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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

DC International School


Concessions will be available. Candy, snacks, hot cocoa, and coffee are a few of the items that will be offered.

Outside food is allowed but must be eaten in designated areas.

Meal Order Form

Please order by 11/25. Be sure to click the correct day! It is from Kush, a Mediterranean food truck operated by a DCI family.


Teams should unload at the Main Drive entrance (the place Google maps tells you to go if you input 1400 Main Dr). This entrance is on the same level as the gym, so you won’t have to climb any stairs with your robots or carts. Then, you should drive around to the gate at 14th st and Aspen st to enter our parking lot. 

The parking lot at 14th St. will be first priority for volunteers, and it is highly likely it will not hold all team vehicles. 

There is ample street parking in the neighborhood around DCI, most of which is unmetered on weekends. 

Please try to not bring large trailers unless absolutely necessary (ie you are taking multiple teams’ worth of stuff and carpooling together). If you do bring a trailer, please detach it and leave it on the right-hand side of the parking lot (closer to Georgia Avenue) so that the trailers do not occupy parking spaces that cars could use.


1Inspire Award Winner194581
2Winning Alliance Captain215872
3Inspire Award 2nd place73


Award Name
Team Number
Inspire Award19458
Inspire Award 2nd Place7
Inspire Award 3rd Place7393
Winning Alliance – Captain21587
Winning Alliance – 1st Team Selected7
Winning Alliance – 2nd Team Selected11804
Finalist Alliance – Captain19458
Finalist Alliance – 1st Team Selected23382
Finalist Alliance – 2nd Team Selected7729
Think Award7393
Think Award 2nd Place23382
Think Award 3rd Place6406
Connect Award7
Connect Award 2nd Place21587
Connect Award 3rd Place24159
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX23382
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 2nd Place21587
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 3rd Place6341
Control Award7
Control Award 2nd Place19458
Control Award 3rd Place7393
Motivate Award9830
Motivate Award 2nd Place6406
Motivate Award 3rd Place23382
Design Award21587
Design Award 2nd Place7
Design Award 3rd Place7393
Judges’ Choice Award23456

Competing Teams

Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP
7 7 TechBrick Education/DoD STEM&TechBrick Education Tactical Sheep Aberdeen Proving Ground MD USA 2,007 Emoji_7
226 226 Lockheed-Martin/Bechtel/Oakton HS PTSA/Leidos/ High School Oakton Cougar Robotics 226 Vienna VA USA 2,007 Robot Team 1
369 369 Lockheed-Martin/Bechtel/Oakton High School PTSA/Leidos/ High School Oakton Cougar Robotics 369 Vienna VA USA 2,007 Cougar of the Seven Sees
607 607 Inovex Information Systems&Family/Community Dragon Slayers Ellicot City MD USA 2,007
5709 5,709 Reservoir High School Gators Fulton MD USA 2,011
5904 5,904 Flint Hill School & Flint Hill School Cyber Pirates Oakton VA USA 2,012
6341 6,341 Flint Hill School & Flint Hill School Double 0 Ducks Oakton VA USA 2,012 Apex
6406 6,406 Clarksburg High School (Robotics Club)&Clarksburg High School First Tech Coyotes Clarksburg MD USA 2,012 New Bot 2015
6652 6,652 Flint Hill School & Flint Hill School EHuskies Oakton VA USA 2,012
7393 7,393 PIE3/NASA&Family/Community electron Volts Silver Spring MD USA 2,013
7518 7,518 Lockheed Martin&Quince Orchard High School QO CouGears (JV) Gaithersburg MD USA 2,013
7519 7,519 Lockheed Martin&Quince Orchard High School QO CougarBotics (V) Gaithersburg MD USA 2,013
7729 7,729 Bechtel / Orbital ATK & South Lakes High School Seahawks Robotics Reston VA USA 2,013
8194 8,194 VIA-SAT&Reservoir High School Digi-Gators Fulton MD USA 2,013
9830 9,830 Leidos/540/Freddie Mac/General Dynamics Information Technology/Centreville Dance Academy&Centreville High School RobotLits Clifton VA USA 2,015
11534 11,534 Family/Community Bot Brigade Quartic California MD USA 2,016
11804 11,804 Leidos/540/Freddie Mac/General Dynamics Information Technology/Centreville Dance Academy&Centreville High School Stick-Shift Clifton VA USA 2,016
19458 19,458 Rockville Robotics Inc./goBILDA/The Home Depot/Lockheed Martin/Viavi&Family/Community Equilibrium.exe Potomac MD USA 2,021
21587 21,587 Comcast/Lockheed Martin/Maryland Space Business Round Table&Family/Community Orca Robotics Potomac MD USA 2,022
23382 23,382 Family/Community Fifth Dimension North Potomac MD USA 2,023
23456 23,456 Maryland Space Business Roundtable&Family/Community 101 Robomatians Ellicott City MD USA 2,023
24159 24,159 Flint Hill School Pixelmon Oakton VA USA 2,023
24179 24,179 Family/Community Tech Tigers Fairfax VA USA 2,023
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
This year the 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 1 Panel 2 Panel 3 Panel 4 
12/2/2023, 08:00 AM –
08:15 AM
electron Volts
101 Robomatians
Tactical Sheep
12/2/2023, 08:20 AM –
08:35 AM
QO CouGears (JV)
12/2/2023, 08:40 AM –
08:55 AM
Cyber Pirates
Dragon Slayers
Tech Tigers
QO CougarBotics (V)
12/2/2023, 09:00 AM –
09:15 AM
Oakton Cougar Robotics 226
Oakton Cougar Robotics 369
First Tech Coyotes
12/2/2023, 09:20 AM –
09:35 AM
Fifth Dimension
Orca Robotics
Seahawks Robotics
12/2/2023, 09:40 AM –
09:55 AM
Cyber Dogs
Double 0 Ducks
Event Schedule
7:00 AMTeam Check-in, Pits Open
8:00 AM – 10:00 AMInspections, Judge Interviews, Practice
10:10 AMDriver’s Meeting
10:30 AMOpening Ceremony
10:45 AM – 12:30 PMQualification Matches
12:30 PM – 1:00 PMLunch Break
1:00 PM – 2:45 PMQualification Matches Continues
3:00 PMAlliance Selection
3:00 PM – 5:00 PMElimination and Final Rounds
5:15 PMClosing Ceremony
6:30 PMPits Close

 Last updated November 16, 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 and closed-toe shoes, are required while in the pits. 

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. 


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

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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