Troubleshooting Guide: Problems with Sensors and Encoders

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Have you ever had the problem of no readings from all of your motor and sensor encoders, and the wheels are running forever, or they are just not running at all? Here is some insight as to how to fix that: Check that all the encoder wires are plugged in facing the right direction. Our team has spent too much … Read More

West VA State Tournament 🗓 🗺


The West Virginia State Tournament will be held at Fairmont State University on December 4, though robot inspection opens the night before. The tournament will have 25 teams, three of which will advance on to the Easter Super Regional. As one of the earliest state level tournaments, it promises to be a very exciting weekend.

A Shiny New Computer


Last season, we didn’t do a lot of modelling for our robot, which meant we limited the amount of options we had in order to change things in the robot. This also limited just how much we could do while planning out the robot design, as when we did that, we were limited to a certain set of parts and … Read More

Starting a Nonprofit Part 1: What is a Nonprofit?


We recently turned our parent group, Ashburn Robotics into a full nonprofit, something that a lot of teams have considered in the past. Nonprofits are great for getting sponsorship/fundraising from big corporations because everything they donate to the nonprofit is tax deductible. However, they also require some dedication, time and money. In the first part of this series, we go … Read More

Girls In Technology 🗓

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We’re excited to work with Girls In Technology for our fourth year in a row! Girls In Technology is a global nonprofit dedicated to getting young girls excited about learning and STEM, as well as introducing them to influential women and empowering them to follow their dreams. Girls in technology has over 50,000 members, and over 60 chapters throughout the … Read More

Food and Clothes Drive


As the 2015-26 recipients of the VA Inspire award, we believe that we should give back to the community, which is why we are hosting both a food and clothes drive at our schools and local workplaces. We contacted our potential locations and asking if they would be willing to place one of our donation boxes there. We decided that we would … Read More

Ashburn FLL Tournament 🗓 🗺

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Ashburn Robotics and Geared UP! host the Ashburn FLL Qualifier Tournament, the only qualifier in Loudoun County, as a way of giving back to the community that gave us such wonderful experiences and to give other children a chance to get involved in STEM. Each year, we coordinate 30+ volunteers and as many as 30 FLL teams in an exciting, … Read More

Meet Coach Mark


Coach Mark has been involved in FLL for the past 12 years.  He has been head coach of his own team since 2005.  He created Ashburn Robotics club to share his passion for FIRST and STEM related activities.  He enjoys teaching, outreach, building robots and creative problem solving.  He also enjoys “thinking outside of the box”.  By day he is … Read More

Meet Vishnu


Vishnu is a strategist, rule expert, and robot builder on Team Geared Up!. In his free time, he loves playing outdoors with his friends, playing video games, and reading up on any recent new science or technology breakthroughs. FIRST has helped him develop skills in areas such as public speaking, programming, modeling, and strategy. His favorite subject in school is Math and in the future he would like to pursue … Read More

Meet Sneha


Sneha is a robot builder for Geared UP!, as well as a visual designer. She enjoys reading things, writing short stories, solving puzzles, and learning about science. Outside of FTC, she enjoy playing piano and dancing. Sneha hopes to be either a writer or a chemical engineer in the future.