Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire our community to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by teaching life skills in a fun environment and providing an opportunity to apply this knowledge.

Our Team

The RoboBees, FIRST team 836, is a robotics team located in St. Mary's County, Maryland. FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor and engineer Dean Kamen in 1989. A few years later, The RoboBees were created in 2001 by Mr. David Buddenbohn, a teacher at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center.

Since then we have grown into an incredibly diverse and unique student body who comes from seven different schools as well as home schooled students. Being located near PAX River Naval Air Station, engineering permeates our local culture. This is shown in full by the fact that our mentor base is composed of engineers, scientists, mathematicians who work for local defense contractors or PAX itself.

The RoboBees have won Twenty Four! different awards in total, including Chairman's Awards, Engineering Inspiration Awards, and Event Winners!

This past season, we won 2 district events, was awarded a District Engineering Inspiration Award and won the District Championship event!

  • District Championship Winner, Chesapeake - 2016
  • Engineering Inspiration Award, Central Maryland - 2016
  • District Winner, Central Maryland - 2016
  • District Winner, Greater DC - 2016
  • Creativity Award, Chesapeake - 2015
  • Regional Chairman's Award, Palmetto - 2015
  • Regional Winners, Greater Pittsburgh - 2014
  • Engineering Inspiration Award, Greater Pittsburgh - 2014
  • Motorola Quality Award, North Carolina - 2014
  • Delphi's Engineering Excellence Award, Washington DC - 2013
  • Regional Chairman's Award, Palmetto - 2013
  • Entrepreneurship Award, Palmetto - 2013
  • Regional Chairman's Award, Chesapeake - 2012
  • Regional Chairman's Award, Chesapeake - 2012
  • Motorola Quality Award, Washington DC - 2012
  • Website Design Award, Chesapeake - 2012
  • Regional Chairman's Award, Chesapeake - 2011
  • Team Spirit Award, Chesapeake - 2010
  • Motorola Quality Award, Chesapeake – 2008
  • Stanley Tools Safety Award, Chesapeake - 2007
  • Judges Award, Chesapeake – 2007
  • RadioShack Innovation in Control Award, Chesapeake – 2005
  • Leadership in Control Award, Chesapeake – 2003
  • Incredible Play Award, Chesapeake – 2002


The RoboBees have always been extensively engaged in outreach within our community. We participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Christmas in April, various food drives, and other local community service events. The RoboBees are a dynamic team, constantly seeking out new tasks and opportunity's to take part in.

We formed a new mentor-run organization known as growingSTEMS, which inspires students to study STEM topics and helps young adults to pursue a STEM-related field in college. growingSTEMS is made of three branches: scholarship, support, and outreach. You can find more information about growingSTEMS by visiting our "What is growingSTEMS" information page.

The RoboBees have also implemented some major changes in how we train our students to "bee the best they can bee". During the R&D (Research and Development), new Bees went through comprehensive courses designed to teach them about FIRST, our team history, safety and other important topics.

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