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Event Series Event Series: CENTERSTAGE℠ presented by RTX

Harrisonburg I FTC Qualifier

January 20 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Free – $150.00

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

Harrisonburg High School


Please park onsite at Harrisonburg High School. See map for more details.


  • Domino’s Cheese Pizza – $15.00
  • Domino’s Pepperoni Pizza – $16.00
  • Bojangles 3-piece Chicken Tenders, Biscuit, Side – $8.00
  • Bojangles Sandwich and Side – $8.00
  • Bojangles Sides: 
    • Mashed Potatoes (with or without gravy)
    • Green Beans
    • Pinto Beans
    • Coleslaw
    • Mac and Cheese
No food or drink is allowed in the gym areas. All food and drink to be stored and eaten in the Pit area, Bleachers / Audience Seating Area, Cafeteria Commons Outside food is not allowed.
If you submit your order by 10th, your team will be entered into a drawing. One team will be selected to receive half off their entire order!! So make sure to get the order in quickly.  We will announce the winner on January 11th by email.


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. FIRST Inspires does not want to manage paper and encourages teams to use these resources to register their children and sign the Consent and Release. 

Competing Teams: Stage Left

Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP
519 519 NASA Headquarters&Herndon High School Epsilon Delta Too Herndon VA USA 2,007 Lil' ED
965 965 Coyote Robotics/Lindner Family Foundation&Gw Community School The League of Incompetent Gentlemen Springfield VA USA 2,007
2818 2,818 GEARS Inc. & Tech Action &Neighborhood Group G-FORCE Mc Henry MD USA 2,008 Philbot
3749 3,749 Coyote Robotics & Gw Community School while(e()) {coyotes()} Springfield VA USA 2,009
4634 4,634 CSCI/Gisselquist Technology, LLC/Heaven Scent Farm/Country Chevrolet/Matrix/NOVEC/Miller Toyota/Unconventional Concepts&Neighborhood Group FROGbots Gainesville VA USA 2,010 Mr. Frogetti
7278 7,278 Chesterfield County Public Library - MakerSpace/DuPont/Gerdau&Chesterfield County Public Library LibraryBots Chesterfield VA USA 2,013
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
8702 8,702 Nova Labs Robotics & Family/Community Curiosity Rovers Reston VA USA 2,014 Tapeworm
9073 9,073 Chantilly Academy Knightrix Chantilly VA USA 2,014 Chainy
12655 12,655 North Cross School North Cross Raider Robotics Roanoke VA USA 2,017
12882 12,882 Eastern Mennonite School Hypergaints Harrisonburg VA USA 2,017
14169 14,169 4-H BC4H Partytime ^s Martinsburg WV USA 2,017
14597 14,597 Family/Community & Patrick Co High School PC Rocket Robotics Stuart VA USA 2,018
16439 16,439 &Family/Community AlphaGo Ashburn 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
17080 17,080 stackArmor, Inc.&Family/Community NewT.exe Potomac MD USA 2,019
17774 17,774 William Monroe High School Monroe Robotics Stanardsville VA USA 2,019
20337 20,337 Family/Community Say Watt? Reston 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
21587 21,587 Comcast/Lockheed Martin/Maryland Space Business Round Table&Family/Community Orca Robotics Potomac MD USA 2,022
21929 21,929 &Family/Community Profound Pythons Fairfax VA USA 2,022
22200 22,200 Family/Community Power Potatoes Fairfax VA USA 2,022
22254 22,254 Veritas School Veritech Richmond VA USA 2,022
22685 22,685 Family/Community chosenconquerors Ashburn VA USA 2,022
22761 22,761 Family/Community TECH TIGERS Fairfax VA USA 2,022
23377 23,377 Family/Community Robotanicals Woodstock MD USA 2,023
24219 24,219 Family/Community Duck Robotics Rockville MD USA 2,023
24262 24,262 St Anne'S-Belfield School St. Anne's Belfield Charlottesville VA USA 2,023
Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP

Competing Teams: Stage Right


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!

Hburg 1 is now a one division event due to weather related adjustments to the roster. Judging Schedules have changed. Please see Pit Admin or Team Check In for new time.

Event Schedule
7:30 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 December 13, 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.


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


Order of Advancement

Stage Left Division
1. Inspire Award Winner
2. Winning Alliance Captain

Stage Right Division
1. Inspire Award Winner
2. Winning Alliance Captain

***Advancement is based on rules in Game Manual 1.

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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January 20
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $150.00
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Harrisonburg High School
1001 Garbers Church Rd
Harrisonburg, 22801 United States
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