WDVM25 "Student robotics team qualifies for world championship" [video]


FCPS "Students Qualify for World Championship" [article]


WTVR 6 "Community rallies around robotics team; helps send them to World Championships" [video]


Village News "RoboHawks earn invitation to Detroit robotics competition" [article]


Tidewater News "Blackwater Robotics to compete internationally" [article]


NBC12 "Four Richmond-area high schools compete in international robotics competition" [article]


CBS6 "'Innovate. Invent. Inspire:' This Richmond robotics team needs your help" [video]


WVEC 13NewsNow "Students score at robotics competition" [video]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Event media release [release]


WSLS "Robotics competition comes to Blacksburg High School" [video]


WDBJ7 "Blacksburg High School hosts robotics competition" [video]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Chesapeake District Blacksburg VA Event media release [release]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Chesapeake District Oxon Hill MD Event media release [release]


The Virginian Pilot "An imaginary planet, an evacuation, robots; contest preps students for the future" [article]


Richmond Times-Dispatch "Building a Better Robot" [article]


The Gazette-Virginian "Comets robotics team 12th after quarterfinals" [article]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Chesapeake District Portsmouth VA Event Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding media release [release]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Chesapeake District Owings Mills MD Event Sponsored by Leidos media release [release]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Chesapeake District Bethesda MD Event Sponsored by Bechtel media release [release]


The Tidewater News “Blackwater Robotics competes at FIRST Chesapeake Richmond Event” [article]


Science Matters “Atlee H.S. Hosts State Robotics Championship” [article]


Fairfax County Times “Pinnacle students win 2nd place in regional robotics competition” [article]


BTW21 “New College Institute’s robotics team wins first place at district competition” [article]


Falls Church News Press “Mason’s Robotics Team Takes 2nd at District Event” [article]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Chesapeake District Haymarket VA Event Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton media release [release]


WRIC  "Dozens of high school robotics teams compete for championship" [video]

          "Dozens of high school robotics teams compete for championship" [print]


WTVR 6 "Students Compete in annual FIRST Robotics Competition: 'It is incredibly exciting'" [video] 

"Students Compete in annual FIRST Robotics Competition: 'It is incredibly exciting'" [print]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Chesapeake District Richmond VA Event Sponsored by Dominion Energy media release [release]


Loudoun Now "Ashburn Team Wins Spot at International Contest" [article] 


The Suffolk News-Herald "Congrats to NSA Robotics" [editorial article]


The Suffolk News-Herald  "NSA Robotics to Compete in World Championship" [article]


The Alexandria Gazette Packet  "Awarding Women in STEM"  [article]


The Centre View  "Awarding Women in STEM"  [article]


The Herndon Connection  "Awarding Women in STEM"  [article]


WSLS TV "Christiansburg robotics team qualifies for World championship" [article]


FIRST Chesapeake - FIRST Tech Challenge Virginia State Championship Sponsored by ECPI University media release [release]


The Progress Index "Bird High School robotics team hosts competition kickoff" [article]


The Progress Index "Appomattox regional team shows off its technological skills as it preps for future competition" [article]


WRIC 8 "Dozens of High Schools Battle in Robot Competition" [video]


WUSA 9 "Robots Take Over Alexandria Competition" [video]


Richmond Times-Dispatch "Richmond Area High Schools Competing in Robotics Competition This Weekend" [article]


WTKR  "High School Robotics Teams to Compete for Technological Superiority" [article]


The Virginian-Pilot "Local teens battle for glory at regional robotics competition in Portsmouth" [article]


WAVY TV  "Teams Across the State Compete at FIRST Chesapeake Robotics Competition" [video]  



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 2020 FIRST Chesapeake District Schedule

Week Dates Event Name Venue
1 Feb 28- Mar 1 FIRST Chesapeake District NoVA VA Event  pending
2 Mar 6-8 FIRST Chesapeake District Richmond VA Event  pending
2 Mar 6-8 FIRST Chesapeake District Bethesda MD Event  Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD
3 Mar 13-15 FIRST Chesapeake District Owings Mill MD Event  McDonogh School, Owings Mill, MD
3 Mar 13-15 FIRST Chesapeake District Portsmouth VA Event  Churchland High School, Portsmouth, VA
4 Mar 20-22 FIRST Chesapeake District Edgewater MD Event South River High School Edgewater, MD
4 Mar 20-22 FIRST Chesapeake District Blacksburg VA Event  Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA
6 Apr  2-5 FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA



There are some exciting changes for the FRC 2019-20 season workshops. 
  • We will be utilizing Twitch as an online format so teams from throughout the district can participate regardless of their physical location. 
  • Workshops will be more in depth than in the past-  30-60 minutes in length, scheduled weekly throughout the fall, with a different subject for each scheduled date. 
Do you have a resource that would help the community? What does your team do well? Teams and mentors may submit presentation topics at: https://www.firstchesapeake.org/submit-workshop
Dates/times will be published as soon as we have a full slate of presenters lined up.
Dear FIRST  Family,

It is with great sadness I share that the FIRST community lost one of our own yesterday. We are heartbroken by the death of Kendrick Castillo, a student victim of the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Littleton, Colorado. Kendrick was an active member of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4418, STEM IMPULSE, of which his father is a lead mentor. His mom is also a mentor/volunteer for the team.

You can read more about Kendrick’s life and his incredible selflessness and bravery at Denver Post and CNN. All reports indicate he was an exemplary FIRST student, with strong character and a bright future ahead. Our hearts go out to Kendrick’s family, friends, peers, and all affected by the shooting. 

We know our teams, alumni, volunteers, and supporters around the world are mourning with Team 4418. FIRST stands with Team 4418, their school, and the entire Littleton community during this incredibly difficult time.

For members of the FIRST community wishing to support Team 4418, we’ve launched a fundraising campaign in support of Team 4418 and the family as they mourn and remember Kendrick and recover with all the victims in their community. We encourage you to amplify this effort to your network by sharing these FIRST Facebook and Twitter posts.




Donald E. Bossi 
President, FIRST ® 

Here is the link to photos from the FIRST Championship Detroit which took place April 24-27, 2019- thank you to our team of photographers led by Todd Ferrante! 

We will post DC, MD, and VA STEM/robotics summer camps again on our website- if you have a camp you'd like listed, please fill out this form.


Listing on the website does not constitute an endorsement by FIRST Chesapeake.



Maryland Robotics Association will be holding their 2nd Annual Mentor Seminars on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at USRA, 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD 21046, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The event is intended primarily for FIRST Robotics Competition mentors from Maryland teams, but registration will be open to all comers.

  • Join mentors from across the Chesapeake District - meet new and old friends, share some of the excitement of our competition season and Worlds, learn more about FRC, share your experience an insights and help strengthen the network and resources for our teams.
  • Start with .... Continental Breakfast catered by la Madeleine French Bakery & Café; meet and greet your fellow mentors and event staff. Move to ....
  • Panel Discussion: "Lessons Learned" or "What I Wish I Had Known" followed by ....
  • Small Group Discussions: 25-minute small group discussions (limited to 10), that will be repeated 3 times for different groups. There will be a variety of topics and you can join three. The list includes:
    • Alumni engagement
    • FMS/Control System
    • Fundraising 
    • Team Culture 
    • New Mentors Roundtable 
    • Student / Mentor Balance 
    • The new build season (no Stop Build Day)
    • Robot inspection
    • Scouting & strategy
    • Improve Collaboration among the Maryland Mentor Community
    • Team Branding
  • Note: immediately following the seminars, the MRA will have a BoB Battle-O-Baltimore (off season) planning meeting at nearby Houlihan’s Restaurant [https://bit.ly/2GXSDFY]. You’re welcome to attend and participate, listen, or just hang out with your peers.  Food and drinks are a personal option.