The FIRST Chesapeake and VirginiaFIRST websites have now been combined!  

In order to streamline and simplify the communication process, the www.firstchesapeake.org website now contains information pertaining to FIRST Robotics Competition in District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and FIRST Tech Challenge information for Virginia.  We have worked to combine all aspects of the former websites into this new version.  However, if you want to just see information pertaining to FRC or FTC, there are quick links located at the top right of the webpage that when selected will take you directly to specific program information.  In addition, we are introducing the FIRST Family Blog (located under the News section of the site) that serves as a resource for news and information to teams and the community.  Check it often for updates.  At this time, the firstchesapeake.org website will be accessed even if the virginiafirst.org address is used.

FIRST Chesapeake is excited to announce the hire of Brian Walinski as the new FRC Program Director-West. Brian has an extensive history with FRC and FIRST and has served as the Assistant Coach with Team 1086 in Richmond, Virginia. Brian has a background in engineering and entrepreneurship and it excited to be teaming with our FRC Program Director-East, Denise Lewis, to provide exceptional support to teams as they prepare for FIRST Chesapeake's 2nd District Model Season. Brian starts his new role on September 1st and can be contacted at bwalinski@firstchesapeake.org.

FIRST Chesapeake is also pleased to announce the hire of Jessie "JT" Hughes as a Virginia VISTA, to work primarily in the Richmond, VA public schools. JT is a FRC FIRST Robotics Alumni, and in her experience has also mentored FTC and FLL teams. Having come from a self- formed homeschool team, JT has a passion for establishing programs, and nurturing them toward success. It is her goal to pass on the leadership, team building, and resource networking skills that she learned in her high school FIRST experience to inspire future generations.  JT started on August 8th can be contacted at jhughes@firstinspires.org.

Members of the FIRST Community in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, 

Congratulations to all of our teams, volunteers, sponsors, and staff on a successful 2016 season … our first season operating the District Competition model. Bringing together 3 FIRST regions to form the FIRST Chesapeake District and changing from 3 regional events to 7 district events and a district championship all while continuing to increase the number of teams, participants and volunteers was a tremendous accomplishment.

Dear FIRST Family…

As we prepare for the upcoming FIRST Chesapeake FRC and VirginiaFIRST FTC seasons, we are excited to provide a number of exciting updates.

Staffing Updates