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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Showbest Fixture Corporation has generously provided funding for FRC team grants for the 2020 season. All registered FRC teams in DC, Maryland and Virginia are eligible to apply for this needs-based award. 
Applications will be reviewed based upon need, and grants will not exceed $2,000 per team. Awards will be selected by a committee and can be used to help defray registrations, travel and lodging, or parts for the 2020 FRC season. Funds will also be considered to support outreach to grow FRC teams in local school districts and communities. 
Applications must be submitted on-line by 4pm, on February 7, 2020. Awards will be announced by February 21, 2020. 
Please contact  with any questions.
UPDATE! If you cannot meet the Jan 15th submission deadline for the Roanoke College RCROBOTICS Fellowship, please contact Cathy Sarisky at 540 375 2438 // who can help you make it work.

At Roanoke College, we help you put the pieces together to understand who you truly are -- what you care deeply about, what you do well, how you relate to the world. Through challenge inside and outside the classroom, you grow as a whole person, gaining the confidence, self-knowledge and personal authority needed to make important decisions about your life. 

Roanoke College invites applications for FIRST® RCROBOTS Fellows.  Fellows will join RCROBOTS (Roanoke College Robotics Outreach Builds Opportunities Through Service), working to bring STEM and robotics learning opportunities to youth throughout the Roanoke Valley.  Fellows may coach, mentor, volunteer, promote, organize, or lead in a variety of robotics opportunities, fitting each student’s individual interests.  Students of all majors and career goals are welcome.  An enthusiasm for working with kids and playing with robots is the “major” requirement!

Roanoke College supports the FIRST® mission to inspire young people to be future science and technology leaders, to build STEM skills, and to develop confidence, communication, and teamwork skills.  As a FIRST® alum, you have already benefited from these opportunities.  RCROBOTS is your opportunity to continue your own FIRST® journey through your college career, bringing opportunities in robotics and STEM to children throughout the Roanoke Valley.

The FIRST Fellows program provides a $1,000 per year renewable fellowship to all students selected.  Twelve fellowships are available for students beginning at Roanoke College in Fall 2020.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this fellowship, you must:

  • Have participated on a FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) or a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Team during high school.
  • Apply and be admitted to Roanoke College as a full-time student, or plan to do so by the scholarship deadline.


Submit applications on this page:


Scholarship applications are due Wednesday, January 15th. 

*UPDATE! If you cannot meet the Jan 15th submission deadline for the Roanoke College RCROBOTICS Fellowship, please contact Cathy Sarisky at 540 375 2438 // who can help you make it work.*


Students with questions can contact Dr. Catherine Sarisky (), or Ben Bentley (), Assistant Director of Admissions.

FTC Orange Qualifier team lunch pre-order DEADLINE IS EXTENDED to Tues Jan 14th! Order your pizzas before 9am tomorrow

Every year we hear the most amazing stories about coaches and mentors who go above and beyond for their teams and in their communities. This year, we are pleased to recognize one of these outstanding volunteers with the Jim and Laraine Schubert Unsung Hero: Mentor of the Year Award. This award recognizes a FIRST Chesapeake FTC or FRC Mentor who has gone above and beyond to support the 5 Strategic Pillars of FIRST. The award winner will be announced at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding on Saturday, April 4th, at the Hampton Coliseum. 
The Award will include complimentary air travel and lodging at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit, a meal stipend, and invitations to select VIP events at the World Championship. (NOTE: The Mentor's team does not need to qualify for Worlds for the Mentor to attend.) 
Nominations can be made for a rookie or veteran mentor and can be submitted by a volunteer, team member, or other coach/mentor. Mentors must be associated with a FIRST Chesapeake FTC team in Virginia or an FRC team in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Washington, DC during the 2019-2020 season. 
Applications will be accepted until 5pm on March 1st, 2020. The award winner will be notified by March 20th and must be present to receive the award on April 4th. 

Want to get paid to help kids build robots?

No experience necessary


FIRST Chesapeake Robotics, a 20 year old STEM education-based non-profit, is seeking part-time contractors to work with specific middle school FIRST Tech Challenge teams in Richmond City Public Schools. This position requires between 12 and 16 hours of afternoon on-site classroom instruction per week Mon-Thurs. Hours can be structured to fit most schedules. Additional hours are available, if desired. FIRST Chesapeake is willing to coordinate these hours with university career services for possible internship credit for the 2019-2020 academic year. The position reports directly to the Sustainability Project Manager.

Pay scale: Pay is set at $22.00/hr. 

For more information, requirements, and the application click here.