2021 Robot Design Submission


Documentation submitted for the 2021 Infinite Recharge at Home Robot Design Competition featuring design details of our 2020 robot.

Blackwater Robotics takes the win

PORTSMOUTH – Franklin High School Robotics team No. 1610 Blackwater Robotics won the 2nd annual robotics competition hosted at Churchland High School this past weekend.  Sponsored by FIRST Chesapeake, the event was open to the public.  FHS competed with 27 other teams of students from across Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland. FIRST Robotics uses robots as the vehicle […]


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Franklin robotics pulls off come-from-behind victory

The No. 2 seed FIRST Robotics alliance was well on its way to winning the first round of the Richmond Regional, when the Franklin High School Team 1610 robot, “Chad,” was accidentally backed into a stack of totes, knocking over 36 points.

As the beeping started to count down the final seconds of the “Recycle Rush” match, the teams in the alliance tried to scramble for points, but the blue group, captained by Talon 540 from Godwin High School, picked up the 102-84 first-round victory.

“I thought that would cause us to lose the regional,” said Cindy Mitrovic, 15, who is the team captain.

Mitrovic had also been driving the robot and she was admittedly upset. There was still hope, though, as the finals are a best two-of-three competition. Sarah Conner, who operated the robot’s arm, was concerned about recovering.

“I was worried if it would impact the remaining matches for our alliance,” she said. “Being down a match and having to win two in a row was extremely tough.”


FIRST Vertical RGB

  FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST‘s […]

Team History

2005 Franklin High School FIRST Robotics Team 1610, Blackwater Robotics, was founded in 2005 as BOT, the “Builders of Tomorrow,” after seeing a nearby team in competition.  S.P. Morton Elementary School already boasted a FIRST LEGO League team and the same coach, Liz Burgess, started our FRC team..  Our team is comprised of students from 8th-12th grades at both […]