A Lasting Lesson in Perseverance: CSM Robotics Challenge Junior Division

Elementary, Middle School Students Compete in 2011 CSM Robotics Challenge

The Hollywood Elementary Loco Legos dominated much of the competition May 7 at the 2011 College of Southern Maryland Robotics Challenge Junior Division at the La Plata Campus, earning an average score of 390 during the qualification round. Three of their matches came with perfect scores of 400.

            They ended the day of competition with the team members’ arms loaded with trophies for Robot Performance, First Place and the prestigious Excellence Award.

            “The kids spent hundreds of hours working on the robot, programming and the project,” said returning coach Ramon Tuazon who is retired from the Navy. “With these results, I truly feel that volunteering is well worth the time and effort.”

With a mechanical engineering degree, Tuazon said that he had a duplicate of the four-by-six-foot competition board on his dining room table for five months. “My wife will be happy to have her table back,” he said.
            Co-coach, Stephanie Bahr, added that it is good for the students to see that there is a direct correlation between the time they spend after school and on weekends, and their scores. With a computer science degree, Bahr joked that although it would appear that her background would be an asset to the team, she said, “We didn’t learn any of this [kind of computer programming] in school.” Instead, the fifth-graders who participated in robotics last year taught the incoming fourth-graders. Those fourth-graders will, in turn, pass along their prowess to next year’s incoming teammates. “It was as much kid-led as possible,” Bahr said.

            For information on CSM’s robotics competitions, visit http://www.csmd.edu/roboticschallenge/.


St. Mary’s County Teams

Esperanza Middle School

Purple Plumin’ Pirates




Hollywood Elementary

Loco Legos


Leonardtown Elementary

Team 1

Team 2


Lexington Park Elementary


Mechanicsville Elementary


Piney Point Elementary



Chucky Bears



Charles County Teams

Benjamin Stoddert Middle



Berry Elementary

Berry JAGBots


Craik Elementary

Team 1

Team 2


Dr. Samuel Mudd Elementary

Green Dragons

Robo Dragons


Gale-Bailey Elementary

Rockin’ Solar Robots

Helmet Heads



Hanson Middle



Henson Middle


Blue Swag

Super Seniors


J.C. Parks Elementary



Mary B. Neal Elementary



Mattawoman Middle



Mt. Hope/Nanejemoy Elementary

Robo Knights


Piccowaxen Middle

The Ligers


Somers Middle


RoboHawks 2


T.C. Martin Elementary

Motion Control


Theodore G. Davis Middle

Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4

Team 5


William A. Diggs Elementary

DiggsRobo Hawks

Diggs Orange Pixie Horses


Note: Calvert County teams competed earlier this spring.