FIRST Chesapeake uses robots as the vehicle to bring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based leadership enrichment programs and competitions to youth in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Our mission is to:

  • Inspire youth to become science & technology leaders by engaging them in robotics programs that build STEM skills 
  • Promote the spirit of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Foster valuable life skills such as leadership, teamwork, and creative thinking
  • Help young people acquire the knowledge and skills needed to compete in our technology-driven global economy
  • Encourage students to pursue STEM-based academics and future careers.

FIRST Chesapeake operates under the umbrella of VirginiaFIRST, a registered 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1999. Our programs directly impact over 7,000+ middle and high school students. Each year, 60,000+ individuals attend 20+ robotics competitions in the FIRST Chesapeake District. FIRST Chesapeake also works closely with our local FIRST partners to bring a seamless progression of Pre-K-12 STEM-based programs to youth in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

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Want to see what a FIRST Chesapeake competition is like and hear from our teams and volunteers? Check out our View From All Sides video

  • Thursday, January 21st, 6:00pm - "Storytime: Team 2901 Purple Gears and Their FTC Onshape Parts Library." Whether your team is completely new to CAD or has been modeling for years, come to learn about this incredible free service with over 4,500 components from several major vendors  (including Pitsco/Tetrix and AndyMark)."
  • Thursday, January 21st, 6:30pm - "Learn Something New! Virtual Presentation Tips for Teams." Hear helpful advice for presenting your FTC or FRC team at virtual judge interviews.
  • Click to Watch Now: https://www.twitch.tv/firstchesapeake/

Thursday, January 7th, 6:00pm
FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassadors are:
  • a new generation of technical and trained competition volunteers (graduated from high school within the past ten years);
  • models of Coopertition® and Gracious Professionalism®;
  • mentors and volunteers who support FIRST Chesapeake teams, especially new teams and teams in high-need areas;
  • advocates who can explain FIRST and speak to its impact at community events.
Go here to learn more about the program, here to meet the 2021 Cohort

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