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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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 […]