High School Robotics Competition

The world is facing complex challenges that call for innovative solutions — solutions that help defend global security, push the boundaries of scientific discovery and deliver essential services to citizens around the globe.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, twenty-four high school teams put their robots to the test as they competed to take home a winner’s trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights. Students raced against the clock and each other to complete complex challenges that tested their designs and their ability to work together.

was key as team members helped each other navigate part of the course nonverbally, with only one member able to see the obstacles involved.

was demonstrated as two members of each team competed in coding challenges during the event.

was critical as teams directed their bots to activate sensors, collect ammo, build an escape vehicle, and save the princess.

The winning team from Apopka poses with their trophies and their bot.

Teams from Apopka, Boone, Dr. Phillips, Edgewater, Freedom, Lake Highland, Oakridge, Ocoee, Olympia, and Osceola High Schools participated in this year’s event. Apopka Team 1 and Freedom Team 2 advanced to the finals, with Apopka taking first place at the end of the day. Freedom Team 2 took 2nd place, and Lake Highland Team 1 received an award for the Most Innovative Design.

This year’s High School Design Competition marks the 12th annual high school robotics competition hosted at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control as part of National Engineers Week.

  • Apopka

  • Boone

  • Dr Phillips

    Dr Phillips
  • Edgewater

  • Freedom

  • Lake Highland

    Lake Highland
  • Oakridge

  • Ocoee

  • Olympia

  • Osceola

  • A Lockheed Martin mentor helps his students from Apopka navigate a challenging coding competition.

  • A team from Boone High School makes adjustments to their bot before competing.

  • Students from Dr. Phillips High School work on their bot between rounds.

  • Edgewater High School students guide their bot through the course.

  • Freedom High School students cheer on their team as they compete in the coding challenge.

  • Students make repairs to their bot in the middle of the competition.

  • Osceola High School students make adjustments to their bot between rounds.



National Engineers Week

Lockheed Martin relies on its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges, like expeditions to Mars, cybersecurity, next-generation aircraft technology, elite air and missile defense. Lockheed Martin recognizes the critical need for future STEM leaders across the nation and actively invests in the next generation of innovators.

“This competition is such a wonderful opportunity for Lockheed Martin to reach out to the community and for students to really get to develop their passion for STEM fields. These areas are crucial for our growth as a country and company, and it is so important to us to cultivate their interest in these fields.”

Tom Mirek, Vice President

Students watch and cheer on their teammates as they compete.

Lockheed Martin engineers celebrate National Engineers week each year by sharing their passion for STEM fields with their local communities. This year’s events in Central Florida included site visits, trivia challenges, and robotics competitions that engaged over 1,900 local students in STEM fields.

Robotic competitions, such as the annual design challenge, give students the opportunity to gain exposure to practical engineering scenarios and work in teams to solve complex problems.

“It’s great to look back and think about how much I would have enjoyed a program like this as a kid, because now as an employee I get to provide that opportunity and really be part of developing the students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

Sarah Popp, Lockheed Martin Engineer, E-Week Event Coordinator