Volunteering at InMed

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After our Super Regional tournament, we attended Step Up Loudoun, a STEM focused event, where we met the first place recipient FTC team, PASTA, who we had established contact with prior to the finals. We kept in touch after the event and eventually, we were able to find a community service opportunity that we could work on together. We settled … Read More

Troubleshooting Guide: Catapults, Flywheels, and Flickers

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As you may know, in this year’s challenge, Velocity Vortex, shooting the particles into the center  vortex will be a very important part of the game. There are many different ways to shoot the particles, but we decided to narrow them down to a list of three possible shooters so that you guys can compare which one would be the … Read More

Words from the Coach: Summer Time Enrich Ment (STEM)


Making the transition from a FIRST Lego League to FIRST Tech Challenge team has been both exciting and challenging. For Most FLL teams the robot game is the area they focus on the most but for team Geared UP! the robot game was less challenging then their research projects. As a former FLL coach with over 10 years experience I … Read More

Demoing Our Robots at Loudoun STEM Day

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During our FLL years, we developed an idea of creating a county wide STEM Day so that kids could come to see what interesting STEM activities occur in their community. After months of planning after contacting several local organizations, we held our first ever STEM Day on October 17th, 2015, at the NVCC Loudoun Campus. Loudoun County STEM Day showcases … Read More

PTC Creo vs. Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

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Disclaimer Hi my name is Jonathan, and I am going to be explaining the pros and cons of these CAD programs (using my limited experience in both programs). I am by no means an expert in either program, and these points are my personal opinions and experiences. We are in no way biased or favoring one software over another. SolidWorks … Read More