Mark your calendars NOW for the following important dates:

Kickoff AND Workshop - September 9

  • Due to the competition schedule being moved up, the workshop and kickoff will now be on the same day.
  • *NEW VENUE* We are super excited to be partnering with ECPI University for our Workshop this year. We will have TWO locations: Richmond (Innsbrook campus) and Manassas. Stay tuned for more information, but for now Save the Date!


Qualifier Events and Championship

  • 4-Nov: Central VA, Cosby HS, Midlothian *NEW DATE AND LOCATION*
  • 11-Nov: N. Central, Orange HS, Orange
  • 2-Dec: Northern, Battlefield HS, Haymarket
  • 9-Dec: Southwest, Southwest Community College, Cedar Bluff
  • 16-Dec: Shenandoah, UVA Slaughter Center, Charlottesville
  • 6-Jan: Eastern, *NEW LOCATION*, Heritage HS, Newport News
  • 13-Jan: S. Central VA, *NEW EVENT*, Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg
  • 3-Feb: Virginia State Championship, Location tbd


We will have more news and updates throughout the summer. Please keep in touch!

Thanks, all, for a great season! Have a fun summer.

Maureen Carley
FTC Program Director

FIRST Tech Challenge Team 8297 GEARED UP! will host two open house presentations June 14th and 16th at two different Loudoun County, VA libraries.

For more information on these interest meetings or joining their team, please see this flyer.

On Thursday, June 1st, the Google DC office welcomed our seven FIRST Robotics Competition teams from District of Columbia Public Schools to a lunch reception to celebrate their hard work, creativity, resourcefulness and enthusiasm during the 2017 FIRST STEAMWORKS season. Participants included students, coaches, mentors and supporters from DCPS, FIRST Chesapeake and the following schools:
  • 615        Ballou Senior High School
  • 1915      McKinley Technology High School
  • 2900      School Without Walls Senior High School
  • 2911      Coolidge Senior High School
  • 2912      Phelps Architecture Construction & Engineering High School
  • 2914      Wilson High School
  • 2961      Dunbar Senior High School
Many thanks to Google for their support of DCPS robotics this year. Without their support, some teams would not have been able to compete.
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One of our goals is to encourage collaboration among teams (better communication of needs). Be sure to check out and join the CHS Mentors Facebook group. They currently have 200 members. This is a great way for FIRST Chesapeake FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) teams to communicate with each other. Note that this facebook group is independent and is not facilitated, moderated or owned by FIRST Chesapeake.

Announcing 2 seminars/workshops by FRC mentors for FRC mentors: "Developing a Team Organizational Plan" and "Preparing for Awards"
When: June 24, 2017
Where: Hackground, 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd, Fulton, MD 20759
Cost: FREE!

Please follow this link for more information and instructions on how to register:

  • *NEW* Season pins: Due to some inventory issues some teams did not receive their season pins. If you did not receive your pins, or would like to have some extras for coaches, mentors, etc.. please let Maureen Carley know how many you would like to have and where you would like them sent, and she will get them right out to you.
  • ALSO - FTC Season registration opens May 11. FIRST is keeping the season registration at $275.
  • NEW ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE - Check out the REV Robotics Expansion Hub at
  • *STAY TUNED*- we hope to tell you soon about lots of great things we have planned for the 2017-18 FTC season!

A team requested an FTC participation certificate for the 2016-17 season, and we have made a printable version available.

If you would like to have it, please contact Maureen Carley to request a copy. 

The 2017-2018 season registration for all programs opens Thursday, May 11 at 12:00 P.M. (ET).  

Teams- check out the streamlined registration website:

  • Simplified dashboard provides clear reminders for outstanding team tasks
  • No more Youth Protection Program registration delays! Two Youth Protection Plan (YPP) screened Lead Coaches/Mentors are still required; however, now Lead Coaches/Mentors and administrators can create teams, submit payment, and order products while screening process is completed.

New to FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)? Follow this link to learn more.

New to FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)? Follow this link: to learn more.

Looking for FLL or FLL Jr. in Virginia? Go to