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A Truly Triumphant Season

Updated: Sep 23, 2023


Overview:

  • Team 612 successfully competed in and won awards at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championships!

  • As the team has entered postseason, subteams have been hard at work on postseason activities, such as cleanup and making improvements to the robot!


April 30, 2023, CHANTILLY, V.A. As a result of Team 612’s outstanding performance at both the Alexandria and Richmond District Events, Team 612 successfully qualified for the FIRST Chesapeake District Championships at George Mason University sponsored by Booz Allen! Between April 6th to 8th, Bolt rolled on as members cheered and yelled in support of all the teams competing at Districts. Although Team 612 did not qualify for the final playoffs, their members were the loudest in the stadium and won the District Spirit Award for outstanding team spirit through our creative DAWG! tags and morale. Lastly, 612’s head mentor, Mr. Ron Baer, became a District Woodie Flowers Award nominee, thereby concluding a successful competition season. However, the team has not disregarded the opportunity to continue robotics tasks in the postseason.

Following the competitions, 612 has been working on reaching out to the community, and conducted an outreach event in cooperation with FTC Team 9073 Knightrix at Franklin Middle School on April 25th as representatives of the Chantilly High School Academy. 612 worked alongside Knightrix to inspire and introduce elementary schoolers to the field of STEM, emphasizing how young students can explore STEM by joining robotics in their future. Through a display of Chantilly Robotics and opportunities to drive our robot, 612 spread the word about the mission of Chantilly Academy and instilled a sense of ambition into the younger students.

Despite the season being over, 612’s subteams have been hard at work making improvements for next year and fulfilling postseason priorities. The electrical subteam has been working to design and build a new battery cart that is easier to access and transport during competitions. Programming has been transferring their current code to swerve drive and have also been testing and improving their usage of cameras on the robot. Mechanical has initiated in-depth gearbox lessons to ensure that members are ready for next year’s season. Some members are learning how to use the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine and enriching their Computer-Aided Design (CAD) skills. Marketing has been occupied with outreach organization, website reconstruction, and editing the Season Recap YouTube video. Along with this, 612 members have been cleaning up the pit area, unpacking our competition boxes, reviewing the season, and preparing for the next!

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 chantilly.612@gmail.com or visit https://www.frc612.org/current-sponsors.

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 a 100 members in the 2021 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 https://www.frc612.org or email

chantilly.612@gmail.com. Chantilly Robotics Team 612 is a club within Chantilly Academy, a

public educational institution.


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