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!

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/

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 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

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:  https://virginiafirst.formstack.com/forms/ftc_sitesurvey_a

 

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

 

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!!

https://nfpa.submittable.com/submit/53785/2017-nfpa-robotics-challenge-first-scholarship

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:
https://virginiafirst.formstack.com/forms/sitesurvey_a