1989 in order to inspire more interest in the fields of science and technology. In this competition, our team designs, programs, and builds a robot that performs an annually assigned task – all in the span of six weeks. This year, our team, number 2186, will compete in two competitions in March, 2017, against sixty other teams. 

The process of designing and building the robot is not an easy one. It must be completed within six weeks, which flies by unbelievably fast with so many things to get done. It can also get a bit expensive. The journey from the first blank sheet on the drawing board to the completed robot participating in the competition is long and stressful, yet its value and benefits reach so far beyond robotics and competing. Through the program, students gain a priceless opportunity to experiment and explore their technological capabilities and gain exposure to several aspects of technology, including technical design, computer programming, marketing, and even business management.

In order to make this journey successful, the team needs support from the community on several levels. One of the most effective ways to support the Dogs of Steel is to sponsor us financially. With your financial support, the team will be able to purchase necessary materials and tools to construct the robot; in return, we offer several benefits, including advertising space on the robot itself (see packet for more details about financial support). You can also support us by donating your time and valuable experience through mentoring. Enthusiasm, patience, and the ability to meet the team at least monthly are the main qualifications for a great mentor.  Experience with CAD, programming, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering help too. Third, sustaining in-kind support through product donations and discounts allows us to stretch our financial resources even farther. Any support offered will help and enrich the Dogs of Steel and ensure that students have opportunities and exposure to the areas of science and technology that will prepare them to meet the growing demand for technology in today’s world.

What we represent:

The Westfield Dogs of Steel competes within FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, technology, and engineering skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

The Dogs of Steel, team 2186, was founded in 2007 at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor. The Dogs of Steel were named for the school’s mascot, the bulldog. Today, the team consists of approximately twenty-five students and five mentors. The majority of the members are from Westfield High School, with one student from an area high school that does not have a FIRST team. Our mentors represent engineers from Stellar Solutions, BAE Systems, and SyCom Technologies.

Through the program, students are able to:

 Apply engineering principles to the design, build, and operation of robots for competitions
 Hands-on experience with multi-disciplinary collaborative problem-solving
 Learn and apply programming languages
 Cooperation, Communication, and Teamwork
 Volunteer within their community
 Work with community industry and engineering firms

Team Organization:

 25 Students
 5 Mentors
 10 Parents
 2 Teachers

Team Impact:

 Alumni majoring in STEM fields
 Participation in community STEM events at local elementary schools
 Participation in Westfield High School’s Bulldog Bar-B- Que
 Participation in corporate events

TL;DR - We are seriously fun.  We are a robotics team that operates within the FIRST system.  We do coding, designing, building, and business stuff.  It's a lot of fun, so help us out by joining the team, giving your time, or donating.

The Long Version

​The Westfield Robotics Dogs of Steel exists to encourage the development of students’ interests in the area of math and science. By doing so, the program prepares young minds to work and thrive in our increasingly technological world and global economy. The team participates in a competition held by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a program developed in