Here is the link to photos from the FIRST Championship Detroit which took place April 24-27, 2019- thank you to our team of photographers led by Todd Ferrante! 

Maryland Robotics Association will be holding their 2nd Annual Mentor Seminars on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at USRA, 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD 21046, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The event is intended primarily for FIRST Robotics Competition mentors from Maryland teams, but registration will be open to all comers.

  • Join mentors from across the Chesapeake District - meet new and old friends, share some of the excitement of our competition season and Worlds, learn more about FRC, share your experience an insights and help strengthen the network and resources for our teams.
  • Start with .... Continental Breakfast catered by la Madeleine French Bakery & Café; meet and greet your fellow mentors and event staff. Move to ....
  • Panel Discussion: "Lessons Learned" or "What I Wish I Had Known" followed by ....
  • Small Group Discussions: 25-minute small group discussions (limited to 10), that will be repeated 3 times for different groups. There will be a variety of topics and you can join three. The list includes:
    • Alumni engagement
    • FMS/Control System
    • Fundraising 
    • Team Culture 
    • New Mentors Roundtable 
    • Student / Mentor Balance 
    • The new build season (no Stop Build Day)
    • Robot inspection
    • Scouting & strategy
    • Improve Collaboration among the Maryland Mentor Community
    • Team Branding
  • Note: immediately following the seminars, the MRA will have a BoB Battle-O-Baltimore (off season) planning meeting at nearby Houlihan’s Restaurant []. You’re welcome to attend and participate, listen, or just hang out with your peers.  Food and drinks are a personal option.



The photos taken at the FIRST Chesapeake Championship Event at GMU this past weekend can be found here: . You may download them for free!

We appreciate the hard work of our lead photographer Mark Lucas and his student photographers Shivan and Katelyn this past weekend. THANK YOU!!

We are grateful for all the volunteer photographers this year- you did a wonderful job. More event photos from the FRC season local events will be posted in the near future.


Congratulations to all of the FIRST Chesapeake Dean’s List Award Semi-finalists who are advancing to the District Championship and who will compete to become a Dean's List Finalist from the Chesapeake District.  These Semi-finalists will be interviewed a second time at the Championship on Friday, April 12, with the Finalists being announced during Saturday's Awards Ceremony.  Good Luck to everyone!

Mariah Bolden 1629
Desmond McAllister 3941
Jocef Dorsey 6239
Nathan Segura 5830
Demond Morris 2106
Austin Payne 2106
Trevor Larsen 6334
Kate Driebe 422
Rosie FIsher 5587
Viruni Lewwandoowa 5115
Ishaan Thakur 1086

The FIRST Chesapeake District Oxon Hill Event photos can be viewed at

We will have other event photos posted as soon as we can. Thank you.





Saturday, April 6, 2019
Scrimmage 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Roanoke South County Library
6303 Merriman Rd · Roanoke, VA

The tenth annual National Robotics Week event will be even more awesomer than the previous ones! We are having the FTC scrimmage in the auditorium and at least one FTC judge will be available for practice judging sessions. 
Free to public. Call 540-268-0006 to RSVP.

Dear Teams,

We are not perfect.  FIRST Chesapeake, our volunteers, the venues, and the games are not without flaws.  We all know that, and we are working to ensure the best event experience for every team, spectator, and volunteer at our events.  While there were on-field issues at some of the District events this season, know that we are working with FIRST HQ and our Key Volunteers to ensure the best possible event experience for the remainder of 2019. Immediate steps that will be in place at Blacksburg and George Mason University will include the review of the adjudication process with all field personnel and live broadcast of the Drivers' Meeting.  We have also provided the game manual's guidance to teams regarding question box protocol here

We count on the FIRST Chesapeake teams, volunteers, and staff to demonstrate their Gracious Professionalism as they continue to compete this year and encourage constructive feedback to help us continue to improve the FRC experience for all participants. If you need clarification about what occurred on the field at a past match, please utilize the team Q&A at . 

If you have any questions or concerns about FIRST Chesapeake or the events in general,  I am just a cell phone call away at 804.514.7712.

I look forward to seeing you at the events and wish you the best of luck. Go 'bots!


Leighann Scott Boland

Executive Director

FIRST Chesapeake