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Turn Up the Volume!

In CRESCENDOSM presented by Haas, FIRST© Robotics Competition teams will use their STEM skills and creative power to turn up the volume as they design, build, and program their robots for action-packed game play. Watch the game animation to inspire ideas.

For Teams

Meridian High School

Lunch Pre-Order

Please indicate the quantity of items you wish to order. We will invoice you to pay online via PayPal (credit card).  If you have questions or need to make a change to your order, please email [email protected].
The order deadline is Friday, March 8th, 2024 by 5 pm.
  • This order should be completed for the entire team at once
  • Please total the dollars on the food you are ordering as you will be asked at the end of your order
  • Please submit this form for each day you order (Saturday and Sunday should be two separate submissions).
  • All payments must be paid via Paypal Invoice/Request by March 16th.
  • Orders submitted past the deadline are not guaranteed.
  • Questions about orders contact [email protected]


Drinks and additional concession food items will be available all day.


Be sure to bring a paper copy of your roster to your event to turn into pit admin. Paper rosters can be printed from your Dashboard at FIRST Inspires. Your roster should have a green checkmark next to every team member AND coach/mentor.

This indicates that all people associated with the team have signed a Consent and Release form. You may not compete without Consent and Release forms on file.

In an effort to reduce paper and potential data risks, FIRST Inspires encourages teams to use these resources to register their children and sign the Consent and Release.

Competing Teams


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Pits and Inspection Open

Teams Only – Not Open to the Public

8:00 AMPits and Inspections Open
8:00 AM – 8:30 AMField Open for Calibration
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Driver’s Meeting

Submit a Driver’s Meeting Question

9:00 AM – 10:30 AMPractice Matches
9:00 AMSafety Captains Meeting
10:30 AM – 11:00 AMOpening Ceremonies
11:00 AM – 1:00 PMQualification Matches
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMLunch Break
2:00 PM – 7:00 PMQualification Matches
8:00 PMPits Close
8:00 AMPits Open
9:00 AM – 9:30 AMOpening Ceremonies
9:30 AM – 12:30 PMQualification Matches
12:30 PM – 1:00 PMAlliance Selections
1:00 PM – 2:00 PMLunch Break
2:00 PM – 6:00 PMPlayoff Matches and Awards
Note: Awards begin during semi-final matches ~ 3:30 PM
7:00 PMPits Close

Pit Map

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 to 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.

Q & A Forum

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

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.

Can’t Attend in Person?

All of our events are live-streamed and recorded. 

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