Event Name
FIRST Chesapeake District

Championship Event 

Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding

Week Dates
 6 April 2-5
Venue Address
Hampton Coliseum

1000 Coliseum Dr,

Hampton, VA 23666

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Last updated May 18, 2019

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Event Description: Free and open to the public! Fifty-eight 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 the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Teams compete for scores that will earn them a place at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship. (Winners from FIRST Chesapeake will compete at theFIRST World Championship in Detroit.)

Event Information for Teams
Hotel Info:  Experient Event Housing

*Inclement Weather Policy for all 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 travelling teams make hotel reservations that are refundable.



Tentative Public Event Schedule
Thursday (Day 1)
 Click Here for Team Schedule (Teams Only)  
Friday (Day 2)
8:30 AM Opening Ceremonies
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Qualification Matches
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Free Student Ambassadors led Tours
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Technology and Scholarship Row
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM Qualifying Matches
7:00 PM Pits Close
Saturday (Day 3)
8:30 AM Opening Ceremonies
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Qualification Matches
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Free Student Ambassadors led Tours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Technology and Scholarship Row 
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM Alliance Selections
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Final Matches
4:30 PM  Awards Ceremony
6:00 PM Pits Close