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:

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. 

  • *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 http://firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com/2017/04/first-tech-challenge-tech-talk-rev.html
  • *STAY TUNED*- we hope to tell you soon about lots of great things we have planned for the 2017-18 FTC season!

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 https://groups.google.com/d/forum/vaftc.

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


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 linkhttps://www.firstchesapeake.org/first-programs/ftc to learn more.

New to FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)? Follow this link: https://www.firstchesapeake.org/first-programs/frc to learn more.

Looking for FLL or FLL Jr. in Virginia? Go to https://va-dcfll.org/

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 http://cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/apply.

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: http://cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/courses/math_computer_science.html

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: http://cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/positions/residential/instructor.html

· Full course descriptions: http://cty.jhu.edu/jobs/summer/courses/math_computer_science.html