Interested in building your government relations and STEM advocacy program? Register now for the upcoming zoom Virginia Advocacy Conference! Sunday April 18th, 2:00pm-5:30pm.

Virginia Advocacy Conference (VAAC) is an opportunity for FRC and FTC teams across the Commonwealth of Virginia to gain all the tools to start political advocacy with their team, learn about advocacy objectives, as well as having some social time with other teams due to the lack of opportunities to meet with other teams in person this year!

Program will include best practices and toolkits to plan your team's STEM/FIRST advocacy at the state and local levels. Featuring Dean Roberts (Rolls Royce and chair, FIRST Chesapeake), Mark Smith (Exec Director, Government Relations, George Mason University) and a 4-team student panel (including Team 422 The Mech Tech Dragons, 1086 Blue Cheese, and Talon 540). Games and prizes, plus student networking! Open to all interested FTC/FRC participants! Register here or on the va-advocacy.com website.

If any team has questions, they can email .

Dear FIRST Chesapeake Family,
 
I want to notify you that Rose Young's last day with FIRST Chesapeake is April 5th, 2021. As a valued member of our staff, she will definitely be missed, but she has promised to continue to volunteer as time allows.
 
Rose joined the staff at a time when we could not have needed her more. Her vast knowledge of FIRST programs and her ties to the Maryland STEM community helped bring Maryland and District of Columbia FTC teams under the FIRST Chesapeake umbrella in 2020. In addition to her assigned duties, Rose also jumped in to help with volunteer recruitment and management, the planning and execution of FIRST  Chesapeake Chats, and the development of educational resources for several of our Title 1 schools. You may not have noticed, but she also helped field questions and requests in the comments section of our remote discussions and events this season. 
 
Please join me in thanking Rose for all that she has done for FIRST Chesapeake and wishing her the best in all future endeavors. If you would like to stay in touch with Rose, her email is . If you need to reach someone at FIRST Chesapeake, please email Ron Therrien

 

We are enthused to bring you an installment of the "Women in STEM Spotlight Series Sponsored by Leidos." This series highlights women involved in the FIRST community in DC, Maryland and Virginia who are an inspiration for our program's young women and girls.


Name: Rose Young

Place of Employment: Retired

Job Title: Volunteer and Mentor

 What is your specific job in STEM? How would you describe this job to young women and girls?   

Former teacher, engineer, Naval officer, scientist.

 

Who inspired you to choose a career in a STEM field? 

My high school chemistry and physics teacher challenged me and opened a world that engaged my curiosity, intellect and sense of order. At the same time, he let me explore and see connections. I think I was always drawn to what we now call "STEM" long before the acronym was coined, but Mr. Willis surely had a major impact on my life. He gave confidence and helped me find ways to succeed and grow. I went on to the Naval Academy and a career as an Engineering Duty Officer, left active duty to raise my children and then began teaching. I never lost my curiosity and interest in science.

 

What is the coolest thing about your job? 

My many careers have been interesting to me, if not "cool" in the way most would perceive the term. What is most rewarding to me is working to engage my sailors in the Navy and my students in the classroom, to help them see their own potential and open doors for them. Mentoring FIRST Teams is just the best possible way to do this job, the job of growing a new generation of inventors and creators. While I now am officially retired from at least two careers, I feel that I still have a meaningful job as a mentor.

 

What is the coolest thing that has happened while being involved (volunteering or mentoring) with FIRST?   

The most rewarding and memorable moments for me are the clear demonstrations of growth in young people. I can remember the freshman who could barely mumble a response to a question blossoming into a confident spokesperson. I recall young women skittish around power tools later taking the lead in building robots. Seeing alumni come back to volunteer, and to share experiences with others, gives my great joy. And seeing my own sons succeed in their careers and stay connected with teammates is pretty cool.

              

Anything else you'd like to share? 

For this article I chose a photo of me with my two sons at an Alumni event. I was presented with a small token of team appreciation for "Selfless Dedication" and my boys were there for the event. What a special day!

 

We are pleased to announce Accenture Federal Services as our 2021 FIRST Chesapeake Remote Town Hall Sponsor. Accenture has been a longtime supporter of FIRST Chesapeake and its programs. You probably remember them as our event sponsor for FRC District competitions in Maryland over the years, but they also helped develop our updated FIRST Chesapeake introductory video in the fall of 2020. It's the support of companies such as Accenture Federal Services that helps us do what we do best - build tomorrow's technology leaders.  
 
Our next FIRST Chesapeake Town Hall Sponsored by Accenture Federal Services will be held Tuesday, April 6th at 6pm on our Twitch channel.

From Firstinspires:

 

FIRST President Larry Cohen has decided to retire early so that he can spend more time with his family. Larry joined FIRST in December, 2019, after a distinguished 30+ year career leading information technology and operations efforts at AllianceBernstein, Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Goldman Sachs.

Our thanks to Larry for his successful leadership during a very difficult time, with the pandemic restricting most after-school activities and challenging organizational missions, impacts and finances.

We are pleased to appoint Chris Rake as Interim President, effective March 29. Chris is the Vice President of Programs for FIRST and leads the largest organization within FIRST. Chris has demonstrated outstanding technology and operational leadership skills. Chris is a true FIRST enthusiast and, as a volunteer, mentors several FIRST teams.

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