You are invited to an opportunity for teams to be "in the spotlight"! Sign up for slots this Sat the 23rd: http://bit.ly/2Y2J00E
 
FIRST Chesapeake would like to showcase the amazing things our teams have been doing this season. We want to hear how you have been overcoming obstacles, finding ways to connect, and having fun! Open to all FIRST Chesapeake Teams, registered or not.
 
How will this work?
 
We will provide you with a list of questions, from which to select a few to answer during the taped discussion. Commentators will be on the call to ask questions and engage the team in a short video spotlighting your team.
 
Where will we see these videos?
 
Videos will be used on FIRST Chesapeake Chats Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding and during competitions.
 
FIRST TAPING IS THIS SATURDAY, JANUARY 23rd- sign up now to get your preferred time http://bit.ly/2Y2J00E

Hi Teams,


We want to follow up with some questions that were asked at the January 19th Town Hall meeting and need some extra clarification.
 
1) FTC drivers meeting will be held every Thursday at 7pm via a Chesapeake Chat. At the first meeting on 1/21 we will update teams on match play as well as how to use the remote scoring system. FIRST Chesapeake Chats Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding are broadcast on  https://www.twitch.tv/firstchesapeake/ .
 
2) We had stated that all matches would start with 4 rings. After your feedback the head refs decided to revert back to the manual for match play. This includes both hybrid and remote match play. Tune into the Chat tomorrow evening at 7pm to hear more and ask your questions. Thanks for your feedback.
 
3) FTC Remote Play event 1 & 2 both include remote judging and awards. The events run Monday through Sunday. Anytime during that week, teams complete and score 6 matches using https://ftc-scoring.firstinspires.org/  Teams will be judged on Saturday morning between 8-12. The team judging schedule will be made available online prior to the event at https://events.firstchesapeake.org/
 
4) Deans List and Awards. All FTC or FRC registered teams can compete for Dean's list and awards even if they don't do any robot play. The deadlines are different between programs.
  • For FTC, nominations have to be made on the 15th of the month prior to competitions. So for a Feb event, nominations needed to be made by Jan 15th.
  • For FRC all Dean's List nominations are due by 2/28/21.
 
The link to watch the Town Hall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-AUYeNq4sw 
 
The link to the Town Hall slides: https://bit.ly/3sE69V4

Funding for a limited number of FIRST Robotics Competition teams in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia has been made possible through the generous personal donations of the FIRST Chesapeake board. Grants may be used to help defray the costs of materials, local competitions, outreach, and/or travel. Teams who are especially focused upon promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within their communities are encouraged to apply. Funding levels will not exceed $1,200 and must be for expenses associated with the 2020-2021 FRC season. Teams who are eligible to apply for the Newport News Shipbuilding Grant, are also eligible to apply for this grant if their total demonstrated need is greater than $2,000. Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee and awarded based upon need. 

Applications must be received by 5pm, February 12th, 2021. Approved grant recipients will be notified by February 17th, 2021.

Nominate a deserving mentor for the Second Annual FIRST Chesapeake Jim and Laraine Schubert Unsung Hero: Mentor of Year Award. This award recognizes a mentor who has gone above and beyond to support the FIRST Chesapeake mission and the 5 Strategic Pillars of FIRST. A mentor can be a rookie or a veteran. They can be nominated by a volunteer, team member, or other coach/mentor. Nominated mentors must be associated with an FTC or FRC team in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia during the 2020-2021 competition season.

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on March 19th, 2021. The winners will be announced as part of the the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding awards in the Spring. 

The award includes recognition by the FIRST Chesapeake community, as well as an unrestricted gift of $250 to the mentored team, and a gift of appreciation awarded to the mentor.  Nominations for mentors who support under-resourced or majority-minority teams are especially encouraged.

Funding for a limited number of FRC teams in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia will be available through a generous grant by Newport News Shipbuilding. The grant places a special emphasis on FRC teams that may need assistance to sustain their team and programs for the 2020-2021 FRC season. Funding levels will not exceed $2,000. Because of the exceptional hardships faced by teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic, funds may be used to help defray any cost associated with FRC-related expenses for the 2020-2021 season.

To receive funding, teams must be located in the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Surry, and York or the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg and be associated with a School, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, 4-H, home-school with associated organization, or a non-profit / organization. Grants will be selected by a committee based upon need.

Applications for FRC teams requesting grant funding must submit their application by February 12th, 2021. Approved grant recipients will be notified by February 17th, 2021.  

 

FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to offer three free professional development workshops for current and potential mentors and volunteers in partnership with MENTOR Virginia.
 
These workshops are made possible through the Alumni Ambassador Program Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton.
 
These on-line, interactive, professional development workshops will be available in January and February 2021, and are free and open to all current and potential FIRST Chesapeake mentors and volunteers. (Due to demand, the January 23rd Workshop will be repeated on February 9th. Please only register for one of these days.)
 
Use the links below to register for the workshops. (Space is limited, so register early.)
 

FIRST Chesapeake will provide information regarding the remote scrimmages and remote judging for teams at the January 19th Town Hall on Twitch. Teams will also be notified by email as soon as dates and sign up details are finalized.

 

 

You are invited to attend a virtual Town Hall Tuesday, January 19th, at 6:00pm on Twitch-  https://twitch.tv/firstchesapeake.
 
We will give updates on the FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition
2020-21 seasons and answer your questions.
 
If you have questions that you would like to see addressed during the Town Hall, please submit them here. We will answer as many questions as time permits.
 
A recording of the town hall will be available later on YouTube for those unable to attend.

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