FIRST Chesapeake uses robots as the vehicle to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based leadership enrichment programs and competitions to youth in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Our mission is to:

  • Inspire youth to become science & technology leaders by engaging them in robotics programs that build STEM skills 
  • Promote the spirit of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Foster valuable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, and creative thinking
  • Help young people acquire the knowledge and skills needed to compete in our technology-driven global economy
  • Encourage students to pursue STEM-based academics and future careers.

FIRST Chesapeake operates under the umbrella of VirginiaFIRST, a registered 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1999. Our programs directly impact over 7,000+ middle and high school students. Each year, 60,000+ individuals attend 20+ robotics competitions in the FIRST Chesapeake District. FIRST Chesapeake also works closely with our local FIRST partners to bring a seamless progression of Pre-K-12 STEM-based programs to youth in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

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Want to see what a FIRST Chesapeake competition is like and hear from our teams and volunteers? Check out our View From All Sides video

  • Thursday, February 25th, 7:00pm - "FTC Drivers Meeting."
      • This meeting is for teams who will compete at: FTC North Championship, FTC South Championship
  • Thursday, March 4th, 6:00pm - Today's Women in STEM Series Sponsored by Leidos. "Cool Jobs: Discussion with Dominion Employees - Presented by Dominion Energy." Moderated by Emma Holincheck, Alumni Ambassador.
      • Featuring:
          • Diane Leopold, EVP and Chief Operating Officer
          • Lisa Hilbert, Nuclear Plant Manager, North Anna Power Station
          • Kendra Pickard, Engineer III, Offshore Wind
  • Thursday, March 4th, 6:30pm - "Cool Jobs: Keith Heyde, Operations and Launch Lead for Wing, a drone delivery company from GoogleX." Imagine getting lunch, snacks, or packages delivered to your house... but by drone.
  • Thursday, March 4th, 7:00pm - "FRC Drivers Meeting."
      • This meeting is for teams who will compete at: FRC Fulton MD 1, FRC Fairlawn VA 1
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This meeting is for teams who will compete at: FTC North Championship, FTC South Championship
FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassadors are:
  • a new generation of technical and trained competition volunteers (graduated from high school within the past ten years);
  • models of Coopertition® and Gracious Professionalism®;
  • mentors and volunteers who support FIRST Chesapeake teams, especially new teams and teams in high-need areas;
  • advocates who can explain FIRST and speak to its impact at community events.
Go here to learn more about the program, here to meet the 2021 Cohort

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In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call 804.464.8945
after 5am for updates