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Campus News

January 7th, 2019

GEARS Inc. and Garrett College to host 2019 Mountain Maryland FTC Regional Qualifier

FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Qualifier Event to be held at the Community Aquatic & Recreation Complex in McHenry

GEARS Inc. and Garrett College have teamed up to host the 2019 Mountain Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) regional qualifier robotics competition. The event will take place on Saturday, January 12th at the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex gymnasium in McHenry.

Each year, teams compete in local, state and national FTC robotics competitions. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. The ultimate goal is to earn an invitation to attend the World Championship located in Detroit, Michigan in April 2019.

FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills (

G-FORCE, a community based FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team, sponsored by GEARS Inc. and 4-H, is acting as the host team for the Mountain Maryland FTC Qualifier. A total of 26 teams representing Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, will travel to Garrett County to compete for one of five spots at the Maryland state competition.

Of the 26 teams participating at the FTC Regional Qualifier, seven are from Garrett County, according to Phil Malone, founder of GEARS Inc. and Technical Coordinator for this event

"Garrett College is providing this excellent venue to promote their growing STEM capabilities," Malone stated. "We hope that teams visiting this event will consider Garrett College in furthering their education after high school."

Garrett College's commitment to STEM education is demonstrated by the new STEM center that opened in September 2018, and by supporting STEM events, such as the FTC competition.

"We're pleased to host this event, and impressed with the number and quality of teams that will be competing," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College's president. "We're especially proud to have so many local teams competing, which illustrates the keen interest in STEM in our community.

"Phil Malone, Arlene Lantz and our college staff have done a great job preparing for this event," added Midcap. "I know it's going to be an interesting competition."

The Mountain Maryland FTC Regional Qualifier is free to attend and open to the general public. The event follows a typical sports style model with qualifiers and playoffs throughout the day. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10:45 a.m. followed by robot matches beginning at 11 a.m. The event will conclude after the awards and closing ceremonies at 5 p.m.

A complete schedule can be found online at For more information, contact Arlene Lantz, Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at or Phil Malone, Technical Coordinator, at

Robotics team

The G-FORCE FTC Robotics team (Team 2818) are the host team for the upcoming 2019 Mountain Maryland FTC Regional Qualifier event on Saturday, January 12th at the Garrett College Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) gymnasium.

Pictured in the front row (left to right) are team members Gabe Hay and Juan Aleman. Middle row: Jarrett Miller, Owen Sealy, Derek Skidmore, Serena Lewis and Evan Lewis. Back row: Danny Conn, Sara Huelskamp and Emilia Germain.