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ABOUT US

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KARL HILLE

Coach

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KAREN BOGOSKI

Faculty Sponsor

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Kevin Yen

Assistant Coach

OUR COACHES

Karl Hille is a career communicator with more than 20 years experience coaching interns in all aspects of news and communications. He runs a communications internship program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he also publishes news about emerging technologies. Karl accepted the role of Head Coach of Team 53 in the Spring of 2022, and has been successful with the support of a large parents' network.

Karen graduated from Eastern Michigan University, completed a Masters of Education in Career and Technology Education, from the University of MD Eastern Shores.

 

Ran Parkdale’s Robotics Team, mentored the SeaPerch program for CMIT North in Laurel. and now Faculty Sponsor and coach Area 53 E. Roosevelt high school

Kevin is a Team 53A alumni and Assistant Coach. As squad leader of 53A, Kevin took his team to the US Open and then the VEX World Championship in the spring of 2022. Now he studies engineering at the University of Maryland and gives back to the team, providing build guidance and examples of structures other teams can use.

OUR MISSION

Equipping students of today with the tools to solve the challenges of tomorrow

STEM education is critical to the success of our students and our nation. While Eleanor Roosevelt High School teaches engineering, programming, design and other STEM curriculum, hands-on experience after school is vital to making these lessons hit home.

We believe students will learn as much or more from one hour designing and building  a robot as they will in a day's worth of instruction sitting at a desk.

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Our Journey So Far

Doug Pruett started First Robotics Competition (FRC) at  ERHS  in 1996.  Back then, you had to actually go to New Hampshire to pick up the kit of parts at the beginning of the season.  That continued until 1998 when local schools were used. 

 

VEX Robotics was  showcased at FRC Nationals in Atlanta in 1994, where Doug and Michael Desch were so impressed that they decided, the next year, to start VEX at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland.  At first, the Eleanor Roosevelt students built VEX robots just to see what they were like, not at the competition level.  Back then, VEX was still part of FRC.

Doug retired in 2005, and VEX robotics was discontinued at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Meanwhile, Michael and Doug  continued working with VEX in the Annapolis Area with VEX Team 341, the Iron Eagles, which was their first competition VEX team.

Back at Eleanor Roosevelt, Vjay Kowtha, a parent of a freshman, started the FRC robotics team back up in 2008, with Mike Desch and Matt Zuckerman as mentors. In 2010 they, along with Pat Healey, a parent of two Eleanor Roosevelt students, started a VEX robotics team, which has been known as "Team 53" and "Area 53", ever since. After 22 years, the high school finally abandoned FRC robotics around 2018 due to the high cost and many restrictions. From then on, the Eleanor Roosevelt team has participated in VEX robotics exclusively.

In 2018, Mark Campbell, another parent, helped restructure the team, and he coached it through the 2021-22 academic year.  In the spring of 2022, squad 53A competed at the VEX World Championship, a first for the Eleanor Roosevelt team. They qualified to compete at Worlds based on their performance at the Maryland state championship earlier that spring.

In the summer of 2022, Karl Hille, the father of two team members, became team's head coach. Starting in the autumn of 2022, the team has hosted an annual VEX tournament called either the Capital Beltway Challenge or the Beltway Battle. During its first two years, the tournament attracted 28 or more teams from Maryland and surrounding states.  In March 2024, three of the six robots built by the Eleanor Roosevelt team (robots 53C, 53E, and 53F) qualified to complete at the VEX World Championship, another first for the team and also for any school in Prince George's County, Maryland.

In many capacities, parent volunteers have played a big role in the Eleanor Roosevelt team over the years, a testament to the devotion they have to their children and to robotics. Our students learn leadership and mentoring along the way, with juniors and seniors teaching the new members the ropes.

2023

STEM Gym VRC High School Tournament

Excellence Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Robot Skills 2nd Place (VRC/VEXU)

Southern Maryland Showdown- Spin Up Qualifier

Excellence Award - High School (VRC)

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Robot Skills Champion (VRC/VEXU)

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

BMore Robotic - Have a Dream - HS/MS VRC Tournament

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

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2022

Capital Beltway Challenge - VRC HS Only

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

South Hagerstown Rebel Rumble (MS and HS) 2022

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Maryland VRC High School State Championship - Tipping Point

Build Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Semifinalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Cardinal Classic VRC (HS & MS)

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC) 

BMore End of Season VRC Tipping Point Tournament

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

South Hagerstown Rebel Rumble (MS and HS) 2022

Build Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Semifinalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

2021

Blakefield Robotics Challenge December 2021 

Tournament Champion 

Hereford Zone Robotics Stampede Tipping Point

Design Award

Dulaney HS Robotics Royal Rumble VRC (MS & HS)

Design Award

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2020

Charles County Tournament 

Excellence Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Robot Skills Champion (VRC/VEXU)

BMore Robotic - Have a Dream - VRC Tournament (HS and MS)

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

BCPS VRC Winter (HS & MS)

Judges Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC/ADC)

2019

2019 VRC Capital Beltway Challenge (HS Only)

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

South Hagerstown Rebel Rumble (MS and HS)

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

BMore Robotic - Manufacturer's Cup - VRC Tournament (HS & MS)

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Northwest Maryland VRC Classic (MS & HS)

Judges Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC/ADC)

2018-19 Southern Maryland VRC - High School Only Tournament

Create Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Energy Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

BMore Robotic - Have a Dream - VRC Tournament

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

2018

STAR Academy - Fall Classic - Turning Point

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Northwest Maryland Classic - Turning Point

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

'See If this Works' Turning Point Early Season event

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Cardinal Classic VRC

Tournament Semifinalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Amaze Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

BMore Robotic - Have a Dream - VRC Tournament

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

HZR 'In the Zone' Fundraiser Tournament

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Excellence Award - High School (VRC)

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

2017

Parkside High School Winter VRC Tournament

Judges Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC/ADC)

Baltimore County Open Fall Classic

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Baltimore Robotic VEX Tournament at the BRC

Design Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Excellence Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Robot Skills Champion (VRC/VEXU)

2016

Northwest Maryland VRC

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

BMore Robotic Manufacturers Cup

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Crunch Time! Qualifier hosted by REX 1727

Sportsmanship Award (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Tournament Semifinalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Bmore Robotic VEX Tournament at the BRC

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

2015

Poly/Western VEX Qualifier

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

Bmore Robotic VEX Skilz and Build

Tournament Champions (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

2014

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute VEX Qualifier

Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU/VAIC)

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