This is FTC Team 4592, the Nuts and Bolts. This is our 6th season doing FTC, and we are really excited for this year’s competition! We’re a home-based team from the Chantilly/Centreville area of Northern Virginia (NoVA). Initially, we were a very small FTC team having 4 members, but last year we grew to 13 members. And even though we had 8 seniors who graduated this spring, we have 11 members for this season! We are also a much younger team than last season, so we are excited to learn and grow!
All of our team members attend either a local Chantilly or South Riding area elementary/middle school, Chantilly HS (CHS), or Paul VI Catholic School, and many of us have prior experience participating in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competitions. For six members of our team, this is their first year in FTC. Although some members of our FTC team are very experienced, we are still learning new things, such as the new FTC communications, PTC Creo, etc. We continued our community service by working with other FTC teams, as well as reaching out to industry by visiting with Orbital ATK. We can’t wait to show everyone what the Nuts & Bolts have been doing this season!!
My name is Katie M, and I am a senior at Chantilly High School. This is my third year doing FTC. I became interested in robotics because of my brother Peyton who graduated this spring. I thought robotics would be interesting and fun, I have found that to be true! I enjoy being part of the team and part of the FIRST robotics program. My goal for this season is to help the team in any way I can, learn as much as possible, and become a leader for others. Other than robotics, I also enjoy doing gymnastics.
My name is Sarah, and I am a junior at Chantilly High School. I am also a third year member on this FTC team. I enjoy the FIRST Robotics program and it has helped me learn about new and interesting subjects. I also play basketball on a competitive team. I’ve been to AAU nationals for basketball four times. My goals for this year are to expand my knowledge in areas that I’m interested in and to help the team in any way I can.
My name is Ben, and I am a sophmore at Chantilly High School. This is my second year doing FTC, so I have some experience with most aspects of the team. I became interested in robotics because a few of the members of my extended family are involved in Vex. I have a large amount of experience with programming, starting with the Python programming language and currently utilizing C#, C++, Java, and other languages based on the project. Last year I utilized RobotC and multiple sensors along with the rest of the team to win several awards, and I am looking forward to learning how to use the new control system. Outside of FTC, I am an active participant in FRC Team 612, Chantilly Robotics, as well as a local Boy Scout troop.
My name is Sejin, and I am a junior at Chantilly High School. This is my second year doing FTC. I’ve been wanting to do robotics since the freshmen year but it was difficult to do sports and robotics at the same time. Luckily, I was introduced to home robotics by Katie’s brother, Peyton. I became very interested in the build team and I’ve learned a lot last season from the veterans. My goal this year is to learn more about robotics and making myself more useful to this team. Outside of robotics, I also enjoy running in track, especially hurdles.
My name is Wang Geun (Jayce), and I am a junior at Chantilly High School. This is my first year doing FTC. I became interested in robotics because I have always enjoyed watching how engineers design blueprints through the construction of prototypes. I was part of the VEX and am an active participant of FRC at Chantilly High school. I wanted to do more activities that involve developing robots and exchange ideas with those who are interested in robotics as well.
My name is Carson, and I am a seventh grader at Rocky Run Middle School.This is my first year doing FTC. I became interested in robotics because my brother, Peyton, did it and my sister, Katie M, is on the team now. I am interested in Java programming and building the robot. I hope to learn a wide variety of things during my first season. Besides robotics, I enjoy playing basketball and baseball.
My name is Dheeraj, and I am a sophmore at Chantilly High School. This is my second year doing FTC. This is my first year doing home based FTC. I have always been interested in robotics as both my parents were engineers and this was a great way to get into engineering. Previously, I had done two years of FLL. My goal this year is to learn the engineering process and more efficent ways to work as a team. I am also interested in learning Java. Outside of robotics, I am involved in debate, tennis, and science olympiad.
My name is Nicholas, and I am a freshman at Paul VI Catholic High School. This is my second year doing FTC. I am also in my 2nd year as a member of my school’s FLL robotics team, the Tigerbots. I love both robotics and technology, and I have taken summer programming classes since 5th grade. My goal this year is to learn more about robotics and figure out how I can help my team. I also want to learn CAD. Outside of robotics, I enjoy playing soccer and tennis, and I am an avid supporter of the U.S. men’s national soccer team.
My name is Jai, and I am a 8th grader at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School. This is my second year participationg in the FTC. Last year, I moved on from three years of FLL because I wanted to get some experience with something other than Legos. I love the STEM field, and was named Americas 3rd Top Young Sciencist in 2014 by Discovery Education and 3M. Last year, I mainly focused on CAD, but this year, I want to focus more on the mechanical and programming part of this project. My goal this year is to learn Java Script and hopefully be a part of the mechanical design team.
My name is Kristina, and I am a 6th grader at Poplar Tree Elementary School. This is my first year doing FTC. I’ve been wanting to do robotics since 4th grade but it was difficult to do sports and robotics at the same time. Luckly, I was introduced to robotics by my brother George. I became very interested in the build team and I’ve been learning a lot from the coaches. My goal this year is to learn more about robotics and learn new things. Outside of robotics, I also enjoy playing basketball.
My name is Samantha, and I am in seventh grade at J. Micheal
Lunsford middle school. This is my first year doing FTC or any other. I wanted to do FTC because I thought this would be a great learning experience for me. My goal this year is to learn all I can from my mentors including the names of tools I use to build the robot. I am also here to learn some life lessons such as teamwork and sportsmanship. One activity I do outside of robotics is that I play volley ball.
I’m John, and I am the Coach for FTC Team 4592. This is my 6th season coaching FTC. I coached FLL for 3 seasons prior to FTC. I believe that FIRST is a fantastic program that will help every participant reach their fullest potential and enable our country to keep pace in a world where technology is used to better our lives. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Computer and Information Science and later earned a M.B.A. in Science, Technology, and Innovation from George Washington University. I’ve spent the past 32 years working as a government contractor doing software programming, system engineering, and program management. I’m an avid sports fan, especially football and soccer.
I’m Ron, and I have been a mentor with Team 4592 for 5 seasons. I’m honored to be part of the FIRST program that provides youth an outstanding education in real-life problem solving. FTC provides a fantastic complement to a high-school education. I attended the University of Waterloo (Canada) and acquired a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering. Later I attended Queen’s University completing a M.B.A. with a specialty in Technology. I have worked for the last 18 years at CGI/American Management System.
I’m Nancy, and I have been a mentor with Team 4592 for 4 seasons. I’m honored to be part of the FIRST program that provides youth an outstanding education in real-life problem solving. FTC provides a fantastic complement to a high-school education. I attended the University of Waterloo (Canada) and acquired a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering. Later I attended Queen’s University completing a M.B.A. with a specialty in Technology. I have worked for the last 18 years at CGI/American Management System.