The NASA FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Grant is now open! Visit NASA’s grant application page to review requirements and apply by September 30, 2021, 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (October 1, 2021, 2:59:59 a.m. Eastern Time.)
Would you like to see GEARED UP in your school?
GEARED Up Remote Robotics offers middle and high school students fun and interactive activities that can easily be used as a classroom, after school, or remote resource.
Each lesson is led by a trained instructor and tied to specific core academic standards. Best of all, students get to keep their own functioning robot at the end of the program!
Limited scholarships for needs-based schools available.

If you would like to see GEARED Up in your school, ask your school administrator to visit or contact us at 




We will be hosting the FTC Kickoff, Game Reveal, and Meet the Field Sponsored by InSource Solutions at three different locations and via our twitch channel from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. 
The three locations will also offer a meet the field immediately following the game reveal which will also be streamed via Twitch. A head ref will be on hand to help decipher the game and potential strategies with the teams on hand. [Keep in mind, they will also just be seeing the game at the same time teams do.] Remote teams will be able to ask the ref questions via Twitch as well as teams at the fields.
  • Each venue will be limited to 5 teams in attendance.
  • Face masks will be required of all in attendance.
  • To sign up to attend follow this link -
  • Teams will be selected using a lottery system if we have more than 5 teams signing up.
The available locations are:
  • U-Turn 2101 Maywill Street Richmond, VA 23230
  • Capitol Technology University 11301 Springfield Rd, Laurel, MD 20708
  • Garrett College 687 Mosser Road McHenry, MD 21541


Last year, FIRST Chesapeake made a promise that your health and safety would be our top priorities. While we had hoped that this fall would see a drop in COVID positivity and a reopening of venues, so far this hasn't been the case. So today, we are sorry to inform you that the FIRST Programs Expo and FTC Scrimmage Sponsored by Qualcomm scheduled for September 11th at the Science Museum of Western Virginia has been postponed. 
We are very grateful to the Science Museum of Western Virginia, Qualcomm, and the many volunteers who have put so many resources and so much time and effort into planning this event. While we're still as dedicated as ever to bringing the excitement of FIRST programs to communities in Southwest Virginia, the safety of our teams and volunteers must come first. 
Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, but be assured that we are looking forward to bringing you some of the best events ever, once this crisis has passed. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these difficult times, and we look forward to continuing to support our mission, with the help of our partners, to help build tomorrow's technology leaders. 
As soon as a new date has been set, we will let you know. In the meanwhile, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Stay safe and healthy, my friends.
President, VirginiaFIRST dba FIRST Chesapeake

Interested in promoting and fostering STEM education? FIRST Chesapeake has job openings for a Director of Development and After-School Robotics Instructors.

Please see our Careers Page for more information and application instructions. 

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