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

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

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