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612 Celebrates the Launch of its 22nd Preseason

Updated: Sep 23, 2023


  • Chantilly Robotics’ interest meeting kicked off the preseason with over 80 interested new members.

  • Team 612’s returning members work on bringing the underclassmen up to speed with foundational skills for their respective subteams.

Chantilly, Virginia, September 30, 2022. With the commencement of a new school year, Chantilly Robotics is filled with excited, new and returning members, ready for another fun year. After a successful interest meeting, garnering the interest of over 80 students, the team has spent the last month teaching new members the essential skills they need for the upcoming build season.

The mechanical subteam introduced their members to the different hand tools and machines to build the robot’s parts. In addition, they are learning how to use CAD, Computer-Aided Design software, to help design 2-D drawings and 3-D models. Mechanical has also been working on designing a new auto-aiming turret while also preparing Phoenix, the 2021 competition robot, for 612’s first offseason event this year: Battle O’ Baltimore, which the team will compete in on October 23rd. Like mechanical, the electrical members are also learning foundational skills, such as crimping, components of motor controllers, PDP, pneumatics, and wiring that are crucial for building a successful robot. Using these skills, the new members are building an electrical system racetrack, in which the members will engage in friendly competition to see who’s track holds the fastest racers.

The programming subteam is teaching their new members how to code through small, model robots called Romi’s. Their purpose is to simulate commands and actions that can be used on the actual robot. New members are learning Java and object-oriented programming, with the Romi’s, which will be used throughout the year for programming the robot. In addition, the returning members are learning about vision processing and the basic concepts of pathfinding.

Finally, the marketing subteam is teaching their members how to animate using Krita, to prepare them for the upcoming safety animation project. New members are learning how to effectively represent the team, practicing with social media posts, website updates, and public speaking activities. All subteam’s activities have been led by experienced senior members, helping teamwide collaboration and subteam camaraderie.

Without the support of sponsors like you, Team 612 would not be able to plan and offer such diverse outreach opportunities to promote STEM in our community. For Team 612 to continue providing opportunities to the next generation of STEM innovators, they need continued support from sponsors. For more details, please email or visit

About Chantilly Robotics

At Chantilly Robotics Team 612, we brighten the future for leaders and student

technologists within our team, school and community through fun and engaging methods of

learning and teaching while shining a light on the importance of STEM (science, technology,

engineering, math). Chantilly Robotics was founded in 2001 with eight student members and has

grown to over 140 members in the 2020 season. Team 612 competes at FIRST Robotics

Competitions in the Chesapeake District and spreads STEM as well as FIRST values through

community outreach. For more information, visit or email Chantilly Robotics Team 612 is a club within Chantilly Academy, a

public educational institution.


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