Captial Gazette "Sharon Schultz: Archbishop Spalding's robotics team goes to world championships" [article]


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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Download our 2019 Media Kit (Revised 3-22-2019)


Updated Resources
We’ve started to publish revised resources for our SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm season! You can find our updated Wiring Guide on our Building Resources page; our Blocks Tutorial Guide is available on our Programming Resources page; the Robot Inspector Manual, Field Inspector Manual, and Legal and Illegal Parts List is updated on our Volunteer Resources page. The Game Manual Part 1 is now available on our Game and Season page. Keep an eye on our webpages as we continue to upload fresh resources for our SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm season!
Rookie Grants
We have FIRST® Tech Challenge rookie grants available for brand new, needs-based FIRST Tech Challenge teams. Make sure to tell new potential teams at your outreach events that we have grants available! These grants were generously funded by DEKA and Qualcomm. 
FIRST Chesapeake has an urgent and unexpected opening for a FIRST Senior Mentor (FSM) in Virginia. 
This position will ideally be filled from outside the Northern Virginia, DC and MD areas, as we have Senior Mentors currently working in those areas. This role is ideal for a FIRST alumni, key volunteer, or a mentor who is interested in becoming involved with FIRST on a higher level. Expectations are to average of 10-15 hours a week and compensation is a modest honorarium and some travel reimbursement. Duties will include assisting with team support and program growth, attending competitions and outreach activities as needed, participating in regularly scheduled calls, and completing monthly reporting.  More information on the FSM program can be found at 
If you think you might be interested in this role, please reach out to Kristin Clemons at 804-239-2228 or by NOON FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND

FIRST Chesapeake is now hiring. Twelve month and seasonal positions are available.

Please check our Careers Page for more information. 

Dear FIRST  Chesapeake Teams and Volunteers, 
Thank you to all of the FRC mentors who submitted applications for the inaugural FIRST Chesapeake Team Advisory Committee. A seven member selection committee, consisting of FIRST Chesapeake staff, volunteers, and a FIRST Chesapeake board member (with no team affiliation), carefully reviewed more than 30 very impressive applications. It was a tough decision, but it was finally decided that the following FRC team mentors would be offered a seat on the committee for the 2019-2020 season:
  • Amy Brunner (FRC# 4541)
  • Preston Childress (FRC# 401)
  • Katherine Dougan (FRC# 2377)
  • Gail Drake (FRC# 1885)
  • Josh Hinebaugh (FRC# 1629)
  • Nancy Holincheck (FRC# 5243)
  • Paul E. Lathrop (FRC# 7429)
  • Kenneth Lesley (FRC# 1915)
  • Tim Miedzinski (FRC# 836)
  • Farish Perlman (FRC# 1389)
  • David Shotwell (FRC# 339)
  • Timothy Stevic (FRC# 1731)
  • DeAndre' Taylor (FRC# 1610)
  • Matthew Wilson (FRC# 1086)
FIRST Chesapeake staff and the board are very much looking forward to working with this committee to continue to improve the team experience. Keep an eye out for an email with further details about how the committee will share (and collect) information and committee member contact information.
In addition to the selection announcement, we are very pleased to announce that Anne Shade, FIRST alumni and former FIRST Maryland Regional Director, will act as the committee facilitator for this season. Anne spearheaded the effort to develop the Team Advisory Committee Charter and has agreed to continue on as its facilitator. The FIRST Chesapeake staff and board would like to say a huge thank you to Anne for volunteering her exceptional organizational skills and knowledge of all things FIRST to get this committee up and running so quickly.
Please join me in thanking these individuals for volunteering their time and expertise to help give a greater voice to the teams and mentors for 2019-2020.
Leighann Scott Boland
Executive Director

Dear FIRST Teams in Virginia,

FIRST HQ needs YOUR help asking Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to support and co-sponsor S. 239, the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019

This commemorative coin would honor Christa McAuliffe's legacy not just by celebrating her life and service, but by designating additional funds to FIRST
  • FIRST needs you to contact Senators Kaine and Warner no later than 5pm Friday June 14th
  • Here is a sample letter for you to use and customize as you like. 

Senator Tim Kaine

    • Contact page - addresses, fax #s
    • Email - copy and paste your letter into this submission form

Senator Mark Warner

    • Contact page - addresses only
    • Email - copy and paste your letter into this submission form
Thank you teams for supporting FIRST with the promotion of this important and meaningful legislation!

Dear FIRST Chesapeake Family,

Thank you for the incredible response to our Town Hall meeting survey! Over 120 individuals and teams responded to the survey with 21 offering to host a Town Hall. To make the best use of everyone's time, we chose sites that could provide the most seating, a live feed broadcast, on-site moderator, and were within a 2-hour drive of the majority of the responding teams in their area. 

Be sure to mark your calendars:

  • August 28th, 6pm-8pm, Collegiate School (Richmond)
  • September 21st, 10am-noon, Blacksburg High School (Blacksburg)
  • October 12th, 10am-noon, USRA STEMaction Center (Columbia)
  • October 19th, 10am-noon, George Mason High School (Falls Church)
  • TBA, Christopher Newport University (Newport News)

The goals of the Town Halls are to:

  • Provide greater transparency within FIRST Chesapeake
  • Update the teams and volunteers regarding the FIRST Ecosystem project and FIRST Chesapeake's plans for the future
  • Hear your thoughts about how we can work together to strengthen the FIRST experience in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia

As we get closer to the meeting date(s), FIRST Chesapeake will email more details, as well as a survey to teams and volunteers. The survey will help gauge the number attending each Town Hall and give an idea of any specific topics you'd like to be addressed by FIRST Chesapeake staff. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the Town Hall, both in-person and via real-time messaging, and all Town Halls will be archived on the FIRST Chesapeake website.

We're looking forward to this chance to hear your ideas and share some of ours. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at or call at 804.514.7712.


Leighann Scott Boland

FIRST Chesapeake Executive Director