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Welcome to Downingtown Area Robotics
Home of FRC Team 1640.
from Downingtown, Pa.
Downingtown Area Robotics in Downingtown Pennsylvania, is a group of Students, Mentors and Sponsors, focused in getting students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based careers. We facilitate this through numerous activities garnering these skills and knowledge. The most important would be the Robotics Competitions. From the beginning, we teach each roboteer valuable skills including: critical thinking, communications, organization, teamwork, creativity, and collaboration. We also bring in STEM knowledge in areas of electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, programming, designing, building and rebuilding, prototyping, and mathematics.


We build robots for three different competitions, FIRST Robotics Competition the VEX Robot Challenge and the FIRST Lego League.

FRC logo.jpg
FIRST Robots are large, at 28" * 38" * 60" and weigh up to 120 pounds. You are given an inital kit of parts. You can buy or fabricate most any other part that you need from any source. The robot can be either bolted or welded, no glue or tape is allowed. The robot must be designed, built and tested in six weeks. There is a limit on the numbers of motors that you can use. The robot is powered by a single 12 volt battery.
Team 1640 is registered for Finger Lakes (RIT, Rochester NY 4-6 Mar-2010) and Philadelphia (Drexel, Philadelpha PA 25-27 Mar-2010) Regional Competitions!

VEX logo.jpg
VEX Robots must fit into an 18" cube and do not have a weight limit. Parts may only be purchased from VEX, but they can be cut and shaped any way provided there are no sharp edges. Parts may only be bolted together, no assembly with glue or tape is allowed. There is a limit of ten motors and/or servos. The robot is powered by a single 7.2 volt battery.
VEX teams are going to Penn State Abington VEX Clean Sweep Scrimmage on December 5, DockBot'10 on January 23, 2010, the Mid-Atlantic Competion on February 27, and will also hold and attend the Eastern Pennsylvania Regional Championships on March 13, 2010

FIRST Lego League are smaller robots that are made out of Lego parts. Teams build robots to perform autonomous missions. These missions may require the robot to do one or more steps.


There are a number of teams that make up Downingtown Area Robotics(FRC, VRC and FLL):

FIRST Robotics Competition -- FRC Team 1640, Team Sab-BOT-age - Every year we build a new robot, they are all called DEWBOT (from Downingtown East and West roBOT) and are numbered. The 2010 robot is called DEWBOT VI. Start with the overview of DEWBOT VI to get an idea about this years game Breakaway and our robot.

VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 80 -- our "All girl team" for 2009-2010
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 81
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 82
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 84
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 89
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 90
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 92
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 96
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 98
VEX Robot Challenge -- VRC Team 1640

FIRST Lego League -- FIRST Lego League 2009 Teams 2028 & 7230

Meeting Information

Team Sab-BOT-age, the FRC team and the VRC teams meet year round. Below is the latest information on their meeting times and places.

FRC Team 2010 Season -- DEWBOT VI - Please look at the FRC 2010 Calendar to see all the work nights in the build season. Team members should also check the Team Announcement page for the latest updates.

VEX 2009-10 Season -- Wednesday 6:30-8:30 Downingtown Educational Center. Our 2009-2010 season playing Clean Sweep (info and schedule) has started. VEX parents please read Clean Sweep Newsletter 17 February

Watch this Clean Sweep Video and think of cool ideas.

We have started an "All-Girl" VEX Team 80 - Pegasus, come join them

There is also a FIRST Lego League team.

Come to one of our team meetings or contact us: Dewbotrobot at Yahoo dot com

Other sessions

The Steering Committee meets on the last Friday of the month at 6:15PM With build season going on and there being a large number of the Steering Committee at the build sessions, there are no formal meeting until the last Friday in April. If you have an item for the Steeering Team contact them at the build session.


Thank you very much to all of our sponsors!

We would like to express our appreciation to all of our Mentors that work with the roboteers on a day to day basis.

Each student that worked on a robot is listed with that robot. Across the years we have graduated some very impressive students, you may be or soon will be working for our Alumni.

And a final thank you to all the parents that help us out.


Click here for Engineering references and links.


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