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Intro


TEAM 2421 

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Intro


TEAM 2421 

Watch Team 2421 at the DC Regional FRC Competition at the Patriot Center.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
— Thomas Edison
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About


Based in Burke, Virginia, RTR Team 2421 was founded in Fall 2007 as a non-profit community robotics team compromised of home-schooled students. In Winter 2008, the team competed in its “Rookie” season. As the years passed, the team expanded its outreach to include students from local Fairfax County high schools--Lake Braddock Secondary (Burke), West Springfield (Springfield), South County (Lorton), Thomas Jefferson (Alexandria), and Robinson Secondary (Fairfax).  In April 2017, the team competed in the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, in the Archimedes Division.  Although our 2018 season ended after two district events, we learned a lot as we faced challenges and made some great alliances along the way. Our proudest achievement every season has been how our  team members give it their all to the very end of the competition season no matter whether they are ranked at the top or at the bottom!

The 2018 team includes nine home-schoolers, one student from South County, one student from Thomas Jefferson, five students from West Springfield, and 18 students from Lake Braddock. Any student in grade 9-12 is eligible to become a member of our team and design, build, and program a robot to compete in FIRST competitions!

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate “Sport for the Mind.”  Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of  high school students (some with as few as 15 members) are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. To learn more, please visit www.firstinspires.org.

 

RTR Team 2421 is registered in Virginia as a non-stock corporation with IRS tax exemption status.

About


Based in Burke, Virginia, RTR Team 2421 was founded in Fall 2007 as a non-profit community robotics team compromised of home-schooled students. In Winter 2008, the team competed in its “Rookie” season. As the years passed, the team expanded its outreach to include students from local Fairfax County high schools--Lake Braddock Secondary (Burke), West Springfield (Springfield), South County (Lorton), Thomas Jefferson (Alexandria), and Robinson Secondary (Fairfax).  In April 2017, the team competed in the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, in the Archimedes Division.  Although our 2018 season ended after two district events, we learned a lot as we faced challenges and made some great alliances along the way. Our proudest achievement every season has been how our  team members give it their all to the very end of the competition season no matter whether they are ranked at the top or at the bottom!

The 2018 team includes nine home-schoolers, one student from South County, one student from Thomas Jefferson, five students from West Springfield, and 18 students from Lake Braddock. Any student in grade 9-12 is eligible to become a member of our team and design, build, and program a robot to compete in FIRST competitions!

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate “Sport for the Mind.”  Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of  high school students (some with as few as 15 members) are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. To learn more, please visit www.firstinspires.org.

 

RTR Team 2421 is registered in Virginia as a non-stock corporation with IRS tax exemption status.

After the entire team collaborates on the design to compete most effectively on the game field, the BUILD TEAM brings the physical robot to life. Team members cut, drill, and screw pieces together to make the robot functional. They make everything required to compete—gearboxes, drive rain, plexiglass ramps, climbing apparatus, specialized wheels, metal grippers, and much more. Students gain experience using a variety of tools, CAD, and 3D printers. Of course, duct tape fixes everything at competitions!

The ELECTRONICS TEAM is responsible for developing an innovative wiring plan for the robot. They wire up the motors, roboRIO control board, drive camera, LED lights, and anything hardware-based. Team members gain experience in basic electronics, using soldering tools, measuring functions with a multimeter, and trouble-shooting a myriad of electrical issues.

Advanced and novice programmers are on the PROGRAMMING TEAM. They are guided by a Lead Mentor, who is an experienced developer. The programmers are responsible for writing the code that communicates to the robot what tasks to perform on the playing field—autonomously and in conjunction with a student driver. Eclipse IDE and Java are used to develop code.

Everyone associated with RTR Robotics Team 2421 is on the MARKETING TEAM. As part of the competition, team members collaborate to create a team “brand.” This involves designing a logo that is used for the team t-shirt (with sponsors listed on the back), buttons distributed at events, and promotional materials. Team members also recruit at local schools and organizations, produce pamphlets, contact sponsors, and communicate via social media. At FIRST competitions, RTR Robotics Team 2421 members “scout” other teams to form alliances. Parents play an important role in the team's marketing efforts, too—especially getting employer sponsorships and grants!