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Wrap on a Successful Year For Team 612


  • Team 612’s subteams, after completion of swerve drive, have been hard at work regarding build season planning and tasks.

  • Team 612 has been continuing to spread the message of FIRST and STEM through community outreach.

  • Team 612 hosted their annual winter party on January 11th

  • Team 612 made a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, to participate in DMC

  • Team 612 would like to take a moment to spotlight their sponsors, whose support means everything to the team. 

DECEMBER 18, 2023, CHANTILLY, V.A. As 2023 comes to a close, and the official season begins to close in, Team 612’s members have been harder at work than ever planning out the Team’s success throughout the year. Here is what Team 612 has been up to this festive season:

Having completed and commenced operation of swerve drive, the subteams have continued to plan for build season, with Mechanical developing and fine tuning their shooter prototype, finished testing on their 3d printed gussets, and had new members strategize by prototyping for a mock build season. The electrical subteam held discussions on potential ideas for build season and had their new members develop new skills and techniques to assist in robot development. Programming, working along the same lines, developed potential use cases for swerve drive relating to an upcoming build season and tested them, simultaneously working on autonomous and vision actions such as object detection and alignment. 

On a mission to continue to spread the message of FIRST and exemplify the fostering of growth encouraged by the Chantilly Pyramid, Team 612 continued to mentor the FLL team at Lees Corner Elementary School, attending their competitions and assisting them with the basic skill development of block coding and robot movement. 612’s mentoring at Lees Corner Elementary is a clear statement of the movement and impact FIRST and STEM has on the community, and Team 612’s effect on the next generation.

Preceding Chantilly High School’s Winter Break, Team 612 hosted their annual party as a representation of morale and as a ray of hope for the upcoming build season on December 11th. At the party, the team came together to play winter games and boost their morale! It was a great experience for team bonding, and exemplified perhaps FIRST’s most influential core value. FUN!

612’s mission of advocating the values of STEM was not limited to elementary schools this month. Alongside five other FIRST teams, 612 upheld their biannual tradition of attending Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC) to represent FIRST and STEM on the national stage. DMC is a nationwide conference where officials from government and manufacturing companies, such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin, showcase their work. At DMC, 612 delivered a speech to the general assembly and showcased their robot. By showcasing the capabilities of FIRST in DMC, 612 bridged the gap between adolescents in FIRST and professionals in real companies, thus attracting officials into potentially supporting FIRST to further spread the values of STEM.

As the year comes to a close, Team 612 would like to show their thanks to all the sponsors who assist them in spreading the message of STEM exemplified by FIRST. Thank you to The Aerospace Corporation, Metron Inc, Zeta Associates, Next Point, Traverse Systems, and David K, Schneider & Company, LLC, for their support in the Team’s endeavors. The Team truly does appreciate your efforts to spread their mission! Without the help of sponsors like you, the team would be unable to do what they do. 

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 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 or email Chantilly Robotics Team 612 is a club within Chantilly Academy, a

public educational institution.


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