FRC Team 1640

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FRC Team 1640 was founded with 12 students in 2005 by Downingtown East High School physics teacher Paul Sabatino. Prior to joining the Downingtown East faculty, Mr. Sabatino mentored FRC Team 104 in the West Chester School District.

The team's name is Sab-BOT-age, in honor of Paul Sabatino's vital contributions.

In 2011, the team had to leave the aegis of the Downingtown Area School District and formed Downingtown Area Robotics (DAR). The FRC 1640 team now encompasses thirty five students from throughout Chester County and more than a dozen mentors. While the organization has expanded its scope to include a FIRST Tech Challenge team and hosts two FIRST LEGO League events annually, FRC 1640 remains solidly the core of DAR.

FRC 1640 competes within the FIRST Mid-Atlantic (previously Mid-Atlantic Robotics) District. Find us on Facebook

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What makes us special? - why join?

  • 1640 is not a school-based FRC team. We accept students throughout Chester County, Pennsylvania.
  • We are a co-ed team which makes co-ed work. Girls and Boys both occupy leadership roles within the team, and always have. The same holds within the team's mentor community. Advancement is based on merit and drive/commitment.
  • Competition - 1640 won fifteen coveted blue banners in the past nine years. We won the last Philadelphia Regional (2011) as alliance captain and won the subsequent two MAR Championships. We've been to FRC Championships in St. Louis the last eight years and in 2013, 2014 & 2017, we were DIVISION CHAMPIONS and found ourselves competing on EINSTEIN FIELD (the final level of competition). In 2014 we were EINSTEIN FINALISTS. In 2015, we finished all in-season qualifications in the top 5 and were winners or finalists in all of our eliminations. We have earned a reputation for playing smart and strategically.
  • Technology - 1640 has spent eight years developing swerve drive, in which all four robot drive wheels are independently driven and steered. Technically challenging, this gives us both unparalleled agility and very good traction.

Once again, why join?

  • We do a lot of really cool technical stuff, such as:
  • CAD/CAM - Computer aided design (via SolidWorks) and Computer aided manufacturing.
  • Welding - Aluminum via MIG & steel by stick & MIG. Our last nine robot chassis have been student welded (aluminum).
  • Composite Materials - Our last seven robots have utilized carbon fiber and E-glass based composites. All made in-house.
  • Machining
  • Polymer molding
  • Polymer forming - via heat table and vacuum-forming.
  • 3-d Printing
  • The team is tied into the community and is active in outreach.
  • There is over $20M in scholarship opportunities available to FRC students.
  • This will be the hardest fun you will ever have!
  • Our mentors!
  • Our alumni!


DEWBOT XIX 2024 - Crescendo
DEWBOT XVIII 2023 - Charged Up
DEWBOT XVII 2022 - Rapid React
DEWBOT XV 2019 - Destination: DEEP SPACE
DEWBOT XIV 2018 - FIRST Power Up
DEWBOT XIII 2017 - FIRST SteamWorks
DEWBOT XII 2016 - FIRST Stronghold
DEWBOT XI 2015 - Recycle RushSM
DEWBOT X 2014 - Aerial Assist
DEWBOT IX 2013 - Ultimate AscentSM
DEWBOT VIII 2012 - Rebound Rumble
DEWBOT VII 2011 - Logomotion
DEWBOT VI 2010 - Breakaway
DEWBOT V 2009 - Lunacy
DEWBOT IV 2008 - Overdrive
DEWBOT III 2007 - Rack 'n Roll
DEWBOT II 2006 - Aim High
DEWBOT I 2005 - Triple Play


We have a Steering Committee to provide strategic leadership, governanace and make significant capital decisions.

Our Head Mentor provides tactical leadership and direction.

For gettting the word out, we rely on the Media Team.

A critical dimension of Team operations is Fundraising. No money, no robots!


Chronological by reverse season. Official awards are bold, off-season awards are standard, and team peer awards and italicized.

2023 - Charged Up

2022 - Rapid React

2021 - Infinite Recharge - COVID-19 Interregnum

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    Excellence in Engineering Award - Ruthenium Group - INFINITE RECHARGE AT HOME
  • Champion - Duel on the Delaware
  • Champion - Ramp Riot

2020 - Infinite Recharge

2019 - Deep Space

2018 - Power Up

2017 - SteamWorks

2016 - FIRST Stronghold

2015 - Recycle Rush

2014 - Aerial Assist

2013 - Ultimate Ascent

2012 - Rebound Rumble

2011 - LogoMotion

2010 - Breakaway

2009 - Lunacy

2008 - Overdrive