Date Event Name Venue
December 16, 2017

Shenandoah Qualifier

sponsored by UVA Engineering

University of Virginia

Slaughter Recreation Center

505 Edgemont Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Event Capacity:  36 Teams
Team Registration Cost:  $150 - Registration Page
Event Contact:  Kristin Clemons -
Special Information:  View the FIRST Family Blog for the latest updates
Event PDF:  Download Here
Consent Forms:  Available on the FIRST Chesapeake Consent Form page
Robot Inspection Checklist:  Download Here
Hotels:  The English Inn of Charlottesville, 2000 Morton Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903, has a limited number of rooms available for teams at $84.99 per night. To make a reservation, please call (434) 971-9900 and identify yourself as VirginiaFIRST. The room block code is 121616RC. Make your reservation early as rates will increase after Wednesday November 16th.

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Last updated August 10, 2017

Event Description: This event is free and open to the public!

High School and Middle School robotics teams from across Virginia compete to win a place at the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship at Virginia Episcopal School (Lynchburg) in February.

With FIRST Tech Challenge, middle and high school student teams design, build, and program robots to meet a complex engineering challenge, then compete head-to-head against other teams in a high-tech sporting event. With the guidance of adult coaches and mentors, teams build their robots and develop a playing strategy, which includes forming alliances with other teams. Teams earn awards for robot design, creativity, documentation, community outreach, “gracious professionalism” and competition on the field.

Our students:

  • Design, build, and program working robots based on sound engineering principles
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • May earn a place in the State and World Championships
  • Can qualify for over $20 million in college scholarships
Tentative Event Schedule
7:00 AM    Team Check-In
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Inspection, Practice Matches, Judging Sessions 
10:00 AM   Driver's Meeting 
10:30 AM   Opening Ceremonies
11:00 AM   Qualification Matches
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM   Lunch Break
12:45 PM - 2:30 PM   Qualification Matches
2:30 PM   Alliance Selection
3:00 PM - 5:15 PM   Elimination Tournament
5:30 PM   Closing Ceremonies
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