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Every Prince William County Public School (PWCS) offers a Robotics program – elementary, middle, and high school. During the school day, students explore STEM skills by doing things such as launching rockets, building and programming robots, or refining their interest in engineering by participating in “Project Lead the Way,” a nationally recognized engineering program. The PWCS robotics program is also recognized and supported by local technology businesses. Many of these groups are making names for themselves in competitions, thanks to the coaching they are getting from middle and high school students, sponsors, parents, and teachers.


Robotics – the process of building and programming robots–tops the list of special offerings to interest and engage students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields that are vital to future work opportunities. Robotics builds critical engineering skills for students, such as problem solving, design, and logistics, as well as teamwork. Robotics is considered the pipeline to STEM careers.

At Thurgood Marshall Elementary School’s Robotics Club, we want to inspire all our young students to be STEM leaders by engaging them in exciting, mentor-based programs that stimulates innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

This Robotics program is designed for the beginning level users with some experience using computers. Students will work in groups and teams to complete various course assignments, projects, and challenges. Throughout the year, students will be expected to accomplish certain tasks in order to continue participating in the Robotics Club to demonstrate their initiative, determination, and motivation.

Informational meeting: 01 November 2019, 6 pm to 7 pm at Marshall Elementary Gym.

Spring Semester: Application process for 4th graders starts 31 October 2019 to 22 November 2019.


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EV3 Platform

Currently, there are currently two platforms being offered for the elementary students to compete in: FIRST Lego League (FLL) and VEX Robotics. The Marshall Eaglebots uses the Lego EV3 Mindstorm platform to compete in the FLL Robotics Competitions (FRC), as it allows us to easily transition from youth enjoyment of playing with Legos to using Lego educational programming software.

To learn more about the Lego EV3 Mindstorm platform, please click on this link:

To learn more about the FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition, please click on this link:

For more information on FIRST Lego League Challenge, please visit their website at:

Commitment & Requirement

Marshall Robotics Club is a 1.5 year commitment program that meets every Wednesdays throughout the school year, from 3:45 to 6:00 pm, at Marshall Elementary Gym, and meets on select Fridays in order to prepare for the regional competitions.

Students are expected to pay attention and stay on task while in the club. Respect the coaches and parent-volunteers, respect the lesson, respect the computers, respect the classroom, respect the robotics field, and especially respect each other. Students will be subjected to appropriate disciplinary actions for any such violations, which could involve the parents and suspension from the club.

FIRST LEGO League introduces students grades 4-8 and ages 9-14 years old to real world engineering challenges by building LEGO based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and through the process learn to make positive contributions to society.

Several specific requirements in order to participate in Marshall Elementary School’s Robotics Club

  1. Must be a 4th or 5th Grader
  2. Must be an age of 9 years old by 01 January during the 4th grade year
  3. Parent consent and release for child’s participation
  4. Registration Cost

In addition, we maintain strict rules and abide all policies that govern PWCS and Marshall Elementary School to ensure minimum disruption to our program

  1. May not have more than 5 absences per semester.
  2. Can not be suspended from school at any given point during the school year.

PWCS Regulation 745-1 provides the rules and procedures governing students on the “Codes of Behavior” set for disciplinary actions for suspensions and expulsions: 

Current students under disciplinary status and wishes to enroll into Robotics, must review the following below:

A parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child of school age must provide, upon registration, a sworn statement or affirmation regarding the child’s disciplinary status (PWCS Regulation 715-5).


Application Process

Marshall Robotics Club accepts new students during the Spring Semester. 4th graders will have the opportunity to apply to the Robotics Club starting on Halloween day, 31 October, of each school year. Application deadline will be the last Friday before school is released for Thanksgiving weekend, for this year it will be 22 November 2019.

We will not be accepting 5th grade applications unless you are a transfer student and this is your first year at Marshall Elementary School.

Due to the limited number of spaces, not all applicants will be selected to participate. We will select up to 12 applicants for the 2020 Spring Semester.  To be considered for the program, complete all pages of the club application and return the signed permission form.  Further, an attached teacher recommendation is required to be completed by the applicant’s teacher.  If an excessive number of students apply, tryouts may be implemented incorporating team building challenges.  Students do not need any prior knowledge or understanding of Robotics in order to participate.

Notification of acceptance will be email to the parents by 01 December of each school year and names will be posted on this page.

Application packet: Below is the links to the required applications forms that needs to be completed and returned to the front office by close of business on 22 November 2019.


FLL Competition:

Robotics Club is taught on a competitive level with the anticipation of competing as a team in the First LEGO League (FLL) Regional Tournament in the month of May and November, which will include additional meeting days before the competition. This is NOT a Lego building club, even though we use the Lego to construct the robots. Our team is dedicated to challenging, yet rewarding, work.

The Challenge:

Robot Game – In the Robot Game, teams design build, program and test autonomous robots using Lego EV3 Mindstorms technology. The Robot Game playing field reflects the real-world theme for each season. Teams select which missions to solve in 2 minute and 30 second matches.

The Project – In the project, teams research a real-world problem in the field of the season’s Challenge theme. Then they create an innovative solution to that problem (either by creating something that doesn’t exist or building upon something that does). Teams share their findings with others. Teams that go to events must prepare a 5 minute presentation about their project.

Core Values – The FIRST Core Values help distinguish FIRST and FIRST Lego League from other programs. By embracing the FIRST Core Values, participants learn that friend competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping each other is the foundation of teamwork. Incorporating teamwork activities into each meeting will help your team learn to work together while having fun, which will prepare them to present a 5 minute presentation of how the team incorporated the FIRST Core Values. FIRST Philosophies of “Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition” are instilled through eight Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems
  • Impact: We apply what we learn to improve the world
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences
  • Teamwork: We are strong when we work together
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do