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FIRST Chesapeake District

Greater DC Event

Sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation

Walt Whitman High School

7100 Whittier Blvd.

Bethesda, MD 20817

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Event Description: Free and open to the public! Forty of the best and brightest high school robotics teams will be competing in this two day event. Come out and cheer on your favorite team or learn more about bringing FIRST Robotics programs to your community.

FIRST Robotics Competition is recognized as the premier high school engineering challenge. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, have six weeks to conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year. Every January, FIRST unveils the challenge or “game” at an annual kick-off event that is simulcast to locations around the world.

Teams receive a kit of common parts that are used to build the core systems of their robots, but they won’t find an instruction manual. No two robots will be built or operated in exactly the same way! Students work with hundreds of components, including engineering mainstays such as programmable radio controllers, motors, electrical circuitry, pneumatic components and mechanical parts. Each team has to decide its own game strategy, and has to design and fabricate a machine within tight specifications on size, weight and materials.

Following the six-week design and build phase, teams enter two of seven District competitions in Virginia, Greater Washington, DC, or Maryland. Teams compete for scores that will earn them a place at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship in College Park, Maryland. (Winners from FIRST Chesapeake will compete at the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis.)

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FIRST Chesapeake refers to the name of the FIRST Robotics Competition District of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. VirginiaFIRST is the FIRST Robotics Competition partner with FIRST that, with the assistance of planning teams and resources throughout the area, are putting on exceptional events for the 2016 season.


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Special Thanks to

Battlefield High School • Blacksburg High School • Churchland High School

Harford Tech High School • South River High School • Walt Whitman High School

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