Rockville Science Center helps students in elementary school through high school develop engineering skills by providing mentorship and sponsorship in several national robotics and engineering-oriented programs. In each program, small teams of students design, build, program, and prepare robots, rockets or quadcopters and participate in local and national competitions.
Programs begin in September (with registration closing at the end of September) and run through the school year.
FIRST LEGO League is an international competition organized by FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) for elementary and middle school students (ages 9–14). Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on. RSC helps form teams, loans equipments, hosts scrimmages, and provides mentorship to team leaders.
Rockville Science Center sponsors Explorer Post 1010, organized under the national Learning-for-Life Exploring Program. Post 1010 is a group of around 40 high school students with interests in computers, robotics, rockets, and engineering who meet weekly in teams to prepare for competitions in one of four national programs: Botball, FIRST Tech Challenge, Team America Rocketry Challenge, and UAS4STEM Quadcopter competition. RSC offers meeting space, guidance in setting up a leadership structure, coaching & mentorship, equipment, and practice scrimmages to participating high school students.
- 4th-9th graders have activities that stimulate their interest in science and engineering.
- High school students have leadership opportunities in an area of their potential career.
- Local schools can develop teams interested in robotic competitions.
- MCPS Science and Engineering Curriculum is extended beyond the classroom.
For more information, please contact Bob Ekman at