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Event Name
FIRST Chesapeake District

Championship Event 

Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding

Week Dates


to June 17-20, 2020

For more information click here

Venue Address
Hampton Coliseum


1000 Coliseum Dr.

Hampton, VA 23666

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Field Support Sponsor:

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Machine Shop Sponsor:

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Last updated February 21, 2020



Event Description: Free and open to the public! Eighty of the best and brightest high school robotics teams will be competing in this two-field, two-day event. Come out and cheer on your favorite team, get your photo taken with a Star Wars character, check out fun and interactive exhibits on our Technology Row, register for free give aways, and learn more about bringing FIRST Robotics programs to your community. A FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo will also be held on Saturday. Come out and see what our youngest future technology leaders have been up to!

FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science. Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of 25+ students build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. Teams must also raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $80 million in college scholarships.

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 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 Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding. (Winners from FIRST Chesapeake will go on to compete at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit.) 

Never been to a FIRST Chesapeake event? Check out this video to see what you've been missing!


Event Information for Visitors

Parking Information- FREE

*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 visitors and teams make hotel reservations that are refundable. 

In case of inclement weather the day of a FIRST Chesapeake event, please call 804.464.8945 after 5am for updates.

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Tentative Public Event Schedule
Thursday (Day 0)
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM  Load-in, registration, inspection (Teams only)
Friday (Day 1)
7:30 AM-8:00 PM Inspections, qualifying matches (Teams only)
Saturday (Day 2) - Free and Open to the Public
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Opening Ceremonies
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Qualifying Matches
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Free Student Ambassador Led Tours
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Technology and Scholarship Row
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM FLL Jr Expo
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Qualifying Matches
6:30 PM Alliance Selection
8:00 PM Pits Close
Sunday (Day 3) - Free and Open to the Public
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Opening Ceremonies
8:30 AM

Divisional Playoffs Begin

(Practice Field and Machine Shop close at the start of Semifinals)

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Free Student Ambassador Led Tours
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Technology and Scholarship Row
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch Break
1:30 PM Divisional Awards Ceremony
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Calibration and Practice for Finale Teams
4:00 PM Finale and Awards Ceremony
6:00 PM Pits Close



Inclement Weather


In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call 804.464.8945
after 5am for updates