Showbest Fixture Corporation has generously funded a limited number of grants for FRC teams in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia for the 2018-2019 competition season. All registered FRC teams are eligible to apply. Funds may be used to defray costs associated with registration, travel and lodging, and materials. Funds may also support FRC outreach to grow more teams throughout the FIRST Chesapeake District. Grants will be awarded based upon need and/or anticipated outcomes. 
Awards will not exceed $4,000 per team and will be selected by a committee comprised of FIRST Chesapeake staff, volunteers, and Showbest representatives. Applications must be submitted on-line by 4pm on January 14th, 2019.
Awards will be announced on January 18th, 2019, and checks will be issued to teams by February 1st, 2019.

Through the generosity of the FTC Charlottesville Qualifier site host University of Virginia School of Engineering, lunches are being provided free of charge to all participating teams and two of their coaches/mentors.  

Please pre-register your team and two coaches/mentors so we can provide our host with a head count.

We'd like to give them a head count by January 2nd, 2019- thank you!

The deadline for submissions for the Dean's List is the 15th of the month prior to the event where the student will be interviewed.  If you are planning on submitting nominations for the Dean's List for any of the following January Qualifiers, the deadline for the submission is December 15 at 11:59 pm EST:
  • 1/6 FTC Charlottesville Qualifier
  • 1/12 FTC SWCC Richlands Qualifier
  • 1/13 FTC Reston Qualifier
Who is Eligible? Any team member who is in 10th or 11th grade may be nominated for the Dean's List Award. However, each team may only submit two nominations. Students who are in 10th and 11th grade that mentor the team (and do not actively participate as members of the team) are not eligible.
Other important items to note:
  • A mentor of the team who is unrelated to the student being nominated should submit the nomination for the Dean's List Award.
  • It is required that the coach/mentor making the nomination choose an event within their own state/region AND an event where they will be competing for the Semi-finalist to be interviewed.
  • The second student nomination must be for the same event chosen for the first student nomination. If you choose to submit only one student to an event, you will not be able to go back and add another student to a later event once the deadline has passed.
Here is a link to the Dean's List Nomination Guide for instructions on how to submit your nomination(s):'s-list-nomination-guide-us.pdf

A generous person has offered to pay the registration for the FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS who are attending the December 8th FRC Pre-Season Workshop in Falls Church, VA.

Don't delay- sign up NOW! (People/teams still need to use the form and register to attend) 



Centreville Robotics is pleased to offer FTC teams the opportunity to pre-order lunches for the FTC Centreville Qualifier on Sunday, December 16th. Teams can find the information and place pre-orders using this link:

All pre-orders should be finalized and paid for (via paypal) by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, December 11th.

The FTC Newport News Qualifier team pre-order lunch form is now available here. A link will also be available on the Qualifer webpage later today.

Pre-orders are due by noon on December 6th, 2018.

Shared from the FTC Blog


Info on Wi-Fi Disconnects for Motorola E4, G5, and G5 Plus Android Phones

Posted: 29 Nov 2018 01:27 PM PST

The Motorola E4 phone is approved for use in the FIRST Tech Challenge. In fall 2018, teams reported seemingly random disconnects between the Driver Station and Robot Controller devices when the E4 phones were used. Note that although this issue was first reported with the Motorola E4 phone, it also occurs with the Motorola G5 and G5 Plus phones. 

The disconnects can occur when the Motorola E4 phone is acting as the Driver Station, and an op mode has been selected and initialized, but not started.  In this situation, if the Robot Controller waits for a start command from the Driver Station, the phones might momentarily disconnect and cause the op mode run to stop before the start command is received. 

There is a solution to this problem.  It involves rewriting your op mode so that the Robot Controller sends telemetry messages to the Driver Station while it is waiting for the start command.  Doing this seems to prevent the devices from momentarily disconnecting. 

Details on how to diagnose and workaround this problem can be found at the following web link: Workaround for Motorola E4 Wi-Fi Disconnects.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to  



Team 8095 is hosting a scrimmage for FTC teams at Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, VA) on December 1st from 9AM to 12PM. 

For additional details or to sign up please contact Robert Call at by Wednesday, November 28th.