The site selection process has begun for the VirginiaFIRST FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) 2017-18 season. To suggest your site or another that would meet the requirements please fill out this form:


Why should you be a VirginiaFIRST FTC Season Host Team?

These are some advantages seen by "Host Teams" during the 2016-17 season:

  • No travel expenses for this event
  • Fundraising opportunity- concessions/team lunches
  • Showcase your team to the public and area businesses
  • Involves school administration
  • Involves other school organizations
  • Team building activity


Why should you be a 2018 FIRST Chesapeake District season FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Host Team?

These are some advantages seen by "Host Teams" during the 2017 season:

  • No travel expenses for this event
  • Fundraising opportunity- concessions/team lunches earn $5,000 or more
  • Showcase your team to the public and area businesses
  • Involves school administration
  • Involves other school organizations
  • Team building activity 

The site selection process has begun for FIRST Chesapeake FRC 2018. You should consider hosting!

To suggest your site or another that would meet the requirements please fill out this form:

The AmeriCorps 2017-18 VISTA position in DC is now open for applicants.

The preference is for someone with FRC/FIRST experience and who lives in DC or has easy access by Metro. Technical skills are a plus (programming, CAD, mechanical, electrical)! The commitment is for one year beginning in August 2017. Our new VISTA will be based at the FBR Branch of the Boys and Girls Club in Washington, DC and will focus on team sustainability (FRC) and growing/supporting FIRST programs and STEM initiatives at the Boys and Girls Club and in District of Columbia schools and communities.

Here is a current list of the VirginiaFIRST FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams going to Worlds. Congratulations and good luck!  (click here for the FIRST Chesapeake FRC teams going to Worlds)

  • 7117 The Blockheads (Burke, VA)
  • 4924 Tuxedo Pandas (Christiansburg, VA)
  • 5414 TRI Robotics (Cedar Bluff, VA)
  • 8297 Geared UP! (Ashburn, VA)
  • 519 ED Too (Herndon, VA)
  • 8498 Evil Purple Sox (Lebanon, VA)
  • 33 Enigma (Woodbridge, VA)

Here is a list of the FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams going to Worlds. Congratulations and good luck! (click here for the VirginiaFIRST FTC teams going to Worlds)

  • 1629 Garrett County Public Schools/Pillar Innovations/Beitzel Corporation/Wilson Supply & Northern Garrett High School & Southern Garrett High School (Accident, MD USA)

  • 2534 AXA Advisors LLC & Boys Latin School of Maryland (Baltimore, MD USA)

  • 2537 The National Security Agency/Leidos/Booz Allen Hamilton/The PTR Group/Synergist Computing/Maryland Space Business Roundtable/DoDSTEM/W.R.Grace/Bright Minds/Tenetics/FEI Systems/Hackground/Tiresias Technologies/Howard County Public School System & Atholton High (Columbia, MD USA)

  • 1111 NASA/Dover Networks LLC/Leidos/Selby Bay Marina/Koons Ford of Annapolis/Inovex Information Systems/Hughes Remodeling LLC/Koons Toyota of Annapolis/Earth Observation Technologies LLC/Microsoft/Daly Computers/Family Veterinary Clinic/Anne Arundel County Public Schools/The Power Hawks Robotics Club, Inc./NorthPoint Sign and Graphic Services/Bayside Nissan of Annapolis/Commodore Mayo Kiwanis Club/Uni-Tech Collision Repair/Google/BIT Solutions/Pro-Air, Inc./McCarter Welding/Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc./Mike & Pat Meinhold/Michelle & Robert Phibbons/Brumby Contracting Inc./Arundel Self Storage Annapolis & South River High (Edgewater, MD USA)

  • 3793 Bechtel / Lockheed-Martin & Tuscarora High (Frederick, MD USA)

  • 4464 SSVT/DODEA/MSBR/ABBOT/Beltway Plaza Mall/NVIDIA/SLAS/ARGOSY & Home School (Greenbelt, MD USA)

  • 836 BAE Systems/The Patuxent Partnership/Susan Stachelczyk - Century 21/Best Buy/Northrop Gruman/Naval Air Systems Command/DOD STEM/growingSTEMS/Rotary International of St. Mary's County/Boothe's Heating and Air Conditioning/Rollout Systems/SMECO/Air Tech/Precise Systems/Smartronix/Mil Corp/Sheetz & Family/Community (Hollywood, MD USA)

  • 2377 NASA/NASA-GSFC/DeWALT/AACPS Advanced Studies & Programs/Leidos/Product Support Inc/Red Alpha LLC/Residential Dumpster Service/Alliance Technology Group/TCOM LP/Fifer's Seafood/Stevens Battery Warehouse/St. John Properties/Calvert Veterinary Center/Pasadena Signs/UPS/Eleven Peppers/Maryland Science Center/Baltimore Museum of Industry/Pasadena Jeepers/TowBoatUS/Atlantic Canvas & Chesapeake High (Pasadena, MD USA)

  • 449 DoD STEM/Intelligent Automation Inc./Lassiter and Associates/Emergent Biosolutions/Maryland Space Business Roundtable/Privatin Consulting/Turning Point Global Solutions/Basecamp/CipherTech Solutions/Digital Ocean/Convene/1Password/Coca Cola & Montgomery Blair High (Silver Spring, MD USA)

  • 5279 Mid-Atlantic Broadband / New London Technology & Altavista High (Altavista, VA USA)

  • 2421 NASA/Rappaport Management Company/Federal Acquisitions Strategies, LLC/The Boeing Company/BAE Systems, Inc./Soft Tech Consulting, Inc./Air Force Officers' Spouses Club & Family/Community (Burke, VA USA)

  • 5243 Zoom Consulting/Leidos/Booz Allen/Adaptive Methods/CSC/TapHere! Technology/General Dynamics/Stellar Solutions/NAVSEA/NDEP/Rev3 Adventure & Centreville High (Centreville, VA USA)

  • 346 Rotary Club of Chester / GE / DuPont / EPI & Lloyd C Bird High (Chesterfield, VA USA)

  • 401 Virginia Tech School of Education & Blacksburg High & Auburn High & Eastern Montgomery High & Christiansburg High (Christiansburg, VA USA)

  • 1598 Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation/Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing/Tractor Supply Co/Danville Public Schools Gifted Resources/Virginia International Raceway/Jarrett Welding & George Washington High (Danville, VA USA)

  • 1418 City of Falls Church Public Schools / Booz Allen Hamilton / Clark Construction Group, LLC / Markon Solutions / The Borja Family / Mr. Stan Fendley / AT &T / AFCEA NOVA / VirginiaFIRST / Mission Analytics, LLC / Falls Church Education Foundation / AV3, Incorporated / The Rondon Family / SAIC / Janice C. Nette, Quilter Extraordinaire / Financial Management Institute / Steve Miller and Anne Polivka / Kieran and Barbara Sharpe & George Mason High (Falls Church, VA USA)

  • 1086 Powertrain Control Solutions/Midas of Richmond/Watson Machine Corp/Showbest Fixture Corporation & Deep Run High (Glen Allen, VA USA)

  • 3274 Rocktown Robotics/James Madison University/HHS Governor's STEM Academy/Dynamic Aviation & Neighborhood Group (Harrisonburg, VA USA)

  • 1885 US STEM Foundation/Lockheed Martin/Macedon Technologies/DataSync Technologies/ASCO/Prince William County Schools/A-1 Flood Tech & Battlefield High (Haymarket, VA USA)

  • 1080 KRIMAR Fishing LLC/Flexicell/The Lathrop Family/Solidworks & 4-H Youth Development Organization (Henrico, VA USA)

  • 2068 FIRST Robotics /Progeny Systems Corporation/Lockheed Martin/Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc./BAE Systems/SPARK - Prince William County Public School's Education Foundation/Prince William County Public Schools/Micron Technology/Osbourn Park High School/Stellar Solutions Foundation/Marine Corps Systems Command & Osbourn Park High (Manassas, VA USA)

  • 1731 TE Connectivity Foundation/The Gale Foundation/Leidos/The King Family/Technology Management Associates/Mathnasium/Raytheon/Harris Corporation & Fresta Valley Christian School (Marshall, VA USA)

  • 1262 Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation/Applied Felts, Inc./New College Institute/Dalton Enterprises/American Electric Power/Hooker Furniture Corporation/Eastman Chemical Company/Capps Home Building Center/Patrick Henry Community College & Piedmont Governor School (Martinsville, VA USA)

  • 6334 Luck Stone/J&A Innovations, LLC/KSA Interiors, LLC/Meridian & Institute for Science Technology Engineering & Math (Midlothian, VA USA)

  • 2363 NASA/Intentional Innovation Foundation/PTC/SAIC/Q-Free Open Roads/YakAttack/DoD STEM/SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic/The Boeing Company/Booz Allen Hamilton/US Army Research Laboratory & Intentional Innovation Foundation & Menchville High (Newport News, VA USA)

  • 3359 Portsmouth Public Schools & Woodrow Wilson High & Churchland High (Portsmouth, VA USA)

  • 384 Flexicell / GE Volunteers / ShowBest Fixture Corp. / Hermitage Automation / SkyFoundry LLC / Whiteboard Geeks / Slurry Pavers / Henrico Co. Education Foundation / Solidworks & Tucker High (Richmond, VA USA)

  • 4242 Lockheed Martin/Bezos Family Foundation/Capital One/SAE Washington DC & Living Classrooms NCR (Washington, DC USA)

  • 4456 New Health Sciences Inc./Comcast / NBC Universal & St Johns College High School (Washington, DC USA)

  • 3941 DoDSTEM/Raytheon/TiePoint-bkm Engineering/SURVICE Engineering/ Boeing/ Enktesis/ American Scale & Equipment/O'Bryon Group/STEMAction & TechBrick Robotics (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD USA )

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be announcing their Partnership in Education (PIE) Program (Summer) for a Student Trainee (Office Automation) next week. This is a great paid opportunity for students who are currently in the 11th grade (rising seniors). The vacancy is now open -  Application closes April 14th.

Please take this opportunity to create an account in USA Jobs at In order to be eligible for the PIE Program students:

  • Must be U.S. citizens
  • Must have a current resume
  • Must have a 2.0 G.P.A. or higher
  • Must have a recent school transcript
  • Must complete Vacancy Questions

Clik the following links some useful information about the program:  HANDOUT    INFO SHEET

We are in need of local FRC teams to support a 3-hour hands-on STEM workshop for 35-50 student participants at the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation Conference in late June - early July in Alexandria, VA. The exact location and information about the conference can :

If interested, please reach out to

After communicating and verifying with the VCU Siegel Center, we have clarification for the Prohibited Items Listing for this week's FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Event Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton.

Here is the official word:

  • No professional tripods (very tall ones) or professional video cameras- but regular tripods and video cameras are allowed
  • Do not bring any team flags on flagpoles in the main pedestrian entrance into the venue.  If you have a flag on a flagpole, bring it in with your robot when you load in to your pit area.  A flag pole should be considered literally any type of stick or pole attached to the flag regardless of size.
  • No food or drinks of any kind
  •  An empty reusable water bottle is ok.  Do not bring them in full or you won't be allowed to enter.
  • No coolers
  • All backpacks, laptop bags, camera bags, and duffles will be searched
  • Tools are necessary for the the event and are allowed


We hope this answers questions you may have had.