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 6,700 middle and high school students. Each year, 50,000+ individuals attend 15+ robotics competitions in the FIRST Chesapeake District. FIRST Chesapeake also works closely with our local FIRST partners to bring a seamless progression of K-12 STEM-based programs to youth in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.