FIRST Tech Challenge teams: the FTC Fairlawn 1 Qualifier and Remote 1 Qualifier event schedules are posted. Please remember to consult the Events pages often for any competition information, updates, or changes. 


Description: The position will actively recruit, cultivate, and train volunteers for all FIRST Chesapeake programs. This position will also work closely with the Director of Programs and local volunteer committees to plan and execute FIRST Chesapeake FTC and FRC competitions. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement will strive to provide excellent and gracious customer service to all FIRST staff, volunteers, teams, sponsors and the general public.

This is a contracted 1099 position through June 30th, 2022, with the opportunity to extend the contract with additional responsibilities for 12 months beginning July 1st, 2022. Weekend and evening work is required during the competition season (January-April). Estimated time to fulfill the duties of this position are between 30 and 35 hours per week. Generous vacation package including very limited summer hours beginning June 1st, 2022. Compensation: $35,000-$50,000 annual compensation based upon experience.   

For more information and details regarding how to apply click here.


We are pleased to recognize this year's finalists for the annual Women in STEM Scholarships Sponsored by Dominion Energy. There were almost 50 very competitive applications, showcasing some of the best and brightest young women currently registered with a FIRST team in the FIRST Chesapeake District (FTC or FRC in DC, Maryland, and Virginia).
Scholarship finalists include:
Tess Eluvathingal Muttikkal - FTC Team 15360 
Kathy Ho - FRC Team 2537
Sara Huelskamp - FTC Team 2818
Meghan MacFarland - FTC Team 17037
Suzu Paudel - FTC Team 10562
Akshita Ramesh - FRC Team 1885
Keira Schoolcraft - FRC Team 2068
Shivani Vedhere - FTC Team 7953
We thank our esteemed Scholarship Selection Committee for their time, expertise, and graciousness. They were quite impressed with the candidates, stating, "our future is in good hands."
Scholarship Selection Committee:
Doug Lawrence - Site Vice President - Surry Power Station, Dominion Energy
Lyn McDermid - former CIO of Dominion Resources and the Richmond Federal Reserve, and the 2021 Reaching for the Stars: Outstanding Women in STEM Award Recipient
Cristie Neller - Vice President Administrative Services, BHE GT&S
Four scholarships will be presented at the annual Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Leidos on May 3, 2022*, 9:00-10:00am, in Reston, Virginia.
This event promotes the FIRST Chesapeake community's commitment to equal representation of Women in STEM careers. We hope you will join us for this interactive event and add your voice to this engaging and inspirational celebration of some outstanding women in STEM.
Questions? Contact Leighann Boland at .
*This is a change (1/07/2022)
Do you have some free time and are interested in sharing your FIRST experience with middle school students? If so, then why not join FIRST Chesapeake and NextUp RVA in their sixth year of bringing engaging and rewarding after school robotics programs to young people in Richmond? Because of the dramatic growth in program requests this upcoming semester, we are in need of additional instructors for in-person after school FIRST Tech Challenge and GEARED Up programs. No experience is required.
Here are the details:
  • Classroom hours are 1.5 hours of on-site instruction per session.
  • Additional compensation of 1 hour for every hour of on-site work is included for necessary planning and training. 
  • Sessions will take place in different Richmond City middle schools, Monday-Thursday, tentatively between the hours of 3pm and 5:30pm.
  • Instructors may choose to teach as few as 2 sessions a week or as many as 5. FTC experience is desired by not required. 
  • Contracts are for a minimum of 12 weeks between January and March 27th. Opportunity to extend contracts for an additional 12 weeks and beyond are available.
  • Must be 18 years or older and provide own transportation.
  • Compensation $25/hour.
Interested in learning more? Contact FIRST Chesapeake Executive Director, Leighann Boland, today and help make a difference in Richmond City Public Schools. 

FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to announce the 2022 Reaching for the Stars: Outstanding Women in STEM Award will be presented to Dr. Patricia Mead at the fourth annual Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Leidos on May 3, 2022.*

  Click here to read her bio.


The fourth annual Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Leidos will be live-broadcast from Leidos Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. This year, in-person attendance will be limited, broadcasting live on May 3, 2022* beginning at 9:00AM. For more information about the event or sponsoring women in STEM initiatives, contact Leighann Boland at or 804.514.7712.



*This is a change (1/07/2022)

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