From the FIRSTinspires webpage:

Last year, a team of FIRST supporters worked together to assemble a suite of ways that teams could virtually experience Planet Primus. I’m happy to announce that the team is back, and excited about making a virtual 2020 field accessible too.

The suite of assets included videos, mobile tools, VR headset applications, desktop content (digital and literal – there was a 3D printable field too!), and simulations. You can peruse all the details on the Playing Field webpage, but the list below will give you a general sense of these goodies:

  • Autodesk
    • Synthesis, a robotics simulator built for FRC teams

The developers strongly encourage you to spend some time getting acquainted with the different hardware and platforms (depending on what’s accessible to you) this fall so that come Kickoff, all you need to do is update the content and you’re off and running safely walking around the INFINITE RECHARGESM field.

Last and certainly not least, a great big thank you to the developer team. This wouldn’t happen without your help. 

Enjoy the show!


Dear FIRST Chesapeake Family, 
It is with great sadness that I am sharing the news of the sudden
passing of Dr. Woodie Flowers. 
It is not often that so many of us get to meet our heroes, and it is ever rarer to have a hero that is willing to turn the tables to make you feel
like the most important person in the room. I can say, without a doubt, that the tens of thousands of team members and volunteers who had
the privilege of meeting Woodie over the years remember that feeling of sincere appreciation that he so freely shared with everyone he met. 
When it's all said and done, no matter how many people know your name, it's your legacy that really matters. Woodie will be greatly missed, but his lasting legacy of gracious professionalism and respect for the individual talents in each and every one of us will live on in our teams and our programs.
If you would like to send your condolences to Woodie's family or know more about the Woodie Flowers Memorial Fund, please see this message from FIRST Headquarters here. 
Leighann Scott Boland, Executive Director
Jim Kresge, Board Chair

You have a student on your team, who above all others, demonstrates leadership, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and is dedicated to increasing awareness of FIRSTFIRST Tech Challenge students are changing the world – help the change-maker on your team further their potential and nominate them for the Dean’s List Award.

The Dean’s List Award recognizes the leaders and ambassadors from each FIRST Tech Challenge team. This recognition helps these inspiring students attract recruiters and stand out on their college applications and resumes.

Read the nomination guide to start yours today. Please note that only students in grades 10 and 11 are eligible. To nominate a student, log into your Dashboard at, click "Certificates and Awards" under Team Options, and select "FTC Dean's List Awards Submissions".

The 2020 Safety Animation Award theme is ‘Sustainability on the RISE’. FRC students must submit their team’s Safety Animation video through their FIRST® accountThe student submitting must be marked as an award submitter. Animations must be submitted between Thursday, October 24, 2019, at noon ET and Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 3 p.m. ET. Click here for more information.

Registration is open for Maryland Robotics Alliance members and, on a space-available basis, for non-members. See flyer here
When: Saturday, November 02, 2019, 08:00am - 03:30pm
Where: Howard Community College SET Building- 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, Maryland 21044

Registration link

Last year's schedule and presentations are available here: It is likely that this year's program will be similar.

Joining the MRA is easy and cheap: So, if you're not already a member, please join.

Questions? Contact

The LibraryBots FTC Team 7278 is hosting a FIRST Tech Challenge "Scrimmage at the Library" Sat. Nov 23, 2019. 

  • Location Chesterfield County Central Library- 7051 Lucy Corr Blvd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
  • RSVP by Nov 10th
  • Limited to the first seven teams
  • Featuring mock judging 
  • Bring your own lunch
FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to announce that Katarina Spears has joined our staff as Director of Development.  "Kat" will work to build and sustain relationships that advance FIRST Chesapeake's mission and support organizational growth.

Kat has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector in DC, Northern Virginia, and Richmond. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. from American University in Washington, DC. Throughout her career, Kat has worked to advance standards and best practices in the non-profit organizations she has served, specializing in grant-writing, financial management, educational programs, and events.
Though she was born and lived abroad for much of her childhood, DC is the closest thing she has to a hometown. Kat is also a critically-acclaimed, award-winning author with three novels published by Macmillan and a fourth title to be released in 2020.
We are pleased to have Kat join our staff. It is the experience that individuals like Kat bring to the FIRST Chesapeake family that help us do what we do best - build tomorrow's technology leaders.

At last Saturday's Blacksburg Town Hall meeting, FIRST Chesapeake was asked if they could help facilitate communications between teams in the DC, Maryland, Virginia areas. Since we cannot share team contact information that has been provided through FIRST Headquarters, we proposed that interested teams create a basic team gmail address that can be posted under a team info tab on our website. Teams would be listed by geographic location, as well as program. (Other information such as website and social media will also be included). It is our hope that this directory will encourage teams to connect with each other on a local level.

If you are interested in registering your team, please complete this form.