• Welcome to the Baltimore - Washington DC Section

    Our Section was formed in early 2008 with the merger of the Baltimore and Washington DC Sections into a single section. We are conveniently located to both areas.  We hold meetings featuring presentations on the full range of industrial automation topics.

    As part of our community outreach, our section provides financial support to Maryland FIRST and Toys for Tots of Frederick, MD.



    The organizers of the Future City Competition are seeking Judges and other volunteers for their 2017-2018 Challenge: The Age-Friendly City.  This year's challenge asks participants to identify an age-related challenge that exists today and engineer solutions that allow their future city's senior citizens to be as active and independent as they want to be. 

    Future City provides an authentic STEM experience for middle school students around the country.  The competition is an innovative way to introduce 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to engineering and expose them to a rewarding career possibility. Future City asks students to do the things that all engineers and planners do; identify problems, brainstorm ideas, design solutions, test, retest and build, and share their results.

    What does a judge do?

    First of all, you can decide what kind of judge you'd like to be.  Judge remotely during December and January or On-Site on Competition Day, January 20, 2018 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland  21230)


    Remote Judge the Essay and Virtual City Slide Show at your leisure starting December 22, 2017:  Are you familiar with Sim games? Judge slideshows of virtual cities that teams have created using SimCity. The organizers provide a detailed rubric and an easy-to-use online scoring system. Judging typically takes place in the comfort of your own home or even at work during lunch (with employer permission of course).  It will take approximately 4 hours, depending on availability and number of judges and teams. This time can be split.  As an Essay judge, you'll read essays where students describe their city and their solution.


    On-Site Model and Presentation Judging on January 20, 2018:  Are you looking for a chance to see tomorrow's leaders in action? As a model or presentation judge you will see teams present their city's unique features, learn how they came up with their ideas, and have a chance to ask questions. The organizers provide a rubric and scoresheet, as well as a team of fellow judges. Judges must be available for approximately 4 hours on January 20, 2018.  Volunteers get free admission to the event, along with continental breakfast, lunch and souvenirs.  

    You can learn more about the event here. 

    You can register as a Regional Competition Judge or a Regional Volunteer here.   

    Email questions to Kim Adams at kadams@pennoni.com