We are sad to report that Randolph “Randy” W. BrinkleyFIRST Robotics Competition mentor and STEM instructor for Salem High School (VA), passed away Saturday, November 13th. 
Randy served in the National Guard before earning multiple teaching degrees and becoming an educator. 
He formed the first FIRST Robotics Competition team in Botetourt County (VA), and it still exists today. This team, along with his Salem High School team, won many awards across multiple levels.
Outside of his career, Randy was an Eagle Scout and he volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America. In addition he was a Mason and a Shriner who advocated heavily for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Randy never knew a stranger, and his loss will be felt by the FIRST Chesapeake community.  Our sincere condolences to his family, friends, students, and colleagues.
To read more about Randy and see memorial arrangements, click here.
Here is a news article about him as well. 

FIRST Inspires has appointed Chris Moore as its new chief executive officer.


"Chris is a proven leader and no stranger to organizations like FIRST that provide opportunities to young people and support communities. You can learn more about Chris in the press release announcing the appointment, and please see below for a video introduction from Chris."

Video Introduction














What is the FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassador Program?
FIRST Chesapeake helps represent the FIRST community in DC, Maryland and Virginia and highly values the contributions of FIRST alumni as volunteers, mentors, and community advocates.
The Alumni Ambassador Program Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton is a program designed to help achieve a few strategic goals:
  • Engage FIRST Alumni as event volunteers and mentors;
  • Encourage enhanced training to prepare FIRST alumni for more complex volunteer roles;
  • Provide professional development opportunities to better qualify FIRST alumni as role models and mentors;
  • Utilize alumni at FIRST Chesapeake District events as representatives who embody the program ideals of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition.
For alumni, the Ambassador Program creates opportunities to:
  • connect with other FIRST alumni across the region;
  • gain unique professional networking opportunities with FIRST supporters;
  • give back to the FIRST community.
Each 2022 Alumni Ambassador has committed to volunteer service as event volunteers, mentors, and community advocates for the FIRST Chesapeake District, and will complete professional development training on mentoring and equity, diversity and inclusion.
After the completion of all program requirements, each Alumni Ambassador will be eligible to receive a $1,000 grant to benefit the FIRST team of their choice. Team grants are made possible by the generosity of Booz Allen Hamilton. That's great news for some deserving FIRST Chesapeake teams, and the FIRST Chesapeake District overall.
FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to present,
Anna Garren, Clifton, VA
Ethan Bass, Blacksburg, VA
Sarthak Bhatnagar, Kensington, MD
Mariah Bolden, Blacksburg, VA
Amalan Iyengar, Columbia, MD
Ethan Joyner, Baltimore, MD
Heather Lin, Potomac, MD
John Link, Vienna, VA
Aashray Manchanda, Fairfax, VA
Elizabeth Nguyen, Fairfax, VA
Michael Ogunsanya, Baltimore, MD
Ellen Orie, Fredericksburg, VA
Faraaz Rahman, Chantilly, VA
Simon Rupp, Frederick, MD
Emmet Ryan, College Park, MD
Anika Seth, Rockville, MD
Nile Smith, Washington, DC
Trey Woodlief, Charlottesville, VA
Congratulations to these committed FIRST alumni.
We are honored to have them representing the
FIRST Chesapeake community.

FIRST Inspires released a statement today:


Dear FIRST® Community,

I write to inform you that after careful consideration, FIRST teams will compete in a single season-culminating FIRST Championship event, to be held in Houston, April 20-23, 2022. We have made this decision based on many complex and dynamic factors.

With FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® Tech Challenge in full gear, and FIRST® Robotics Competition kickoff planned for January 8, many of you are already active in the FIRST® FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm season. However, there is still much unknown around FIRST teams’ ability to travel to FIRST Championship, particularly our international teams (which comprise up to 50% of Championship teams, depending on program). We also recognize the impact that back-to-back events in Houston and Detroit during a pandemic could have on our thousands of volunteers who travel from all over the country and the world to help us deliver FIRST Championship.

We know many in the FIRST family continue to be impacted by the pandemic and are dealing with changing conditions in their regions, communities, and schools – all of which may affect their ability to participate in FIRST. But for those who can accommodate the timing and travel, FIRST Championship will be an opportunity for teams, volunteers, and supporters to compete and celebrate.

For FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams, the location of your “home” Championship will not be a factor in eligibility. FIRST LEGO League will use a modified invitation process to allow as many regions as possible to participate in the World Festival, and invitations will be distributed via Program Delivery Partners. We will share more details on advancement for all Programs by mid-December.

As we prioritize access to local in-person events for as many teams as possible across all FIRST programs this season, we remain committed to working with the entire FIRST community to deliver our programs to as many students as possible, as safely as possible. This includes the ability to implement modifications such as the use of masks, health screening, event scaling, social distancing, event formatting, and other precautions.

Thank you for your continued support for our mission as we navigate the season together. Stay tuned for more details about FIRST Championship.

Chris Rake
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, FIRST



2021-2022 FIRST Tech Challenge Season Changes

  • November 13th, FIRST Chesapeake Laurel MD Qualifier 1- canceled
  • December 12th events- moved to December 11th
    • FIRST Chesapeake Laurel MD Qualifier 2
    • FIRST Chesapeake Glen Allen VA Qualifier


2020 FIRST Robotics Competition Season Changes

  • New events
    • 3/19/22 FIRST Chesapeake Greater DC #4 Day 1 Event*
    • 3/20/22 FIRST Chesapeake Greater DC #4 Day 2 Event*


Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to meet everyone's needs and accommodate all our teams.


*Not open for Volunteer Sign up at this time

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