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to February 10, 2018

Central Qualifier

Sponsored by Dominion Energy

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Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center

3001 North Boulevard

Richmond, VA 23230

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Event Description: This event is free and open to the public!

High School and Middle School robotics teams from Virginia and Maryland compete to win a place at the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship sponsored by ECPI University at St. Christopher's School in Richmond on February 24, 2018.

With  FIRST Tech Challenge, middle and high school student teams design, build, and program robots to meet a complex engineering challenge, then compete head-to-head against other teams in a high-tech sporting event. With the guidance of adult coaches and mentors, teams build their robots and develop a playing strategy, which includes forming alliances with other teams. Teams earn awards for robot design, creativity, documentation, community outreach, “gracious professionalism” and competition on the field.

Our students:

  • Design, build, and program working robots based on sound engineering principles
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • May earn a place in the State and World Championships
  • Can qualify for over $50 million in college scholarships


Tentative Event Schedule
7:00 AM    Team Check-In
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Inspection, Practice Matches, Judging Sessions 
10:00 AM   Driver's Meeting 
10:30 AM   Opening Ceremonies
11:00 AM   Qualification Matches
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM   Lunch Break
12:45 PM - 2:30 PM   Qualification Matches
2:30 PM   Alliance Selection
3:00 PM - 5:15 PM   Elimination Tournament
5:30 PM   Closing Ceremonies


For a list of team rank after each event, please click here:


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Event Information for Teams
Event Capacity:  48 Teams (2 x 24 Team Qualifying Events) Team Registration Cost:  $150 - Registration Page
Event Contact:  Kristin Clemons - kclemons@firstchesapeake.org
Special Information:  View the FIRST Family Blog for the latest updates Consent Forms:  Available on the FIRST Chesapeake Consent Form page
Robot Inspection Checklist:  Download Here Event PDF:  Download Here


*Inclement Weather Policy for all FIRST Chesapeake Events*- Any changes to our event schedule will be determined by the policy of the event venue or hosting school district. Because of this, we recommend that all travelling teams make hotel reservations that are refundable.