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.

  FLL RGB Explore vert icon full color FLL RGB Challenge vert icon full color FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Robotics Competition
  6-10 Years Old 9-14 Years Old 12-18 Years Old 14-18 Years Old

 

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, December 3rd, 6:00pm- Today's Women in STEM Series Sponsored by Leidos. "Cool Jobs: Discussion with Leidos Employees." Learn about what inspired these women to pursue STEM careers, what their day-to-day jobs look like, and what challenges they have overcome as leaders in their fields. 
    • Featuring: Regina Cer – Bioinformatics Division Chief, Quana Frost – Senior Security Systems Engineer, Tifani O’Brien – Chief Engineer, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30pm- "Learn Something New! How to Build Your FTC Engineering Portfolio." Helpful advice about what to include.
  • Click to Watch Now: https://www.twitch.tv/firstchesapeake/

Women in STEM Scholarships Sponsored by Dominion Energy are open for applications.  FIRST Chesapeake District (DC MD VA) female junior and senior FTC/FRC team members who participated in the 2019/2020 and/or 2020/2021 season are encouraged to apply for three $1,000-$3,000 unrestricted college scholarships.

Application deadline: November 15th. Apply here.

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