The Garrett County Board of Education voted on November 10, 2020 to move students to a red, fully virtual learning model beginning Thursday, November 12, 2020, and continuing until at least Thursday, December 10, 2020. GCPS is also cancelling all in-person extra-curricular activities, athletic events, and practices effective immediately.

Anyone with a question or concern may contact, and you will receive a response.

There have been 684 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

Please continue to check our website and the GCPS Coronavirus Updates page for more information.

FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1629

Advocating and Practicing STEM in Garrett County

Welcome to the home for FIRST* Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 1629 - the Garrett Coalition or GaCo for short. We are composed of students from Northern and Southern Garrett High Schools and build robots for competition. More importantly, we advocate and practice STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in our community. Our mission is to provide each youngster in Garrett County with the catalyst required to develop skills that are essential to be successful in STEM.
The team's ultimate goal is to achieve the vision of FIRST* - "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."
We do this by creating an environment for our students to be mentored by STEM professionals and forming partnerships with other organizations to achieve common goals and objectives. Our most effective method of evangelizing youth for STEM is something inspiring in itself - LEGO. Click here to watch a news feature about our Top Spinner initiative using LEGO.

**New** Posted May 29 - In response to COVID-19, GaCo transitions GCPS 2020 Summer Tech Camp to "atHome" model. Read about it here.


GaCo Robotics: Vision Driven for STEM Ready Kids

*FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology •

GaCo Coronavirus Competition - Round 1

No need to be bored with nothing to do - Garrett County Students, enter GaCo's Poster and/orCoding Contest!

Mar 23, 2020 at 1:26pm, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1629

FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier Results

Recently, seven FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams from Garrett County Public Schools competed at a second qualifier at Parkville High School in Prince George's County.

Jan 31, 2019 at 2:29pm, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1629

Watch us live at the Chesapeake District Championships

Watch 1629's qualification rounds at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship April 6-8!

Apr 6, 2017 at 10:47am, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1629