STEM 3G Demo

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Several of our team members conducted a robotics demo on October 30th, 2016 as part of a program run through an organization ,which we met at the Step Up Loudoun Youth Competition, called STEM 3G. STEM 3G is a program that allows high school students to teach young girls about STEM through educational and team building exercises. We met these … Read More

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)

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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

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 🗓 🗺

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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

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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?

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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