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Event Series Event Series: CRESCENDO℠ presented by Haas

FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Robotics Competition District Championship

April 3 @ 5:00 pm - April 6 @ 5:00 pm

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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

Virginia State University Multipurpose Center

Lunch Pre-Order

Pre-order lunch form to be announced. 


Concessions to be announced. 


  • Double Hotdog.......$6.00
  • Nacho Combo.......$5.00
  • Pizza Slice Combo......$5.00


  • Hotdog.......$2.00
  • Mac & Cheese.......$2.50
  • Nacho Chips & Cheese......$3.00
  • Cheese Pizza Slice......$3.00
  • Pepperoni Pizza Slice......$3.00
  • Extra Nacho Cheese......$0.50
  • Add Chili......$0.50


  • Chips.......$1.00
  • Fruit.......$1.00
  • Donut.......$1.00
  • Granola Bar.......$0.75
  • Yogurt.......$0.75
  • Candy.......$1.00
  • Snack Cake.......$1.00


  • Water Bottle.......$1.50
  • Soda.......$2.00
  • Powerade......$2.50
  • Coffee.....$1.50


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


Time Competition Schedule Time Activities Schedule
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Pits and Inspection Open Teams Only - Not Open to the Public
Thursday, April 4, 2024
8:00 AM Pits, Inspections, and NASA Machine Shop Open 8:30 AM Mentor's Lounge Opens
9:00 AM Field Open for Measurement and Calibration
9:30 AM Driver's Meeting
10:00 AM Practice Matches
12:00 PM Lunch Break 12:00 PM Townhall with FIRST Chesapeake
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Qualification Matches 3:00 PM Safety Captains' Meeting
7:00 PM Pits Close 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM FIRST in Social - Team Mixer & Celebration
Friday, April 5, 2024
8:00 AM Pits Open and NASA Machine Shop Open 8:30 AM Mentor Lounge Opens
9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies 9:00 AM Virginia State University Spring Undergraduate Research Fair Opens
9:30 AM Qualification Matches 9:30 AM Tech Mixer Opens
12:00 PM Lunch Break 3:00 PM Safety Captains' Meeting
1:00 PM Qualification Matches 3:30 PM Tech Mixer Closes
7:00 PM Pits Close 7:30 PM Alumni Ambassador Mixer Presented by Booz Allen Hamilton
Saturday, April 6, 2024
8:00 AM Pits Open and NASA Machine Shop Open 8:30 AM Mentor Lounge Opens
9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
9:30 AM Qualification Matches 9:30 AM Tech Mixer Opens
11:30 AM Alliance Selection 10:00 AM Safety Captains' Meeting
12:00 PM NASA Machine Shop Closes
12:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM Playoff Matches and Awards Note: Awards will begin around 2:30
3:00 PM Practice Field and Machine Shop Close 3:30 PM Tech Mixer Closes
~5:30 PM Pits Close (30 minutes following the end of Closing Ceremonies)

Pit Map

To Be Announced

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. 

Tech Mixer

Connect with the Top Future Innovators and Leaders

The Tech Mixer features exhibitor booths where companies can showcase their innovations and engage with over 2,000 High School students plus many more VSU students.

The event gathers the brightest future STEM leaders and innovators from Maryland, DC, and Virginia in a high-energy event celebrating the culmination of their competition season. FIRST students gain essential workforce skills such as leadership, communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving by working alongside industry-experienced mentors, making them highly desirable candidates from top universities and industries.


Express interest in attending college


Will Study Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math


Increase their problem-solving skills


Increase their teamwork skills

How to Participate:
To secure your spot at the FIRST Chesapeake Tech Mixer, please complete the online registration form by March 15, 2024, or until all exhibitor booths are reserved.

We have 2 formats for you to select from – an active booth and a passive booth. 

Active Booth: 6′ Table with space for materials and signage featuring on-site participation by members of your team. 8 available at $600 each.

Passive Booth: 3′ High Top with space for print materials and giveaways only. 4 available at $1,200 each

Your involvement will contribute significantly to the success of the Tech Mixer, providing valuable insights and opportunities for both your organization and the attending students.

Presented By

Alumni Ambassadors Presented By

Booz Allen Hamilton

Machine Shop Presented By


April 3 @ 5:00 pm
April 6 @ 5:00 pm
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