Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules and limited resources, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

All FIRST Chesapeake District Events and the Championship are free and open to the public. Click below to learn more:

District Events Calendar

FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding at Hampton Coliseum

For 2020 pre-inspection locations and dates: check back in the fall

For more information about FIRST Robotics Competition, contact FIRST Chesapeake Assistant Programs Director Ron Therrien, or visit


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