Welcome to the homepage of Cavalier Robotics, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 619. We are the FRC team for Charlottesville City and Albemarle County. Cavalier Robotics is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are a team of high school students and adult mentors celebrating science and technology in Central Virginia, and we strive to promote the values of FIRST and stimulate interest in engineering among students throughout the region.
If you are new to FIRST and the team, thanks for visiting! Feel free to browse our site and see what we are up to, what FIRST is about, and how you can get involved. High school students, college students, parents, and adults who are enthusiastic for the promotion of STEM can all become apart of the team.
If you are already involved with FIRST, feel free to look around as well. One of our key goals is to promote the amazing sense of community FIRST provides. To that end, we hope both rookie and veteran teams will find our website to be an excellent resource. Check out the team section of the site to see how we run things or enjoy browsing our media gallery.
Finally, we cannot do this alone! We thank the University of Virginia School of Engineering along with our many private sponsors for making this team possible. If you are a representative of a local business looking to promote science and engineering within your community, we welcome any assistance-monetary or any other way you can provide. If you are interested in sponsoring the team, please contact us for more information on how you can help. Enjoy our site, and thanks again for visiting Cavalier Robotics!
FIRST is the organization that makes everything we do possible. FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Technology, sponsors a number of robotics competitions each year, including the FIRST Robotics Competition. Each competition is based on the same idea: give students a challenging problem and a short period of time to work with and let them collaborate with their fellow students and mentors to build a robot and take that robot to compete against other teams from around the world. Although each team builds a robot, it is about so much more than robotics.
During the build season (the 6-week period of time allotted for each team to build their robot), the competition, and the off season (the rest of the year), students learn not only about building robots but about valuable engineering and prototyping concepts, working with teams, and doing things they thought were impossible 6 weeks ago. No student walks away from their first build season without a new ability to collaborate under pressure and a budding passion for engineering.