The awards for the FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Tech Challenge Championship events February 27-28, 2021 are posted online here and here for your convenience. (information is the same on both pages)

There are tabs for both the event awards as well as Dean's List finalists/Compass and Promote awards.

All events on the website have been updated to include the awards from each event on the "Team/Event Details" page.

From firstinspires


Dear FIRST® Community,

This season, we have explored new and exciting ways to deliver our programs with your safety and wellbeing as our top priority while ensuring all students can participate in meaningful ways. What has remained constant is our mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators. We are grateful to our entire community for their flexibility and patience as new information becomes available and we adapt to changing conditions.

Previously, we announced an extension of the FIRST® GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change season to provide additional time and flexibility for build seasons and local and remote events. As part of that extension, we hoped to move our season-culminating 2021 FIRST Championship events from April to a July/August timeframe.

These past few months, we have continued to evaluate the scale and viability of hosting 2021 FIRST  Championship events that meet health, safety, and international travel guidelines. Due to conditions created by the ongoing pandemic, we are unable to host the events as planned and have made the decision to cancel the 2021 FIRST Championship events in Houston and Detroit. We share in your deep disappointment that we will not be gathering as a global community in person this season. However, the safety of our community is our overarching priority.

Fortunately, the FIRST GAME CHANGERS season continues. Around the world, many teams are still working diligently on their robots and projects as they prepare for judged FIRST activities. Additionally, we are still planning remote global celebrations to recognize the amazing accomplishments of FIRST teams this season, such as showcasing our teams’ innovative, real-world solutions on June 28-30, 2021, at the 2021 FIRST Global Innovation Awards powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. Stay tuned for details about additional season-culminating celebrations.

For more information on the 2021 FIRST Championship events cancellation, read our FAQ.

We thank all the guests who appeared in our "Today's Women in STEM" Series Sponsored by Leidos this season. 

We thank Leidos for helping to provide insights into career opportunities for our team members and recent alumni and for providing role models and inspiration for young women in STEM.

Click here to visit our Chats page archive and to watch all the "Today's Women in STEM" broadcasts.



We are enthused to bring you an installment of the "Women in STEM Spotlight Series Sponsored by Leidos." This series highlights women involved in the FIRST community in DC, Maryland and Virginia who are an inspiration for our program's young women and girls.

Name: Arlene Lantz

Place of Employment: Garrett County Board of


Job Title: K-8 Math and Technology Teacher

What is your specific job in STEM? How would you describe this job to young women and girls?

My STEM job is teaching math to all students (K-8) in our small rural community school. I have the pleasure of teaching the students all nine years of their K-8 schooling. It is very challenging to prepare for and teach 9 levels of math daily. However, it is very rewarding to be able to work very closely with the students to help them excel in all possible ways. Teaching STEM is a job of commitment, but it is also a job of passion and personal rewards when you see the future impacts you have made on students' lives! We need caring and concerned STEM teachers so I encourage you to consider a teaching career in STEM!


Who inspired you to choose a career in a STEM field? 

I had several middle school teachers who really challenged me to work harder, try new challenges, and to always do my best. I still stay in touch with several of my teachers! I started teaching math when I was a sophomore in high school. The boys sitting around me in Algebra class struggled to understand the Algebra teacher’s lesson. I would "reteach" it to the boys in a way they could get it. Numerous times the boys commented, "Why can't the teacher explain it like you do? I understand what you are saying." They appreciated the help, and it was rewarding to know that I could help my friends pass Algebra class! I have always enjoyed math, logical thinking, problem solving, and helping others. Great teachers can impact thousands of lives over their teaching careers!


What is the coolest thing about your job? 

After 30 years of teaching, I still love teaching math to my students. I love the challenge to reteach the math concept to a struggling student then when they get it and you see that lightbulb light up, it is very rewarding. I work hard to build my students’ confidence in math and to show them math can be fun! My teaching career has given me wonderful co-workers and friends who share the same values. My career in STEM has been to not only teach students academic skills but also to inspire them and help them discover and develop life skills. A teaching career gives you flexibility to develop and pursue your interests. I have had the opportunity to teach 3-4 weeks of summer technology camps to students. Teaching has given me opportunities to coach FIRST FLL, Jr., FLL, and FTC teams the past 16 years. If you love to learn and to inspire others, teaching is an awesome career, because I learn something new everyday!


What advice (big or little) would you give to a young woman or girl who might be interested in pursuing a career in STEM?  

I would encourage all young women who have a passion for STEM to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams! FIRST teams are a great opportunity to get involved with to develop STEM interests. Take advantage of local STEM teams and events to discover your talents and interest in STEM careers. I would also encourage young women to look for and apply for Women in STEM scholarships to help support her college expenses and look for colleges that have opportunities for women in STEM. Don’t dwell on which STEM field to pursue, start with an interest in college and keep your doors open and try a variety of classes to challenge you and explore your interests in college. Look for internships in a variety of companies to gain experience and to find your true passion. If you love your job, you will never have to work a day in your life!


What is the coolest thing that has happened while being involved (volunteering or mentoring) with FIRST?  

The coolest thing I have seen working with youth in FIRST programs is seeing youth develop successful life skills that they cannot learn from a textbook. I have seen shy, quiet students grow into confident public speakers through outreach events and team judging sessions. I have seen youth set team goals and work hard with the team to accomplish those goals. I have seen students develop leadership skills within their teams and with stepping up to mentor younger FIRST teams. Seeing these students pay forward the opportunities they have been given keeps me returning to volunteer and inspire others. I have also had the opportunity to meet some very amazing and inspiring people through my FIRST travels and event volunteering.


Dear FIRST Chesapeake FRC Team Members and Volunteers,
Every year we look forward to the FIRST Robotics Competition season. We realize that it’s not just a time to compete. It’s also a chance for old friends to reconnect, for teams to share ideas and practice coopertition and gracious professionalism, and most of all, it’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of thousands of outstanding high school students from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. While this season has been challenging, it has been our most sincere wish to bring unofficial remote/in-person FRC events to our teams this spring, in addition to the official remote challenges offered by FIRST this season. Unfortunately, due to continued concerns at FIRST Headquarters, they will not be approving any unofficial FRC events in North America held prior to June. Because of this, we will not be able to move forward with our proposed plans for our unofficial hybrid events this month.  If you have any questions about FRC and FIRST for this season, please email .
We realize that this will come as a disappointment to some of our teams, and especially the seniors who have been unable to compete in-person for the past two seasons. Please understand that the FIRST Chesapeake staff and volunteers put in countless hours to try to develop the best and safest events possible, but this time it was not meant to be. We hope that you will take advantage of the remote challenges that FIRST has developed and that you will continue to participate in our interactive FIRST Chesapeake Chats Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding and our on-line Town Halls.
We are so grateful for the ongoing support of our teams, our volunteers, and our sponsors over the past year. Though we will not be able to host events as we had hoped, we will continue to move forward with planning engaging and exciting FRC events for the 2022 season while supporting the mission and vision of FIRST.  
Stay safe and healthy, my friends,
Leighann Scott Boland
President, VirginiaFIRST/FIRST Chesapeake

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