Our Mission

To help young minds discover the joys of engineering and working together as team, while developing STEM skills, leadership skills, and building FTC Robots that can compete and win. Inspiring a mind-set of innovation, collaboration, and sharing.

About Us

The X-bots are a community based FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team dedicated to sharing the wonders of STEM and FIRST. After five years in FLL the X-bots graduated to FTC in 2012. This is our eighth year in FTC.

Team consists of six FCPS Students, senior Anoushka Chintada; junior Arjun Mangipudi sophomores Anish Malik, Shawn Malik and freshmen Johnathan Tong and Anand Vinod. Since winning the Virginia/DC Division 1 FLL Championships in 2010, we have been FIRST ambassadors and have spread our love of FIRST to the community. We feel that FIRST has taught us many valuable life lessons besides STEM  – leadership skills, team work, and Gracious Professionalism and want to bring that to our community and beyond.


Anoushka Chintada

Role – Team Captain, Drive Coach, Builder, Programmer, Outreach

Hi! My name is Anoushka Chintada. I am an 12th grader at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. This is my 8th year of FTC, and I had participated in First Lego League for two years. I was honored to be selected as a Dean’s List Finalist from VA twice and was thrilled to attend the World Championship in Detroit to meet the founders Dr.Dean Kamen and Dr.Woodie Flowers. Some of my hobbies are reading, playing piano and flute, and doing science experiments. I am training in Indian Classical dance and I performed at Kennedy Center with my dance group. In middle school, I created a non-profit to help bring STEM to the community and am an officer on my school’s underwater robotics team. I enjoyed doing Science Olympiad and mentoring other FTC teams. In my house, FTC is a family event, with my brother and both parents coaching. I really love FTC and FIRST as they’ve both helped shape my life in so many ways. My roles in FTC on the team include team lead, leader for Engineering Notebook, driving coach, and builder.

What I love about FTC:

FTC is something I look forward to every weekend. It makes me so happy to be able to work and learn so much about real life processes. FTC opens up so many doors and opportunities that I wouldn’t otherwise have.

What I love about X-BOTS:

Being on X-Bots has changed me so much. I’ve watched us grow and change, team members come and go, and watched us win and lose, but through it all we’ve always been a team that supports each and every member equally, one that works hard, and one that forever values the things that also matter to me. All the X-BOTS are like a second family to me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Arjun Mangipudi

Role   –  Builder, Community Outreach

 Hi! My name is Arjun Mangipudi, and I am a Junior attending Westfield High School. This will be my third year doing FTC and my 6th year with FIRST. I love to run and play various sports. My hobbies include various outdoor activities such as boating, biking, and hiking. I participate in track, Science Olympiad, and Science bowl. My goal for this season is to try and build the best or highest scoring robot there is for this challenge.

What I love about FTC:

I like working together with my teammates to build the robot and score the most points we can. I also like the competitiveness of FTC.

What I love about X-BOTS:

I like being a part of X-BOTS because I am able to build and do what I love which is something I take as a privilege.


    Johnathon Tong

Role   – Programmer

I’m Johnathan, a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology. This is my third year doing FTC and my first year on the X-Bots. Outside of robotics, I play video games with my friend. Some programming languages I have previously worked with are Python and Java.

What I love about FTC:

FTC is a team-based activity. Meaning that everybody does their part to contribute and build a, hopefully, functioning robot. This means that everybody learns new things whether it is mechanical or programming. Not only does the team learn, we inspire many people by doing outreach in our communities. This allows us to give back to the community.

What I love about XBOTS:

I like how welcoming everyone on the team has been. This is my first year in the team. The team is very efficient and has taught me a lot about programming. Not only did I learn about programming, they also make sure programmers have basic mechanical skills. 

Fun Fact: 

I like to play card games in my free time.


Anand Vinod

Role   –  Programmer

I am Anand, a freshman at Langley Highschool. I have competed in FLL Tournaments for 3 years, and have done FTC for 2 years. Outside of school, I do American Computer Science League, and piano. I enjoy programming in java, and having a challenge. I hope to use my programming knowledge to complete the tasks this year, in a timely and efficient manner. 

What I love about FTC:

I like how FTC gives a real life application to what we learn in and out of school. Although it may be on a smaller scale, eventually we will use these concepts and ideas later on. It’s also very satisfying to see the robot work. 

What I love about XBOTS:

I like how all of the team is very supportive. I also like how have the resources to try ideas on concepts that we have. Additionally, the team members are passionate about robotics, which makes FTC a more enjoyable experience.

Fun Fact: 

I play tennis in my spare time.


Anish Malik

Role   –  Build, CAD Design, Driver, Outreach

My name is Anish Malik. I am in 10th grade and go to James Madison High School. I have done FLL for 4 years, and this is my third year doing FTC. Some of my hobbies include playing tennis, coding, building, and, of course, video games. I participate in Technology Student Association, Cyber Patriot, and American Computer Science League. My goals for the season are to make friends on the team and build a robot that functions well for the challenge.

What I love about FTC:

I like FTC because it is a hands-on learning experience and I am learning a lot.

What I love about X-BOTS:

I like that all the team members are really nice and I get to help out in lots of building based tasks.


Shawn Malik

Role   –   CAD Design, Build, Driver

My name is Shawn Malik and I am a 10th grader, currently attending James Madison School. I have had 5 years of experience in FLL, and this is my third year in FTC. Some of my hobbies include playing basketball and doing robotics. When I grow up, I want to be a mechanical engineer. I participate in many activities outside of school. I am in ACSL (American Computer Science League), and also TSA (Technology Student Association), in which I have a leadership position. This year in FTC I hope to expand my knowledge in technology and learn a lot about robotics.

What I love about FTC:

I like participating in FTC because it provides me with an opportunity to participate in a friendly competition while allowing me to learn a lot, and gain experience in the robotics field.

What I love about X-BOTS:

I like being on team X-BOTS because we are a very diverse team. Unlike most teams, we are not all from one school, rather we are a community-based team, and we come from various different backgrounds, allowing all of us to learn from each other, as we have different strengths.

Robotics is part of daily life in the family: Nagesh Chintada and Asha Indira have dedicated countless hours and their basement for Robotics, coaching the X-BOTS for over 10 years now. They both have background in Computer Science, Engineering, Product Development, and they enjoy mentoring the youth, teaching them skills to thrive in 21st Century through FTC.

Our Coaches Asha Indira and Nagesh Chintada


X-BOTS.. some milestones…

The X-bots at the Eastern Super-Regional Tournament in 2015
The X-bots after winning the Virginia/DC  FLL State Championship in 2010. Went on to represent Virginia at FLL International @Legoland, California.
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The X-Bots very first tournament ( FLL) in 2009.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison Dickson-Kozloski says:

    I am wondering how a child joins the team. I have an eighth grader at Irving Middle School who is interested.

    1. xbots says:

      Hi Alison, teams usually form /recruit during June through August. There are many local, community teams which usually look to add new members. It really depends on the kid can do and is motivated to do.

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