Chantilly Robotics Team 612

Outreach

Since the year 2001, Chantilly Robotics has been reaching out to help the community. The group’s efforts had evolved into a non-profit organization called FIRST STEP (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – Students in Technology Expanding Possibilities). FIRST STEP not only helped children with emotional, physical, and learning disabilities, but it had blossomed into a resource for physical and occupational therapists throughout the area. FIRST STEP’s mission was to supply an outlet for students to apply knowledge of engineering ideas and concepts to support the community. Starting with a custom baby walker for an infant, Chantilly Robotics worked to help more people. In 2004, occupational and physical therapists contacted the Chantilly Robotics Team to help some of their patients with limited mobility. Chantilly Academy students were excited by the opportunity and team’s mentor, Jerry Skene, asked, “How can we help?” Students responded with the initial project building a robotic baby walker for a young child with partially formed arms and legs within three weeks. Young Rahim Ullah gained safe, independent movement because of the baby walker’s sensors that detect stairs and walls. Ullah is now safe and is reaching “normal age-appropriate milestones,” as stated by occupational therapists. The team is also involved in Chantilly High School’s activities. Working to interest students in science and technology, the team has appeared in the annual Homecoming Parade and Spirit Rally. In past years, the team has built robots to interact with sports teams. In 2005, a robot was built to race the principal during football half-time festivities. In 2006, the team built a robotic basketball launcher to shoot basketballs from half-court during basketball games. More recently, the team has done presentations on the FIRST program in science classes and worked to expand awareness of opportunities for students in science and technologyt. Also part of Chantilly Academy, a magnet school for specialty classes comprised of students from all over the county, the team works to create more opportunities for these students. As the team has progressed, class sizes have grown and are now recognized for George Mason University college credit. In a growing women’s initiative, Chantilly Academy was the first school to offer introductory all-girls engineering classes starting in 2007. This program, GE2 (Girls Exploring Engineering), creates opportunities for young females to expand their horizons into engineering through mentorship and field experiences.In a growing partnership with the community, Chantilly Robotics actively participates with multiple popular organizations. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center has allowed the team to come to many events, including the annual Space Day and Air n’ Scare. Many students of the team have also volunteered, working with the Discovery Station Mars Rover Exhibit. In a Girl Scout Gold Award project, the team ran a booth working with middle school girls in the discovery of robotics and engineering. This Technology Fair included exploration of careers, aviation speakers, and interactive science exhibits. The team also built a Boxbot which was used at Moon Base One Camp as a Mars Rover simulation.
FIRST Step is the team’s nonprofit outreach effort aimed at developing technological solutions for individuals with mental and physical disabilities.
FIRST Step
FCPS held a STEAM Expo at Chantilly High School where organizations in the STEAM field could participate. It attracted many companies and small organizations,who had a spectacular experience spreading STEAM to the public.
STEAM Expo
Chantilly Day is a fair open to the community to recognize the achievements of the Chantilly area. Organizations, businesses, and community groups gather to showcase their services and contributions to the general public.
Chantilly Day
FIRST Night
The FIRST Night event showcases the four FIRST programs: Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC. Representatives from each program were present to show their robot and project.
USA Science and Engineering Festival
Touch a Truck
Touch a Truck is an event held at the local library where children can learn about emergency personnel vehicles such as fire trucks or police cruisers. We brought our robot to the event to showcase and promote STEM.

Air & Scare

This annual event, held by the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, allows children to become exposed to STEM while enjoying the Halloween spirit. There are many activities where children can get involved with STEM activities including aeronautics and aerospace. Chantilly Robotics showcases our robot and pass out candy to small children at this event each year.

Annual FLL Tournament

Since 2007, Team 612 has hosted an annual FIRST Lego League (FLL) tournament at Chantilly High School where a total of 30 teams attend, the maximum capacity for an FLL tournament.They are the driving force behind the event, voluntarily helping with every aspect including setting up, judging, refereeing, and handing out awards.

Charging In

Students of the team represented part of the Chantilly Academy for Charging In, an event for rising freshmen to learn about and become introduced to the school before classes start in early September.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival is the only National science festival that celebrates STEM. Members of our team volunteered at the event while showcasing our robot.
©Chantilly Robotics Team 612
FIRST Step is the team’s nonprofit outreach effort aimed at developing technological solutions for individuals with mental and physical disabilities.
FIRST Step
FCPS held a STEAM Expo at Chantilly High School where organizations in the STEAM field could participate. It attracted many companies and small organizations,who had a spectacular experience spreading STEAM to the public.
STEAM Expo
Chantilly Day is a fair open to the community to recognize the achievements of the Chantilly area. Organizations, businesses, and community groups gather to showcase their services and contributions to the general public.
Chantilly Day
USA Science and Engineering Festival
The USA Science and Engineering Festival is the only National science festival that celebrates STEM. Members of our team volunteered at the event while showcasing our robot.
Touch a Truck
Touch a Truck is an event held at the local library where children can learn about emergency personnel vehicles such as fire trucks or police cruisers. We brought our robot to the event to showcase and promote STEM.

Air & Scare

This annual event, held by the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum, allows children to become exposed to STEM while enjoying the Halloween spirit. There are many activities where children can get involved with STEM activities including aeronautics and aerospace. Chantilly Robotics showcases our robot and pass out candy to small children at this event each year.

Annual FLL Tournament

Since 2007, Team 612 has hosted an annual FIRST Lego League (FLL) tournament at Chantilly High School where a total of 30 teams attend, the maximum capacity for an FLL tournament.They are the driving force behind the event, voluntarily helping with every aspect including setting up, judging, refereeing, and handing out awards.

Charging In

Students of the team represented part of the Chantilly Academy for Charging In, an event for rising freshmen to learn about and become introduced to the school before classes start in early September.
Outreach
As an FRC team, we are motivated to spread the message of FIRST and STEAM to students in and outside of our neighborhood. Bellow are some outreach events that we participate in regularly.