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 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.W


Ages 6-10


Ages 9-14

FIRST Tech Challenge

Ages 12-18

FIRST Robotics Competition

Ages 14-18


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

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassadors cohort. The application deadline is November 30, 2022. Eligibility and program details are on the Alumni Ambassador Program application

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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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