Reminder- FIRST Chesapeake/ VirginiaFIRST has a new mailing address!

Please ask your school bookkeeper or team non-profit organization to change our mailing address for registrations or other payments to:
VirginiaFIRST / FIRST Chesapeake
8161 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite I
Mechanicsville, VA  23111
(Please note- that's Suite I as in "ice cream," not the number 1)

A message from FIRST:

Start a team! The 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition Grant application is now available.

Awarded teams will receive $6,000 in registration grants over the period of two seasons: $4,000 in season 1 and $2,000 in season 2.

Teams must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Teams must be from a country that has an existing official FIRST® Robotics Competition event.
  • Teams should have at least one committed Mentor.
  • The application must include a copy of team fundraising plan.

    Apply now! The grant application deadline is Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Teams will be notified about whether they are awarded the grant on Friday, November 10.

    For more information and to complete an application, please visit

    Here’s a short summary of the time line:

    · Now Live, Friday, August 18th
    · Closes: Thursday, November 2nd
    · List to RDs: By noon on Monday, November 6th
    · Feedback due from RDs: By noon on Wednesday, November 8th
    · Teams notified of whether they receive the grant: Friday, November 10th

    Also attached is a brief FAQ which you may also find helpful.

    Thanks, and GOOD LUCK!

It’s that time of year again: FIRST is HIRING!

  • Have you been searching for a position in community service?
  • Are you a FIRST alumni member or simply interested in robotics?
  • Do you enjoy working with students in grades 6th-12th?
  • Can you devote one year of your life to community service work?

If you answered “Yes” to all four questions, then you might be a perfect fit for our FIRST VISTA position!

About For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology: FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. With a National Headquarters based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people (pre-K-12) to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. The FIRSTAmeriCorps VISTA program places VISTA members in strategic locations to support FIRST programs nationwide.

FIRST VISTA Members work to:

  • Support and assist in the recruitment of teams, mentors, coaches and volunteers with an emphasis on securing and sustaining support to the underserved,
  • Target specific underserved schools and communities as locations to establish FIRST teams or sustain and grow existing teams,
  • Support existing teams and mentors to impact student engagement and interest in STEM,
  • Raise awareness of grant and funding opportunities for underserved students or teams and to bring awareness to high school students on FIRST teams regarding scholarship opportunities for post-secondary schooling opportunities,
  • Host/support outreach events, expos and demonstrations to increase awareness of FIRST programs among the underserved/underrepresented,
  • Assist in supporting and organizing regional competitions and events for all FIRST programs, and coordinate training and workshops for teams
  • Track and report out on specific performance milestones and measurements.

Qualifications: Candidates should possess strong organizational skills, proven ability to meet deadlines, have the ability to multi-task, be a team player, and have excellent communication skills. College degree preferred. Reliable transportation required. Familiarity with FIRST programs is preferred but not required.


Program Benefits: Training, Relocation Allowance, use of FIRST VISTA computer during service term, expense account, Health Benefit Plan*, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend upon completion of service, Childcare assistance if eligible, Living Allowance.

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefit Plan, please visit

Applications must be filled out at to be considered for the position. Or go to and search listings for "FIRST VISTA-Nationwide"


  • October 14th, 2017 - FRC Workshop (Richmond, VA). Keep checking the FIRST Family Blog for info as it becomes available


FIRST Chesapeake District Events 

Week 1

  • March 2-4, 2018 Northern VA Competition: Battlefield High School Haymarket, VA

Week 2

  • March 9-11, 2018 Greater DC Competition: Hayfield Secondary School Alexandria, VA 22315
  • March 9-11, 2018 Central VA Competition: Deep Run High School Glen Allen, VA

Week 3

  • March 16-18, 2018 Hampton Roads Competition: Churchland High School Portsmouth, VA
  • March 16-18, 2018 Southern MD Competition: Oxon Hill High School Oxon Hill, MD

Week 4

  • March 23-25, 2018 Central MD Competition: South River High School Edgewater, MD
  • March 23-25, 2018 Southwest VA Competition: Blacksburg High School Blacksburg, VA

Week 5

  • March 29-31, 2018 Snow make-up if needed: TBD

Week 6

  • April 4-7, 2018 FIRST Chesapeake District Championship: TBD
  • August 7th- registration for Sept 9 Workshop opens
  • September 9th - FTC 2016-2017 Season Kick Off / Game Announcement / Workshop. Keep checking the FIRST Family Blog for for info as it become available! 
  • October 2nd- Qualifier registration OPENS
  • Nov 11th: North Central Qualifier @ Orange County High School, Orange
  • Dec 2nd: NoVA Qualifier @ Battlefield High School, Haymarket
  • Dec 9th: Central Qualifier @Arthur Ashe Center, Richmond *NEW DATE AND LOCATION*
  • Dec 9th: Southwest Qualifier @ SWCC, Cedar Bluff
  • Dec 16th: Shenandoah Qualifier @ UVA Slaughter Center, Charlottesville
  • Jan 6th: Eastern Qualifier @ Heritage High School, Newport News *NEW LOCATION*
  • Jan 13th: South Central Qualifier @ Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg *NEW EVENT*
  • Feb 24th: Virginia State Championship @ St. Christopher's School, Richmond

In order to streamline our communications, we will be focusing our efforts on the FIRST Chesapeake @FIRSTChesapeake Twitter page and deleting the VirginiaFIRST @VirginiaFIRST Twitter account the week of June 26th. Beginning July 1st, the current FIRST Chesapeake Twitter feed will relay information about both the FIRST Chesapeake District FRC program and the Virginia FTC program.

Unfortunately Twitter accounts cannot be merged.

  • If you are currently following the FIRST Chesapeake Twitter feed, you do not have to do anything. Things will stay the same.
  • If you are currently following the VirginiaFIRST Twitter feed, please go to @FIRSTChesapeake and follow that page, as well. This will ensure you will not miss information about the Virginia FTC program via Twitter.

Please tell your coaches and mentors, teammates, friends, families, and sponsors so they can switch as well.

Thank you!

Our mailing address is changing as of September 1st
Please alert your school bookkeeper or team non-profit organization to update our mailing address in their system.
To avoid delayed or lost mail, registrations or other payments should be mailed to:
VirginiaFIRST / FIRST Chesapeake
8161 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Suite I
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Please note, the suite designation is the letter I as in "ice," not a number

In order to streamline our communications, we will be merging the FIRST Chesapeake Facebook page with the VirginiaFIRST Facebook page the week of June 26th.  Beginning July 1st the VirginiaFIRST page will be renamed FIRST Chesapeake, and will relay information about both the FIRST Chesapeake District FRC program and the Virginia FTC program.  All of the events and information you have enjoyed will now be on this one site.

If you have “Liked” and are currently following either page, you do not have to do anything. The merger will seamlessly bring both groups together.

However, If there are photos of you or your team on the FIRST Chesapeake page from before June 26th, those cannot be merged. Please download any photos you like before they disappear.

Thank you!