Funding for a limited number of FIRST Tech Competition teams in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia will again be available through a generous grant from Newport News Shipbuilding Huntington Ingalls Industries.


Due by 5pm, September 30th, 2019.


Due to limited response, this Thursday's Town Hall Meeting in Newport News at Christopher Newport University has been canceled. Thank you to Nate Laverdure and the folks at CNU for all of their efforts. 
NOTE: There were a few questions submitted on line by coaches and mentors. These will be addressed at the next Town Hall. A link to view the Town Hall live or watch it from our archives will be available on our website calendar event listing closer to the meeting date.

Link to the Richmond Town Hall Meeting video - meeting held on August 28, 2019.

Links to all Town Hall materials will be housed in this file.

The Richmond Meeting had over 50 participants attending in person and watching online.

Thank you again to Collegiate School and FRC 5804 TORCH for hosting this event, as well as providing Greg Sesny our facilitator. 


 If you plan on attending your local Town Hall, please complete the survey here. Please do not complete the survey or submit topics for Town Halls that you will not be attending in person. 

Here is information about this week's Richmond Town Hall Meeting
  • Date: Wednesday August 28th, 6pm-8pm
Thank you to Collegiate School for providing our meeting space 
and the evening's facilitator, Gregory Sensy. 

FRC Team 449 is starting a new Chesapeake outreach event called "Bunnybots".

Modeled after FRC Team 1540's popular event of the same name, Bunnybots consists of a separate, three-and-a-half month long "build season" in the fall. Bunnybots is an excellent opportunity for your team's new members to gain the skills needed to build an FRC-style robot and to show off their work and have some fun with an offseason event designed just for them.

The Chesapeake Bunnybots challenge will be released on our website on September 1st, the registration deadline is October 1st, and the competition will be held on December 14th.

Visit for more details and to register. 

FIRST Chesapeake has an urgent and unexpected opening for a FIRST Senior Mentor (FSM) in Virginia. 
This position will ideally be filled from outside the Northern Virginia, DC and MD areas, as we have Senior Mentors currently working in those areas. This role is ideal for a FIRST alumni, key volunteer, or a mentor who is interested in becoming involved with FIRST on a higher level. Expectations are to average of 10-15 hours a week and compensation is a modest honorarium and some travel reimbursement. Duties will include assisting with team support and program growth, attending competitions and outreach activities as needed, participating in regularly scheduled calls, and completing monthly reporting.  More information on the FSM program can be found at 
If you think you might be interested in this role, please reach out to Kristin Clemons at 804-239-2228 or  by NOON FRIDAY AUGUST 2ND
Updated Resources
We’ve started to publish revised resources for our SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm season! You can find our updated Wiring Guide on our Building Resources page; our Blocks Tutorial Guide is available on our Programming Resources page; the Robot Inspector Manual, Field Inspector Manual, and Legal and Illegal Parts List is updated on our Volunteer Resources page. The Game Manual Part 1 is now available on our Game and Season page. Keep an eye on our webpages as we continue to upload fresh resources for our SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm season!
Rookie Grants
We have FIRST® Tech Challenge rookie grants available for brand new, needs-based FIRST Tech Challenge teams. Make sure to tell new potential teams at your outreach events that we have grants available! These grants were generously funded by DEKA and Qualcomm. 

FIRST Chesapeake is now hiring. Twelve month and seasonal positions are available.

Please check our Careers Page for more information.