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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 Winner64171
2Winning Alliance Captain6417 – Advancing Above1
3Inspire Award 2nd place222022
4Winning Alliance 1st Team selected22202 – Advancing Above2
5Inspire Award 3rd place146073



Award Name
Team Number
Inspire Award6417
Inspire Award 2nd Place22202
Inspire Award 3rd Place14607
Winning Alliance – Captain6417
Winning Alliance – 1st Team Selected22202
Winning Alliance – 2nd Team Selected23807
Finalist Alliance – Captain23382
Finalist Alliance – 1st Team Selected22022
Finalist Alliance – 2nd Team Selected13270
Think Award7519
Think Award 2nd Place23382
Think Award 3rd Place4451
Connect Award23382
Connect Award 2nd Place22202
Connect Award 3rd Place13270
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX4451
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 2nd Place13599
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 3rd Place519
Control Award13353
Control Award 2nd Place13270
Control Award 3rd Place8535
Motivate Award8535
Motivate Award 2nd Place14607
Motivate Award 3rd Place5225
Design Award13599
Design Award 2nd Place6417
Design Award 3rd Place22202
Judges’ Choice Award24163

Competing Teams

Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP
389 389 growingSTEMS&Family/Community The Swarm Hollywood MD USA 2,007
519 519 NASA Headquarters&Herndon High School Epsilon Delta Too Herndon VA USA 2,007 Lil' ED
4451 4,451 Sidwell Friends Upper School The Flying Foxes Washington DC USA 2,010
5014 5,014 Sidwell Friends Upper School Future Gadget Lab Washington DC USA 2,011
5225 5,225 Sidwell Friends Upper School Fox Tech Washington DC USA 2,011
6417 6,417 Rockville Science Center, Inc&Boy Scouts of America Blu Cru Rockville MD USA 2,012
7519 7,519 Lockheed Martin&Quince Orchard High School QO CougarBotics (V) Gaithersburg MD USA 2,013
7631 7,631 Sidwell Friends Upper School The Lemons Washington DC USA 2,013
8535 8,535 Nova Labs Robotics/Axiologic Solutions LLC&Family/Community Shark Bytes Fairfax VA USA 2,014
8702 8,702 Nova Labs Robotics & Family/Community Curiosity Rovers Reston VA USA 2,014 Tapeworm
13270 13,270 Mcdonogh School Electric Slide Owings Mills MD USA 2,017
13353 13,353 Family/Community Circuit Breakers Aldie VA USA 2,017
13599 13,599 Family/Community BruinBots Burke VA USA 2,017
14607 14,607 Thomas Jefferson Hs-Sci & Tech Robot Uprising Alexandria VA USA 2,018
17709 17,709 Winston Churchill High School Bulldogs Tech Potomac MD USA 2,019
21828 21,828 Deal Middle School Deal Dynamos Washington DC USA 2,022
22022 22,022 Eagle Ridge Middle School Electric Eagles Ashburn VA USA 2,022
22202 22,202 Family/Community Infinity.exe Rockville MD USA 2,022
23382 23,382 Family/Community Fifth Dimension North Potomac MD USA 2,023
23807 23,807 Marshall Academy Clockstoppers512 Falls Church VA USA 2,023
23888 23,888 Frost Middle School Frost Falcons Fairfax VA USA 2,023
24163 24,163 Family/Community Illuminate Potomac MD USA 2,023
24463 24,463 Mckinley Tech High School Firebird Robotics FTC Washington DC USA 2,023
24508 24,508 North Bethesda Middle School North Bethesda Phoenixes Bethesda MD USA 2,023
Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP


Team judging begins at 7:45 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 
12/3/2023, 08:00 AM –
08:20 AM
The Lemons
Deal Dynamos
Fifth Dimension
Bulldogs Tech
12/3/2023, 08:20 AM –
08:40 AM
Fox Tech
Blu Cru
Electric Slide
12/3/2023, 08:40 AM –
09:00 AM
Shark Bytes
Firebird Robotics FTC
Robot Uprising
12/3/2023, 09:00 AM –
09:20 AM
Electric Eagles
High Point 1st Robotics
12/3/2023, 09:20 AM –
09:40 AM
North Bethesda Phoenixes
Circuit Breakers
Frost Falcons
QO CougarBotics (V)
12/3/2023, 09:40 AM –
10:00 AM
Epsilon Delta Too
Future Gadget Lab
The Swarm
12/3/2023, 10:00 AM –
10:20 AM
The Flying Foxes
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.

Can’t Attend in Person?

All of our events are live-streamed and recorded. 

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