2020 FIRST Chesapeake District Schedule

Week Dates Event Name Venue
1 Feb 28- Mar 1 FIRST Chesapeake District NoVA VA Event  pending
2 Mar 6-8 FIRST Chesapeake District Richmond VA Event  pending
2 Mar 6-8 FIRST Chesapeake District Bethesda MD Event  Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, MD
3 Mar 13-15 FIRST Chesapeake District Owings Mill MD Event  McDonogh School, Owings Mill, MD
3 Mar 13-15 FIRST Chesapeake District Portsmouth VA Event  Churchland High School, Portsmouth, VA
4 Mar 20-22 FIRST Chesapeake District Edgewater MD Event South River High School Edgewater, MD
4 Mar 20-22 FIRST Chesapeake District Blacksburg VA Event  Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA
6 Apr  2-5 FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA



There are some exciting changes for the FRC 2019-20 season workshops. 
  • We will be utilizing Twitch as an online format so teams from throughout the district can participate regardless of their physical location. 
  • Workshops will be more in depth than in the past-  30-60 minutes in length, scheduled weekly throughout the fall, with a different subject for each scheduled date. 
Do you have a resource that would help the community? What does your team do well? Teams and mentors may submit presentation topics at: https://www.firstchesapeake.org/submit-workshop
Dates/times will be published as soon as we have a full slate of presenters lined up.
Dear FIRST  Family,

It is with great sadness I share that the FIRST community lost one of our own yesterday. We are heartbroken by the death of Kendrick Castillo, a student victim of the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Littleton, Colorado. Kendrick was an active member of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4418, STEM IMPULSE, of which his father is a lead mentor. His mom is also a mentor/volunteer for the team.

You can read more about Kendrick’s life and his incredible selflessness and bravery at Denver Post and CNN. All reports indicate he was an exemplary FIRST student, with strong character and a bright future ahead. Our hearts go out to Kendrick’s family, friends, peers, and all affected by the shooting. 

We know our teams, alumni, volunteers, and supporters around the world are mourning with Team 4418. FIRST stands with Team 4418, their school, and the entire Littleton community during this incredibly difficult time.

For members of the FIRST community wishing to support Team 4418, we’ve launched a fundraising campaign in support of Team 4418 and the family as they mourn and remember Kendrick and recover with all the victims in their community. We encourage you to amplify this effort to your network by sharing these FIRST Facebook and Twitter posts.




Donald E. Bossi 
President, FIRST ® 

We will post DC, MD, and VA STEM/robotics summer camps again on our website- if you have a camp you'd like listed, please fill out this form.


Listing on the website does not constitute an endorsement by FIRST Chesapeake.



Here is the link to photos from the FIRST Championship Detroit which took place April 24-27, 2019- thank you to our team of photographers led by Todd Ferrante! 

Maryland Robotics Association will be holding their 2nd Annual Mentor Seminars on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at USRA, 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD 21046, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The event is intended primarily for FIRST Robotics Competition mentors from Maryland teams, but registration will be open to all comers.

  • Join mentors from across the Chesapeake District - meet new and old friends, share some of the excitement of our competition season and Worlds, learn more about FRC, share your experience an insights and help strengthen the network and resources for our teams.
  • Start with .... Continental Breakfast catered by la Madeleine French Bakery & Café; meet and greet your fellow mentors and event staff. Move to ....
  • Panel Discussion: "Lessons Learned" or "What I Wish I Had Known" followed by ....
  • Small Group Discussions: 25-minute small group discussions (limited to 10), that will be repeated 3 times for different groups. There will be a variety of topics and you can join three. The list includes:
    • Alumni engagement
    • FMS/Control System
    • Fundraising 
    • Team Culture 
    • New Mentors Roundtable 
    • Student / Mentor Balance 
    • The new build season (no Stop Build Day)
    • Robot inspection
    • Scouting & strategy
    • Improve Collaboration among the Maryland Mentor Community
    • Team Branding
  • Note: immediately following the seminars, the MRA will have a BoB Battle-O-Baltimore (off season) planning meeting at nearby Houlihan’s Restaurant [https://bit.ly/2GXSDFY]. You’re welcome to attend and participate, listen, or just hang out with your peers.  Food and drinks are a personal option.




The photos taken at the FIRST Chesapeake Championship Event at GMU this past weekend can be found here: https://mjl.smugmug.com/School/CHS-District-Champs-2019/ . You may download them for free!

We appreciate the hard work of our lead photographer Mark Lucas and his student photographers Shivan and Katelyn this past weekend. THANK YOU!!

We are grateful for all the volunteer photographers this year- you did a wonderful job. More event photos from the FRC season local events will be posted in the near future.