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 6,700 middle and high school students. Each year, 50,000+ individuals attend 15+ robotics competitions in the FIRST Chesapeake District. FIRST Chesapeake also works closely with our local FIRST partners to bring a seamless progression of K-12 STEM-based programs to youth in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. FIRST LEGO League FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Robotics Competition
Ages 6-10 Grades 4-8 Grades 7-12 Grades 9-12


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

This Week's Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 26th, 3:00pm - "Learn Something New! How to Create an Online Engineering Notebook Using, Sponsored by Bechtel." Presented by FTC team 16537 LOGICoyote. Presenting a new website only version of the engineering notebook, with an opportunity for beta testers this summer.
  • Tuesday, May 26th, 3:30pm - "Cool Jobs: Juan Chong iSensor Engineer at Analog Devices, Sponsored by Canon." Juan will share his FIRST experiences as an FTA and contributor to the FRC KOP, and how it relates to his job at ANalog Devices.

  • Thursday, May 28th, 3:00pm - TBA
  • Thursday, May 28th, 3:30pm - TBA
To view the FIRST Chesapeake Chats online, click here

Inclement Weather


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