There is now an FTC Teams in Virginia Google Group where teams can share information directly with each other about outreach events, items they have / need, looking to pool resources or any such activity. Please note: this is not an official channel nor an appropriate format to bring items to our attention for review or action. Please continue to contact VirginiaFIRST / FIRST Chesapeake directly for these requests. To join the Google Group, go to

Questions? Contact the moderator- Saji Sukumaran, coach of Absolute Zero FTC 12096 and Board Member - Robotics For Youth;


The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth’s summer programs provide three-week courses to academically talented high school and middle school students. They are looking for teachers for their locations in Northern and Southern California, Maryland, and Rhode Island. Room and board are provided on campus for staff at all of these sites. Positions are for 3 or 6 weeks.

Details of their available instructor positions are below. Applications can be made online at

Summer Robotics Instructors
3 or 6 Week Positions

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is currently seeking instructors for our summer programs.

What is CTY?
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY), a world leader in gifted education, offers summer academic programs at colleges and universities around the world. CTY gives highly qualified students the opportunity to engage in an intense immersion in a particular subject. In addition to rigorous academics, students enjoy a fun experience outside the classroom through recreational activities.

Why teach for CTY?
work with highly motivated and talented students in an environment that is focused on learning rather than grades
be a part of an intellectual community
work alongside dedicated educators and administrators
develop professionally and share strategies in a supportive, collegial environment
small class size (14 students), plus an instructor and TA for each class, ensures a low student-teacher ratio

We are currently seeking instructors for the following math and computer science courses:
• Foundations of Programming

• Fundamentals of Computer Science

• Introduction to Robotics

Full course descriptions and a list of courses at all site locations can be found at:

Dates of Employment:
· Session 1: June 22 – July 15, 2017

· Session 2: July 15 – August 5, 2017

Terms of Employment:
Starting salary is $2,400 to $3,000 for a single three-week session
Room and board provided

Desired Qualifications
Advanced coursework in mathematics, computer science, or robotics
Independent teaching experience
Experience with children or adolescents

More information:
· Instructor position:

· Full course descriptions:

National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is a national trade organization whose member companies work in fluid power (hydraulics and pneumatics). New this year, NFPA is offering a $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 per year for 4 years) to high school seniors who have participated on a 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition Team and used pneumatics in their robot.

This scholarship may be utilized for an Engineering course of study at any United States tech school/college or university that holds accredited status.Three (3) finalists will be chosen from essay entries. Phone interview with the finalists will determine the ultimate scholarship winner.

Hurry! Applications are due May 1st!!

The site selection process has begun for the VirginiaFIRST FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) 2017-18 season. To suggest your site or another that would meet the requirements please fill out this form:


Why should you be a VirginiaFIRST FTC Season Host Team?

These are some advantages seen by "Host Teams" during the 2016-17 season:

  • No travel expenses for this event
  • Fundraising opportunity- concessions/team lunches
  • Showcase your team to the public and area businesses
  • Involves school administration
  • Involves other school organizations
  • Team building activity


Why should you be a 2018 FIRST Chesapeake District season FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Host Team?

These are some advantages seen by "Host Teams" during the 2017 season:

  • No travel expenses for this event
  • Fundraising opportunity- concessions/team lunches earn $5,000 or more
  • Showcase your team to the public and area businesses
  • Involves school administration
  • Involves other school organizations
  • Team building activity 

The site selection process has begun for FIRST Chesapeake FRC 2018. You should consider hosting!

To suggest your site or another that would meet the requirements please fill out this form:

Here is a current list of the VirginiaFIRST FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams going to Worlds. Congratulations and good luck!  (click here for the FIRST Chesapeake FRC teams going to Worlds)

  • 7117 The Blockheads (Burke, VA)
  • 4924 Tuxedo Pandas (Christiansburg, VA)
  • 5414 TRI Robotics (Cedar Bluff, VA)
  • 8297 Geared UP! (Ashburn, VA)
  • 519 ED Too (Herndon, VA)
  • 8498 Evil Purple Sox (Lebanon, VA)
  • 33 Enigma (Woodbridge, VA)

The AmeriCorps 2017-18 VISTA position in DC is now open for applicants.

The preference is for someone with FRC/FIRST experience and who lives in DC or has easy access by Metro. Technical skills are a plus (programming, CAD, mechanical, electrical)! The commitment is for one year beginning in August 2017. Our new VISTA will be based at the FBR Branch of the Boys and Girls Club in Washington, DC and will focus on team sustainability (FRC) and growing/supporting FIRST programs and STEM initiatives at the Boys and Girls Club and in District of Columbia schools and communities.

Here is a list of the FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams going to Worlds. Congratulations and good luck! (click here for the VirginiaFIRST FTC teams going to Worlds)

  • 1629 Garrett County Public Schools/Pillar Innovations/Beitzel Corporation/Wilson Supply & Northern Garrett High School & Southern Garrett High School (Accident, MD USA)

  • 2534 AXA Advisors LLC & Boys Latin School of Maryland (Baltimore, MD USA)

  • 2537 The National Security Agency/Leidos/Booz Allen Hamilton/The PTR Group/Synergist Computing/Maryland Space Business Roundtable/DoDSTEM/W.R.Grace/Bright Minds/Tenetics/FEI Systems/Hackground/Tiresias Technologies/Howard County Public School System & Atholton High (Columbia, MD USA)

  • 1111 NASA/Dover Networks LLC/Leidos/Selby Bay Marina/Koons Ford of Annapolis/Inovex Information Systems/Hughes Remodeling LLC/Koons Toyota of Annapolis/Earth Observation Technologies LLC/Microsoft/Daly Computers/Family Veterinary Clinic/Anne Arundel County Public Schools/The Power Hawks Robotics Club, Inc./NorthPoint Sign and Graphic Services/Bayside Nissan of Annapolis/Commodore Mayo Kiwanis Club/Uni-Tech Collision Repair/Google/BIT Solutions/Pro-Air, Inc./McCarter Welding/Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc./Mike & Pat Meinhold/Michelle & Robert Phibbons/Brumby Contracting Inc./Arundel Self Storage Annapolis & South River High (Edgewater, MD USA)

  • 3793 Bechtel / Lockheed-Martin & Tuscarora High (Frederick, MD USA)

  • 4464 SSVT/DODEA/MSBR/ABBOT/Beltway Plaza Mall/NVIDIA/SLAS/ARGOSY & Home School (Greenbelt, MD USA)

  • 836 BAE Systems/The Patuxent Partnership/Susan Stachelczyk - Century 21/Best Buy/Northrop Gruman/Naval Air Systems Command/DOD STEM/growingSTEMS/Rotary International of St. Mary's County/Boothe's Heating and Air Conditioning/Rollout Systems/SMECO/Air Tech/Precise Systems/Smartronix/Mil Corp/Sheetz & Family/Community (Hollywood, MD USA)

  • 2377 NASA/NASA-GSFC/DeWALT/AACPS Advanced Studies & Programs/Leidos/Product Support Inc/Red Alpha LLC/Residential Dumpster Service/Alliance Technology Group/TCOM LP/Fifer's Seafood/Stevens Battery Warehouse/St. John Properties/Calvert Veterinary Center/Pasadena Signs/UPS/Eleven Peppers/Maryland Science Center/Baltimore Museum of Industry/Pasadena Jeepers/TowBoatUS/Atlantic Canvas & Chesapeake High (Pasadena, MD USA)

  • 449 DoD STEM/Intelligent Automation Inc./Lassiter and Associates/Emergent Biosolutions/Maryland Space Business Roundtable/Privatin Consulting/Turning Point Global Solutions/Basecamp/CipherTech Solutions/Digital Ocean/Convene/1Password/Coca Cola & Montgomery Blair High (Silver Spring, MD USA)

  • 5279 Mid-Atlantic Broadband / New London Technology & Altavista High (Altavista, VA USA)

  • 2421 NASA/Rappaport Management Company/Federal Acquisitions Strategies, LLC/The Boeing Company/BAE Systems, Inc./Soft Tech Consulting, Inc./Air Force Officers' Spouses Club & Family/Community (Burke, VA USA)

  • 5243 Zoom Consulting/Leidos/Booz Allen/Adaptive Methods/CSC/TapHere! Technology/General Dynamics/Stellar Solutions/NAVSEA/NDEP/Rev3 Adventure & Centreville High (Centreville, VA USA)

  • 346 Rotary Club of Chester / GE / DuPont / EPI & Lloyd C Bird High (Chesterfield, VA USA)

  • 401 Virginia Tech School of Education & Blacksburg High & Auburn High & Eastern Montgomery High & Christiansburg High (Christiansburg, VA USA)

  • 1598 Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation/Noblis Center for Applied High Performance Computing/Tractor Supply Co/Danville Public Schools Gifted Resources/Virginia International Raceway/Jarrett Welding & George Washington High (Danville, VA USA)

  • 1418 City of Falls Church Public Schools / Booz Allen Hamilton / Clark Construction Group, LLC / Markon Solutions / The Borja Family / Mr. Stan Fendley / AT &T / AFCEA NOVA / VirginiaFIRST / Mission Analytics, LLC / Falls Church Education Foundation / AV3, Incorporated / The Rondon Family / SAIC / Janice C. Nette, Quilter Extraordinaire / Financial Management Institute / Steve Miller and Anne Polivka / Kieran and Barbara Sharpe & George Mason High (Falls Church, VA USA)

  • 1086 Powertrain Control Solutions/Midas of Richmond/Watson Machine Corp/Showbest Fixture Corporation & Deep Run High (Glen Allen, VA USA)

  • 3274 Rocktown Robotics/James Madison University/HHS Governor's STEM Academy/Dynamic Aviation & Neighborhood Group (Harrisonburg, VA USA)

  • 1885 US STEM Foundation/Lockheed Martin/Macedon Technologies/DataSync Technologies/ASCO/Prince William County Schools/A-1 Flood Tech & Battlefield High (Haymarket, VA USA)

  • 1080 KRIMAR Fishing LLC/Flexicell/The Lathrop Family/Solidworks & 4-H Youth Development Organization (Henrico, VA USA)

  • 2068 FIRST Robotics /Progeny Systems Corporation/Lockheed Martin/Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc./BAE Systems/SPARK - Prince William County Public School's Education Foundation/Prince William County Public Schools/Micron Technology/Osbourn Park High School/Stellar Solutions Foundation/Marine Corps Systems Command & Osbourn Park High (Manassas, VA USA)

  • 1731 TE Connectivity Foundation/The Gale Foundation/Leidos/The King Family/Technology Management Associates/Mathnasium/Raytheon/Harris Corporation & Fresta Valley Christian School (Marshall, VA USA)

  • 1262 Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation/Applied Felts, Inc./New College Institute/Dalton Enterprises/American Electric Power/Hooker Furniture Corporation/Eastman Chemical Company/Capps Home Building Center/Patrick Henry Community College & Piedmont Governor School (Martinsville, VA USA)

  • 6334 Luck Stone/J&A Innovations, LLC/KSA Interiors, LLC/Meridian & Institute for Science Technology Engineering & Math (Midlothian, VA USA)

  • 2363 NASA/Intentional Innovation Foundation/PTC/SAIC/Q-Free Open Roads/YakAttack/DoD STEM/SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic/The Boeing Company/Booz Allen Hamilton/US Army Research Laboratory & Intentional Innovation Foundation & Menchville High (Newport News, VA USA)

  • 3359 Portsmouth Public Schools & Woodrow Wilson High & Churchland High (Portsmouth, VA USA)

  • 384 Flexicell / GE Volunteers / ShowBest Fixture Corp. / Hermitage Automation / SkyFoundry LLC / Whiteboard Geeks / Slurry Pavers / Henrico Co. Education Foundation / Solidworks & Tucker High (Richmond, VA USA)

  • 4242 Lockheed Martin/Bezos Family Foundation/Capital One/SAE Washington DC & Living Classrooms NCR (Washington, DC USA)

  • 4456 New Health Sciences Inc./Comcast / NBC Universal & St Johns College High School (Washington, DC USA)

  • 3941 DoDSTEM/Raytheon/TiePoint-bkm Engineering/SURVICE Engineering/ Boeing/ Enktesis/ American Scale & Equipment/O'Bryon Group/STEMAction & TechBrick Robotics (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD USA )