Events

Annual FLL Tournament, November 22nd

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, August 6th & 13th

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.

Air & Scare, October 25th

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

Our Outreach Events

Every year, our Team participates in several outreach events around the community to spread STEM.

FIRST Step

FIRST Step

FIRST Step is the team’s nonprofit outreach effort aimed at developing technological solutions for individuals with mental and physical disabilities. 

FCPS STEM-H Expo

FCPS STEM-H Expo

FCPS held a STEM-H Expo at Chantilly High School where organizations in the STEM-H field could participate. It attracted many companies and small organizations,who had a spectacular experience spreading STEM-H to the public.

 

Chantilly Day

Chantilly Day

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. 

 

 

FIRST Night & Jr. FLL Expo

FIRST Night & Jr. FLL Expo

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 & Engineering Festival

USA Science & 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

Touch a Truck is an event held at the local library where children can learn about emergency personnel vehicles such as firetrucks or police cruisers. We brought our robot to the event to showcase and promote STEM.

 

 

 

Become a Pilot Day

Become a Pilot Day

Become a Pilot Day is an event held in June at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space museum where over 50 various aircrafts are on display. We participated as the FRC representative to promote STEM and FIRST ideals.

 

 

 

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Community Outreach

Since the year 1999, 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 technology.

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.

 

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Mentoring

From building robots to writing essays, mentors offer valuable guidance on every aspect of our team. As skilled professionals in their respective careers, mentors take time away from their busy days to help us achieve our goals, and they are with us every step of the way. Without our brilliant mentors, we could not be as successful as we are today. We are very grateful for the time and effort they put into Team 612, and we hope they can stay with us for as long as they can.

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