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Event Series Event Series: CENTERSTAGE℠ presented by RTX

Washington DC III FTC Qualifier

December 16, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm


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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

Jackson-Reed High School


Most parking for this event will be street parking. Please review the map carefully.



To be announced. 

Outside food will be allowed. It can be eaten in the cafeteria and spectator areas.

No pre ordered food available.



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

Team Number displayTeamNumber nameFull Team Name schoolName City State country website rookieYear robotName districtCode homeCMP
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
6633 6,633 Bechtel&Langston Hughes Middle School Technosaurus Rex Reston VA USA 2,012
7631 7,631 Sidwell Friends Upper School The Lemons Washington DC 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
11112 11,112 NVTC&Family/Community RoboLords Ashburn VA 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
12096 12,096 Oracle/Leidos&Robotics For Youth Absolute Zero Sterling VA USA 2,016
14052 14,052 Langston Hughes Middle School PTA/Rockwell Collins/FIRST/Dev Technology Group/THUNDERCAT Technology&Langston Hughes Middle School Nerdy Narwhals Reston VA USA 2,017
14315 14,315 Home School mobiUs Washington DC USA 2,017
16598 16,598 Fairfax High School Fairfax Roarbotics Fairfax VA USA 2,019
18230 18,230 District of Columbia Intl Sch luminUs Washington DC USA 2,020
18442 18,442 PITSCO/Northrop Grumman/Foxhole Technology&Family/Community Gear Rotation Marriottsville MD USA 2,020
18697 18,697 Family/Community Monke Bang Rock Herndon VA USA 2,020
21310 21,310 District of Columbia Intl Sch nexUs Washington DC USA 2,022
21587 21,587 Comcast/Lockheed Martin/Maryland Space Business Round Table&Family/Community Orca Robotics Potomac MD USA 2,022
22565 22,565 DoD STEM&Richard Montgomery High School Rbots Rockville MD USA 2,022
23495 23,495 Family/Community Equinox Gaithersburg MD USA 2,023
23818 23,818 Calverton School The Calverton Cougars Huntingtown MD USA 2,023
23888 23,888 Frost Middle School Frost Falcons Fairfax VA USA 2,023
24028 24,028 Family/Community Predator-7.exe Potomac MD 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 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!


Award Name
Team Number
Inspire Award18442
Inspire Award 2nd Place11112
Inspire Award 3rd Place16598
Winning Alliance – Captain21587
Winning Alliance – 1st Team Selected18442
Winning Alliance – 2nd Team Selected11804
Finalist Alliance – Captain11112
Finalist Alliance – 1st Team Selected12096
Finalist Alliance – 2nd Team Selected9830
Think Award16598
Think Award 2nd Place22565
Think Award 3rd Place24028
Connect Award21587
Connect Award 2nd Place24028
Connect Award 3rd Place23888
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX12096
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 2nd Place11804
Innovate Award sponsored by RTX 3rd Place5014
Control Award11112
Control Award 2nd Place18442
Control Award 3rd Place24028
Motivate Award9830
Motivate Award 2nd Place11112
Motivate Award 3rd Place18442
Design Award18697
Design Award 2nd Place5014
Design Award 3rd Place21310
Judges’ Choice Award23888


Team 18442
Team 11112
Team 16598

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

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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December 16, 2023
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Jackson-Reed High School
3950 Chesapeake St. NW
Washington DC, 20016 
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