We know … it’s in the middle of Build Season and you are extremely busy. We are busy as well. We’ve received multiple questions from our teams regarding mentor assistance and available resources. Share your challenges (mentors, materials, travel, etc.) and take advantage of the services listed below.

Team Inquiry Form/Community of Experts

Of course, you can reach out to us anytime by email or by phone, but an online team inquiry form is now available on the FIRST Chesapeake website to submit requests for assistance and resources at https://www.firstchesapeake.org/first-programs/frc/frc-team-support-inquiry. The more details we have, the better service we will provide. All inquiries will be sent to both of us and responses will be tracked. Many experienced and knowledgeable coaches and mentors have joined our Community of Experts, and they are willing and waiting to assist you.

Work and Practice Spaces for Teams

The following locations are available for teams to work, fabricate parts and practice during the FIRST STEAMWORKS season. We are happy to include any teams that open their space for other teams to utilize – let us know!



Location: FIRST Chesapeake Command Central - 8177 Mechanicsville Tpke, Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Available resources: Work space, basic machine shop, hand tools, storage space, practice field.

Days/Times: By appointment only.

Contact: Glen Davis


Location: FRC Team 1418, George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043

Available resources: Tools, partial field should be ready by January 14th

Days/Times: Daily until 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays until 6pm

Contact: Cricket Moore


Location: FRC Team 2363, Menchville High School, Newport News, VA

Available resources: Probably some mockup practice field components (but we won't know specifics until Week 1 or 2), 6x26 manual milling machine with DRO, lathe, band saw, drill presses, belt sander, grinder, hand tools

Days/times available: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 6pm -9pm and Saturdays 9am-6pm (or as needed)

Contact: Nate Laverdure 703-200-2336



Location: USRA STEMaction Center, 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD 21046

Available resources: Bring your own tools. Teams must sign a waiver to utilize dremels, grinders, etc.

Days/Times: Wednesdays 4-8pm

Contact: Mike Kaurich

Reservation form:



Location: FRC Team 4638 Northwest High School Jabots, Northwest HS 13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874

Available Resources: Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill, Floor Drill Press, Table Saw, 3d Printer, Other MISC Tools

Days/Times: Saturdays 9am - 3pm

Contact: Mike Ames 301-873-5067


Location: FRC Team 4949 Parkdale HS Robo Panthers, 6001 Good Luck Rd, Riverdale MD 20737

Days/Times: Monday - Friday from 2:30 - 9:00pm

Available Resources: (list specific tools, practice field, etc.) band saw, chop saw, drill press, table saw, dremel, and hand tools.

Contact: 734-587-3350


Location: FRC Team 836 Robobees - The Stachelczyk STEM Center, 43883 Airport View Dr, Hollywood MD, 20636

Available Resources: 1/2 Practice Field, ask if a specific tool is needed

Days/Times Available: Usually most days

Contact: Steve Page 240-298-1697


Location: FRC Team 3941 - Techbrick Robotics STEM Outreach Education Center, Building 4508 Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, MD

Available resources: Tools, some field/game elements

Days/Times: Upon request (refer to detailed instructions attached for access)

Contact: Marco 410-960-9003 / Tim 302-383-6759



Location: FRC Team 1915 McKinley Technology High School, 151 T Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Available resources: Band saws, drill presses, chop saw, small brake and shear for aluminum sheet and oodles of hand tools

Days/Times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, though the lab open Monday and Wednesday as well most of the time. If the team works on Saturday, it will usually be 1000-1400 unless otherwise noted.

Contact: Kenneth Lesley


Location: FRC Team 4242 Living Classrooms Fresh Start (located near the Navy Yard and United States Department of Transportation), 515 Tingey Street, SE, Building 74, Suite 222, Washington, DC 20003

Available Resources: Mostly just typical woodshop tools- miter saw, band saw, table saw, router, drill presses, tiny lathe, hand drills, handheld band saw, clamps, vices, etc. We do have some practice carpet scavenged from one of last year's events.

Contacts: Dominique Skinner – Administrator , Andrew Magaletti – Mentor


Location: Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School, 704 26th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Days/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 to 6pm. Saturday (9 to 1pm) is optional if the school's principal agrees to provide custodial/security personnel.

Contacts: Ms. Hannah Whitaker , Leo Yon – Mentor 202-366-7028


FIRST Help Now – new resource! If you know of another great resource for teams, please share

Team 3132, BumbleB, Cheesy Poofs, Chop Shop, Griffins, Hawaiian Kids, Magma Robotics and Sultans of Turkiye present FIRST Help Now, a 24/7 call centre hosted on Google Hangouts to help teams during build season. They are working together to create a place where you can get immediate help for all your emergency robotic repairs. The idea is to create a place where teams around the world can have immediate access to help and advice if needed. For more information, please go to their website; www.FIRSTHelpNow.org or "like" them on Facebook.


Stay Informed

As always, please make sure to sign-up for the FIRST Chesapeake monthly "Hear FIRST" newsletter http://virginiafirst.formstack.com/forms/virginiafirst_newsletter_sign_up and frequently check the FIRST Family Blog https://www.firstchesapeake.org/news/first-family-blog for current news. These are two important vehicles we use to get information to teams, coaches, students, parents, and volunteers.


Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need our help.
* Denise Lewis- Director of FRC Program EAST – (301) 814-0331
* Brian Walinski- Director of FRC Program WEST – (804) 690-4040

Inclement Weather


In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call 804.464.8945
after 5am for updates