their robot.

The Sam Smith Unsung Hero Award

Sam Smith heroically led the defense of Baltimore during the attack, and saved his beloved city. This loss led the British government to quickly negotiate an end to the war. This award is presented at the discretion of the event organizers, to recognize a team or individual that provided “above and beyond” service to the event.