Weather Update:   January 10: The qualifier is now rescheduled for January 28th. Watch the FIRST Family blog for updates.

Date Event Name Venue
January 7, 2017 Southwest Virginia Qualifier

Southwest Virginia Commmunity College

724 Community College Road

Cedar Bluff, VA, 24609


Event Capacity:  24  Teams
Team Registration Cost:  $100 - Registration Page
Event Contact:  Maureen Carley -
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 Claypool Hill Holiday Inn Express® & Suites, 180 Clay Drive, Pounding Mill, VA 24637, has a limited number of rooms available for teams at $104.95 per night. To make a reservation, please call (276) 596-9880 and identify yourself as VirginiaFIRST. Make your reservation early as rates will increase after Thursday December 22nd.

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Last updated January 8, 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