7th Annual U.S. Air Force / FIRST® Leadership Experience for FIRST Teachers & Mentors: The U.S. Air Force develops leaders of great character and vision. For the 7th year, the U.S. Air Force is offering a unique three-day leadership program providing FIRST mentors with hands on leadership training taught by Air Force personnel. This year’s event will take place from July 15 to July 19 at Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, FL.

The event consists of lectures, team building exercise, and tours and demonstrations at a local Air Force Base. The Air Force will select a group of 24 mentors who are teachers from FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams who live within the continental United States and are helping inspire today’s youth to become the technical leaders of tomorrow.

For additional information about this opportunity and to apply, click here. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 11. Applicants, if selected, will be notified by Friday, May 25.

Dear Teams,
 
Do you have questions about the selection process for Dean's List within the Chesapeake District? Described below is the current plan for how the Dean's List Award (DLA) judges will be selecting the Dean's List Finalists from the FIRST Chesapeake District.  We will keep you informed and updated if any changes to this process are made during the season.
 
The DLA judging team will hold Dean's List interviews at four of the local district events - Northern VA, Central VA, Greater DC, and Central MD.  Our Dean's List District Manager will reach out to the mentors in later February to alert them to their assigned interview location. There will be the opportunity to select a different venue (from the four), if the one assigned does not work for the DLA nominee.  If for some reason the DLA nominee is unable to make it to one of the interview locations, the DLA judges will arrange to hold an interview with the nominee over Skype or another video conferencing tool.  
 
Each DLA judging team from the four interview sites will nominate two candidates to advance to the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship and compete to become a Dean's List Finalist.  The final DLA Semi-finalists and their mentors will be notified of their advancement by the Dean's List District Manger by March 26.  These final DLA Semi-finalists will be interviewed a second time at the Championship on March 30-31 by the full DLA judging team.  The Dean's List Finalists from the Chesapeake District will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on May 31.
 
Good Luck to all of the Nominees.

FIRST Chesapeake District Central Virginia Event Sponsored by Dominion Energy (Mar 10-11)

- The team pre-order meal form is posted on the event webpage and here.
- Meals are available for Breakfast and lunch Saturday and Sunday.
- Deadline Thursday March 8th.

 

FIRST Chesapeake District Greater DC Event Sponsored by Micron (Mar 10-11)

- The team pre-order meal form is posted on the event webpage and here.

- Additional food items will be available for sale at concessions, however, these pre-orders guarantee availability.

- Orders due by March 5th

 

FIRST Chesapeake District Central Maryland Event Sponsored by Leidos (Mar 24-25)

- The team pre-order meal form is posted on the event webpage and here.

- Meals are available for Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, and/or Sunday lunch.

- Pre-order deadline is March 16th.

- A concessions menu and price list is also available. Concessions will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

FIRST Chesapeake District Southwest Virginia Event (Mar 24-25)

- The team pre-order meal form is posted on the event webpage and here.

- Meals available Saturday and Sunday

- Pre-order deadline Monday March 12th. Payable by check ONLY.

 

FIRST Chesapeake District Championship (Mar 29-31)
- The team pre-order meal form is posted on the webpage and here.
- Bag lunches available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
- Deadline Monday March 26th.

 

*This page will be updated as more information becomes available*

The POWERUP audience screen uses a boring FIRST Logo if the team's don't submit one. We'd love to get ALL FIRST Chesapeake teams to submit an Avatar! Here are the guidelines and instructions from the FRC blog:  https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/team-avatar-submission-system
 

Avatars

The Avatars teams at Week Zero had submitted were looking pretty sweet on the audience display screen. If you haven’t yet turned yours in, there is still time! Check out the details here. We’ve already approved hundreds of Avatars, but we are looking for many more. Show your team pride by making your unique mark on the big screen for all to see.

We are extending the pizza pre-order deadline to TODAY WEDNESDAY FEB 21ST, 5pm. Don't wait to take advantage of this offer!

We are happy to offer team pizza pre-orders for the FTC Virginia State Championship, Sat. Feb. 24th, 2018.
- Pizzas are $10 each
- Choice of cheese and/or pepperoni
- Drinks will be available for purchase separately on the day of the event
- DEADLINE- Feb. 21st

Order form: https://goo.gl/forms/OC2nfusIbY75T2WI2

- PAYMENT- PayPal transactions only-

Please go to https://www.firstchesapeake.org/donate - in the "message to seller" section, make sure to add your team # , FTC Champs, # and type of pizzas ordered

Robot Stop Build Day is Tuesday, February 20 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern TimeFIRST Robotics Competition Teams must stop building before the local equivalent of 04:59 UTC on Wednesday, February 21.

For detailed information on the “Bag and Tag” process, please review Section 8.4, Budget Constraints & Fabrication Schedule, of the Game and Season Manual.  

Team 4541 Cavineers has developed a turn-taking tabletop version of Power Up. They would like to invite other FRC teams to their school, Archbishop Spalding High School located in Severn, MD, to play the game with them on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 5 PM – 7 PM.

It’s a fun and great way to gain insight into game strategy and scouting. Participating teams will leave with their own game set to bring back to their team.

For more information and registration, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frc-power-up-tabletop-hosted-by-team-4541-cavineers-tickets-43274236406.

 

After you attend the scrimmage at GW Community School on February 17, you can come hone your judging presentation skills at a practice judging session:

Date: Monday, February 19 - Washington's Birthday Holiday
Time: 2 pm - 5 pm
Place: Herndon High School, Lecture Hall - 700 Bennett Street, Herndon, VA 20170

Team sign-up: https://goo.gl/forms/SPQN1InuwnMVzeaD3

  • Enter through the front entrance near the cafeteria and follow the signs.
  • We are focusing on teams going to States on February 24th but it can be for anyone who wants to improve their presentation or their notebook. This is the only time we can give feedback to teams. We had a practice session at the scrimmage at Flint Hill in November for the very first time and felt it was a great success. The second one will be on February 17 in Radford and this one will be the only the third time Virginia has offered this.
  • The format will be in an open setting in the lecture hall environment so that teams can listen and learn from other teams' presentations. We also plan to have a full field in case you want more driving practice. FRC Team 116 will be in the building so you can peek in and observe the final hours of their build season. Please be respectful of their time crunch.
  • Bring your presentation, your engineering books, your robots and your questions.