Downingtown Area Robotics is a volunteer non-profit organization that teaches K-12 students hands-on skills. We teach STEM skills, leadership skills and life skills. We also teach marketing, project management, social media management and communication skills to our students who are not interested in STEM skills. We use FIRST robotics as a framework for our programs.
Our students come from around the Chester County Area. DAR Robotics is not a school-based team so everyone is welcome to join!
DAR Robotics consists of 4 programs that are highlighted below.
DAR consistently competes in the Robotics Competitions held by FIRST.
A critical dimension of Team operations is Fundraising. No money, no robots!
The Beginning: 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 name Sab-BOT-Age is derived from Paul Sabatino's vital contributions towards Downingtown Area Robotics.
The Process: In 2011, the team had to leave the aegis of the Downingtown Area School District and formed Downingtown Area Robotics, Inc. (DAR). By 2011, 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.
Present Day: As of now, DAR is a large program and is ever-expanding. We consist of 6 FLL and Explorer Teams, 3 FTC Teams, and 1 FRC team.
The organization has expanded its scope and magnitude on all FIRST programs and became world competitors in all of them!
In Downingtown Area Robotics, we utilize CAD programs (Computer-Aided Design) to help design custom, light-weight pieces for our robot and we use assemblies of the parts for prototype purposes. These softwares include Onshape and the SolidWorks licensing program.
DAR Robotics also uses CAM programs (Computer Aided Manufacturing) to design and manufacture parts using aluminum, steel, etc.