Dear FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Robotics Challenge Teams,

Our team hosts a large FRC kickoff event each year for the team, and this year, we would like to open this to other teams. The event will take place on Saturday, January 6 at Montgomery Blair High School (51 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901). 
A tentative schedule for the day is as follows:
  • 9:30 - 10:30: Team Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 11:30: Kickoff Broadcast
  • 11:45 - 12:00: Team Photos
  • 12:00 - 12:45: Lunch
  • 12:45 - 3:45: Strategy Discussion
  • 4:00 - 6:00: Strategy Presentations
Team 449 will be providing breakfast (TBD) to all attendees. Pizza can be purchased from the team ($5 per person). If there are concerns regarding food allergies or restrictions, there are a variety of restaurants across the street from our school where food can be purchased.
Our team typically breaks up into small groups for strategy discussions after the broadcast. Teams are welcome to be split into groups with our members, or we can reserve rooms for individual teams.
If teams are interested in attending this event, they can fill out this Google Form. We hope to see everyone in 2018!
Sincerely,
Laura Espinoza
President
FRC Team 449: The Blair Robot Project

Due to inclement weather, the FRC workshop scheduled for Sat. December 9th at George Mason High School in Falls Church, VA has been cancelled.

Here is a map detailing the location of team load in and event parking for the FIRST Tech Challenge Central Qualfier Sponsored by Dominion, Saturday December 9th.

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The FIRST Tech Challenge North Central Virginia Qualifier Presented in Partnership by NAVSEA and FIRST Chesapeake, and the Northern Virginia Qualifier results have been posted on the FIRST Chesapeake FTC 2017-18 results page:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQKKGhqgegayKvnTjg_rC1tq94XuGr5xwhmZ1t4szuU9lnKfP6joX4Vs_ZrLdqMTlQJzutDz2g4m8dR/pubhtml

They can also be found under the FIRST Programs dropdown in the Main menu at the top of the webpage, under FIRST Tech Challenge, and then Virginia FIRST Tech Challenge Events.

Future qualifier results will be posted here as they become available.

REMINDER: FIRST Tech Challenge Dean's List deadline for January events is on December 15th.

A PDF document with team specifics for the FIRST Tech Challenge Central Virginia Qualifier Sponsored by Dominion on December 9th will be posted shortly to the event webpage https://www.firstchesapeake.org/first-programs/ftc/virginia-first-tech-challenge-events/central-virginia-qualifier.

In the meantime you can also find it here.

There is also a Robot Inspection List on the event webpage to download as well.

Please watch the blog page for further updates https://www.firstchesapeake.org/news/first-family-blog.

A PDF document with team specifics for the FIRST Tech Challenge Southwest Virginia Qualifier on December 9th will be posted shortly to the event webpage https://www.firstchesapeake.org/first-programs/ftc/virginia-first-tech-challenge-events/southwest-virginia-qualifier .

In the meantime you can also find it here.

There is also a Robot Inspection List on the event webpage to download as well.

Please watch the blog page for further updates https://www.firstchesapeake.org/news/first-family-blog.

This is a reminder, that the FIRST Chesapeake Consent & Release form needs to be completed by Coaches / mentors / students / volunteers. This form is different and separate from the Consent & Release form required upon registration with FIRST. (Although closely aligned, FIRST Chesapeake and FIRST (firstinspires.org) are not the same organization)

Everyone only needs to fill out the form ONCE per season- before their initial event. If a person volunteers for both FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC) events, or if a student is on both an FTC and FRC team, this still applies- once per season, before their initial event.

Here are some helpful points:

  • The FIRST Chesapeake Consent & Release form is available in an easy online format. We encourage you to fill the form out online, prior to the event
  • Coaches- make sure your students know your email address! There is a required section on the online form for your email, so you will automatically receive confirmation of that student's submission.
  • If a student says that they completed the form, but the coach did not receive a confirmation, ask the student to forward their own confirmation email to the coach.
  • Paper copies are available to download and print, but a parent/guardian's signature is required.
  • A parent/guardian signature is not required if the participant is 18 years of age or older.
  • Coaches should bring a list of their students who have completed the online consent form to team check-in, or printouts of the confirmations.

For more information see our prior blog post or the Consent & release Form page.

We hope this clears up any confusion.