RVA MakerFest
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00am - 5:00pm
Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA)


Click here for 2018 Maker Applications
Deadline: June 7th
Application Fee: $10.00
MakerFest 2018
Last year's layout worked really well so we'll use it again this year. You can request for your booth to be outside in Garner Pavilion or in the Gottwald event center which has AC, plenty of floor outlets, low or high lighting, & is located beside Garner. Food trucks will be in the middle of Garner and Gottwald...easy access!
  • Attendees and YOU will be able to have food and beverages inside Gottwald and, of course, outside. 
  • More signage and volunteers directing attendees to the Gottwald event center.
  • More parking spaces!
  • Additional advertising promoting "makers goods for sale."
REQUIRED: Throughout the day of RVA MakerFest, you must demonstrate your craft/trade so attendees learn a little about how you use S.T.E.A.M. (e.g. science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to make your goods.
Hands-on Activity: Bonus points if you include a 3 - 5 minute hands-on activity for children & adults to enjoy at your booth. In most cases, the activity includes participants making an item they can take home and share on social media (free advertising for you!) It's up to you if you would like to charge or not charge a fee for your hands-on activity. 
TIP: You will get more traffic at your booth, if you have a hands-on activity throughout the day.
  • If accepted, makers who plan on selling goods or collecting donations will be charged $75 for each booth requested (i.e. if you request 2 booths, you will be charged $150). 
  • If you are not selling goods or collecting donations, you will be charged $10 for each booth requested (i.e. if you request 2 booths, you will be charged $20).
  • Applicants will be notified by mid-June with the status of their participation in RVA MakerFest.
FIRST Chesapeake teams have been invited to support FIRST in Michigan with their National Advocacy event on June 26th, in Washington, DC. Team 1885 is leading the local support on field set up and robot demonstrations. The event however, is lead by Michigan teams. 
At the moment, FRC Team 1885 is looking to see which teams would like to be involved at this level. If your team is interested in bringing a robot and team members to the Rayburn Building on June 26th, please complete this form.  
Once Team 1885 receives final implementation information, they will pass that along. At the moment, they are looking for interested teams. If you have any questions, please email Gail Drake at gailddrake@gmail.com.

Celebration of Science” event will take place at Nysmith School, Herndon, VA on June 9th.

This is an event that brings together all THINKERS, MAKERS, DREAMERS, and DOERS where they can share/learn and inspire each other in the fields of science, technology and engineering. Last year was immensely successful with hundreds of people participating and benefitting from this event. It is a great opportunity for kids from K-12 to showcase their FLL/FTC robots, outreach and interact with other coaches, mentors and experts in the field. They have some great keynotes planned.

See the flyer for more information: https://tinyurl.com/csflyer2

Email cs@roboticsforyouth.org



The FIRST Chesapeake website www.firstchesapeake.org will be undergoing updates on Wednesday May 16th.  It is possible that access may be affected into Thursday.  If you receive an error message, please try again later.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

The 2018-19 season FIRST program theme has been announced- FIRST LAUNCH 2019.  This overriding space theme is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.  Click here for more information about the theme and the four FIRST programs for students K-12!



Drobots Company is looking for paid teachers and interns to help us staff their DC, MD and VA drone STEM camps this summer.  Interns must be graduating high school seniors or college-aged. 

See their website for more information and the job application: http://drobotscompany.com/were-hiring-for-kids-drones-camp/

These paid positions will start training in May, and camps start as early as first week of June.  Because of this, if you are interested in this summer job, contact Mary Lockwood with Drobots at  mary@summercampadvising.com so she can expedit your application.

FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Kresge to the position of Chairman to the organization's Board of Directors. Mr. Kresge is the Head of Digital Commerce Engineering at Capital One and a longtime member of FIRST Chesapeake board. For more information please see this press release announcing Jim's appointment.

We would also like to thank Scott McKay for his years of service as our Board Chair. Under Scott's guidance, FIRST Chesapeake/ VirginiaFIRST has grown from one annual competition to an interstate non-profit representing 300+ middle and high school robotics teams. He has been a board member, volunteer, advocate and mentor. As Emeritus Chair to our Board, and member of the FIRST Headquarters' Board of Directors, Scott will continue to help FIRST build tomorrow's technology leaders.