Welcome to FIRST Chesapeake

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 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.

See what a FIRST Chesapeake competition is like and hear from our teams and volunteers.

Tune in to the FIRST Chesapeake Chats on our Twitch channel
Thursday, January 12th, 6:30pm – “Voices of STEM: Discussion with Department of Energy- Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Employees.”
Thursday, February 9th, 6:00pm – Voices of STEM Discussion TBA

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In case of Inclement Weather the day of a FIRST Chesapeake Event,Please call (804) 404-3134
after 5am for updates

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