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Event Series Event Series: CENTERSTAGE℠ presented by RTX

Christiansburg FTC Qualifier

December 2, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Free – $150.00

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In CENTERSTAGE presented by RTX teams are raising the curtain on how design, creativity, and precision play a role in creating all new experiences. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format in this district qualifier.

For Teams

Christiansburg Middle School


Concessions will be available at this event. 
No food or drink allowed in the gym areas.
All food and drink to be stored and eaten in the cafeteria area. Outside food is allowed.


Please park onsite at Christiansburg Middle School. See map for more details.


Award Name
Team Number
Inspire Award20447
Inspire Award 2nd Place1885
Inspire Award 3rd Place13804
Winning Alliance – Captain20447
Winning Alliance – 1st Team Selected12096
Finalist Alliance – Captain8094
Finalist Alliance – 1st Team Selected19630
Think Award13804
Think Award 2nd Place20447
Think Award 3rd Place1885
Connect Award12096
Connect Award 2nd Place4924
Connect Award 3rd Place13804
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX10358
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 2nd Place20447
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 3rd Place1885
Control Award1885
Control Award 2nd Place20447
Control Award 3rd Place12096
Motivate Award4924
Motivate Award 2nd Place14597
Motivate Award 3rd Place16774
Design Award8094
Design Award 2nd Place1885
Design Award 3rd Place13804
Judges’ Choice Award20714
Volunteer Award 

Competing Teams

Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP
1885 1,885 Aurora Flight Sciences/Lockheed Martin/Micron/Prince William County Schools/ASCO&Battlefield High School Bobcats ASPIRE Haymarket VA USA 2,007
4924 4,924 New River Robotics Association & New River Robotics Association Red Beard Pandas Christiansburg VA USA 2,010
8094 8,094 FoxGuard Solutions/Gene Haas Foundation/Harbor Freight Tools for Schools&Burton Center for Arts & Tech Robotic Rampage Salem VA USA 2,013
10358 10,358 Ridgeview High School Squatch Watch Clintwood VA USA 2,015
12096 12,096 Oracle/Leidos&Robotics For Youth Absolute Zero Sterling VA USA 2,016
13804 13,804 Powhatan High School & Powhatan Middle School Powhatan SPEAR Powhatan VA USA 2,017
14597 14,597 Family/Community & Patrick Co High School PC Rocket Robotics Stuart VA USA 2,018
16774 16,774 J I Burton High School Raider Robotics Norton VA USA 2,019
16839 16,839 Mid-Atlantic Broadband/Kenbridge Construction/Lewis Welding/Bailey Stews/The Portable Chargers/Mecklenburg Electric Coop/Matthews Lawn Care/Ravens Nest/ Ravens Haven/Badeauxs Restaurant/Betty Williams & Lunenburg Middle School Portable Blue Devils Victoria VA USA 2,019
17548 17,548 Bland County High School &Bland Co High School Bland Sci-Tec CyberBears1 Rocky Gap VA USA 2,019
19630 19,630 Family/Community Watt Bots Chesterfield VA USA 2,021
20241 20,241 Blacksburg Middle School Roaring Robotics Blacksburg VA USA 2,021
20447 20,447 Family/Community Turing Squad Radford VA USA 2,021
20675 20,675 BAE Systems&Christiansburg Middle School Data Demons Robotics Christiansburg VA USA 2,021
20714 20,714 Floyd Co High School FloCo BuffBots1 Floyd VA USA 2,021
21358 21,358 Qualcomm/Press Glass&Magna Vista High School MagnaFlux Robotics Martinsville VA USA 2,022
22682 22,682 Blacksburg Middle School Da Bananas Blacksburg VA USA 2,022
Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP


Team judging begins at 8:00 a.m. Please be prompt.  Each Team will have a ten to fifteen minute “fact-finding” interview with a panel of two or three judges. At the start of the interview, Teams will have a maximum of 5 minutes to present to the judges. After the Team’s five-minute presentation, the judges will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Team, the Robot, and outreach efforts. 

Engineering Portfolios
Teams should submit an Engineering Portfolio (not an Engineering Notebook). This is outlined in the Game Manual.
The Engineering Portfolio should be on paper (not electronic) and should be given to the Judges during the judging interview.

Control Award Submissions
Control Award Submissions, which are optional, should be on paper (not electronic) and should be given to the Judges during the judging interview.

Official Q&A Forum
If you have not already, make sure you check out and review the questions and answers on the FIRST Tech Challenge Official Q&A Forum. More questions and answers are added weekly!

Judging Schedule


 Panel 1Panel 2Panel 3
12/2/2023, 08:00 AM –
08:15 AM
Watt Bots
Da Bananas
Absolute Zero
12/2/2023, 08:20 AM –
08:35 AM
Red Beard Pandas
Roaring Robotics
MagnaFlux Robotics
12/2/2023, 08:40 AM –
08:55 AM
Squatch Watch
Raider Robotics
Turing Squad
12/2/2023, 09:00 AM –
09:15 AM
Bobcats ASPIRE
Bland Sci-Tec CyberBears1
Powhatan SPEAR
12/2/2023, 09:20 AM –
09:35 AM
Robotic Rampage
Portable Blue Devils
PC Rocket Robotics
12/2/2023, 09:40 AM –
09:55 AM
FloCo BuffBots1
Data Demons Robotics

Event Schedule
7:30 AM Team Check-in, Pits Open
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Inspections, Judge Interviews, Practice
10:10 AM Driver’s Meeting
10:30 AM Opening Ceremony
10:45 AM – 12:30 PM Qualification Matches
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:45 PM Qualification Matches Continues
3:00 PM Alliance Selection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Elimination and Final Rounds
5:15 PM Closing Ceremony
6:30 PM Pits Close

 Last updated November 29, 2023

Pit Size

Each team will have a 2’x 6’ table and the space immediately in front of that table. There is not a guaranteed minimum pit size, as we must keep the aisles clear for the judges and transporting equipment and robots.

Match Schedule

To be announced on site.

Health & Safety

Appropriate safety attire, including safety glasses, ling hair tied back and closed-toe shoes, are required while in the pits. 

Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the pit area. Teams are responsible for providing their team members AND guests with safety glasses. 

We encourage all visitors wear a masks in the pits and in the stands. Please stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of illness, especially shortness of breath, fever, cough, or congestion. 

Remember to also clean up after your teams and only go into areas that are permitted while at the venue.


Three teams will advance from this qualifier to the FIRST Chesapeake District FTC Championship. 


Order of Advancement

  1. Inspire Award Winner
  2. Winning Alliance Captain
  3. Inspire Award 2nd place

*Awards are based on advancement rules in Game Manual 1, page 27. 

Inclement Weather Policy for FIRST Chesapeake Events

Any changes to our event schedule will be determined by the policy of the event venue or hosting school district. Because of this, we recommend that all traveling teams make hotel reservations that are refundable.

In case of inclement weather the day of a FIRST Chesapeake event, click to call (804.404.3134) after 5am for updates.

For Volunteers

Empower the next generation of changemakers and innovators.

FIRST® volunteers are part of a global robotics community preparing young people for the future. Even if you only have a few hours to give, your contribution can make a difference. Working side by side with FIRST participants, volunteers play an important role in shaping young minds and inspiring students to achieve.

Volunteer roles range from safety attendants and field reset to judges, emcees, and referees. Volunteering at an event is a great way to share technical or professional knowledge, but you do not need special skills or expertise to volunteer.

For Attendees

All FIRST Chesapeake competitions, qualifiers, and championships are free and open to the public.

If you would like to, you can RSVP below. 

As we work as a community to prepare young people for a STEM future, FIRST aims to ensure its programs have a lasting, positive impact on all participants.

Join us in our mission to empower the young minds of DC, MD, and VA. Together, we can spark innovation, foster diversity, and make the impossible possible. Your support is not just a donation; it’s an investment in the future.

Together, let’s build a brighter, more innovative future.

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December 2, 2023
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $150.00
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Christiansburg Middle School
1205 Buffalo Dr
Christiansburg, 24073 United States
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