We are happy to let you know the 2018-19 FIRST Chesapeake FTC event photos are up on our Flickr page! (Not all events had volunteer photographers, so some qualifiers are not represented)

Check them out! https://www.flickr.com/photos/firstchesapeake/albums

There are now TWO separate livestream links- one for each division- on Youtube!

If you are watching on a computer, you can switch between divisions on one screen, but this is not possible on a phone.

Kamen Division

Flowers Division

If you are planning on submitting nominations for the Dean's List for FRC, the deadline for submissions is February 14 at 3:00 pm EST.
 
After careful review of the criteria for the Dean’s List Award, each FIRST Robotics Competition team is invited to nominate up to two student members as Semi-finalists who are 10th or 11th grade students. It’s important that teams nominate only those students they believe are truly deserving of this honor. A mentor, who is not related to either of the students chosen as the team’s Dean’s List Semi-finalists, shall complete and submit the application in the Team Registration System to compete for the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist designation at one (1) qualifying event. Students previously selected as FIRST Dean’s List Semi-finalists or Finalists in a prior year are eligible for nomination again this year provided they meet all of the criteria.
 

For further information such as the criteria for nominations and the information required, check out the following link and scroll down to the Dean's List description:

https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/frc/submitted-awards 

or

 https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/frc/deans-list-award-resources

At the Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Rolls-Royce on January 17th, FIRST Chesapeake awarded three young women with educational scholarships sponsored by LMI. 
 
Congratulations to Catherine Kosiba, Leslie Lytle, and Jessica Aujla. 
 
Bettina Welsh, CFO of LMI, stated, "Our principles align with those of FIRST Chesapeake, where every person is welcome, respected, and valued. We believe that by providing opportunities for FIRST participants to continue their education and support their aspirations, we are helping to build tomorrow's technology leaders who will one day help us solve the government's toughest problems."
Showbest Fixture Corporation has generously funded grants for 13 FRC teams in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia for the 2018-2019 competition season.
 
We are happy to announce the following winners:
  • Team 1080 - Resurgence Robotics
  • Team 1629 - Garrett Coalition (GaCo)
  • Team 1727 - Rex
  • Team 2106 - Junkyard Dogs
  • Team 2377 - C Company
  • Team 2998 - The Vikingbots
  • Team 401 - Copperhead Robotics
  • Team 4472 - SuperNOVA
  • Team 5243 - Aegis Robotics
  • Team 5279 - Bionic Eagles
  • Team 5954 - Portable Chargers
  • Team 612 - Chantilly Robotics
  • Team 7770 - Infinite Voltage
FIRST Chesapeake would like to thank Showbest Fixtures for their considerable contributions of talent and resources over the years. We are grateful for their support and thank them for partnering with us to encourage youth to become science & technology leaders.
Maryland Teams, Volunteers, and Friends, 
 
There is a Bill in the Maryland Legislature that will expand the eligibility requirements for the Robotics Grants Program to include nonprofits. Bill HB132 could potentially allow nonprofits, such as FIRST Chesapeake, to receive funding to support the creation of new robotics teams or assist existing teams. 
 
If you agree with this proposal, please contact your representative and let them know that you support HB132. If you need help locating your State Senators or Delegates to express your opinion, click on this link for more information. 
 
We realize it's a busy time of year. Any help you can offer would be much appreciated.
 
FIRST Chesapeake
 

Once again, funding to FRC teams in Hampton Roads has been made available through a generous contribution by Newport News Shipbuilding. The following teams received awards to help defray travel and lodging costs for the 2019 FRC Season:
 
  • Team 1793 - Aviators
  • Team 1610 - Blackwater 
  • Team 2028 - Phoebus
  • Team 5957 - Cybercanes 
 
Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. With approximately $4 billion in revenues and more than 20,000 employees, they are the largest industrial employer in Virginia and the largest shipbuilding company in the United States. Newport News Shipbuilding is also home to the Apprentice School, where they are committed to developing core leadership principles in all apprenticeship students along with the character and technical competence.
 
 
 
 

Lockheed Martin, a FIRST Chesapeake sponsor, has launched a new scholarship program to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world!

Beginning in 2019, they are awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year, and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.

The scholarship program doesn’t end with a check. Mentoring opportunities will be a key component of the program, and recipients will also be eligible for Lockheed Martin internship opportunities following their freshman year in college.

Application closes March 12, 2019.

For eligibility requirements, application link, and faqs, click here