RISE (Robotics Inspired STEM Education) UP Mentoring Program Manager
FIRST Chesapeake has received a generous grant through Qualcomm to support a part time contracted position in the Blacksburg/New River Valley area of Virginia for January-November 2021. This paid position will help support a new peer to peer initiative in Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski counties that will bring together mentors from veteran teams and the community to assist at least 5 rookie or struggling FLL or FTC teams.
Please see our Careers page for more information, the deadline, and how to apply.
No phone calls, please.
Newport News Shipbuilding FTC Grant and FIRST Chesapeake Board FTC Grant: Deadline January 8th, 2021.
Newport News Shipbuilding FTC Grants:
Funding is available for teams in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Teams must be located in the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Surry, York or the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Franklin, or Williamsburg.
This grant places a special emphasis upon FTC teams that need assistance with materials or local registration fees, although other needs will be considered if deemed appropriate. Funding levels will generally not exceed $1,000 and must be used for expenses associated with the 2020-2021 FTC competition season.
Application available here.
FIRST Chesapeake Board FTC Team Grants:
This year, the FIRST Chesapeake Board of Directors have personally contributed to help support under-represented and under-resourced FTC teams in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. 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 FTC 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 $1,000.
Application available here.
Reminder- the deadline for the FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassador Program Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton has been extended to MONDAY DECEMBER 7, 2020, 5:00pm.
Please also note, there are expanded opportunities to volunteer virtually, so the eligibility requirements allow FIRST Chesapeake alumni to participate, even if you go to university/college out of state!
Click HERE for more details
Click HERE to go directly to the application
Due to the upward trending COVID 19 positivity rates in Maryland and Virginia, as well as the dramatic uptick in hospitalizations over the past 2 weeks, FIRST Chesapeake has made the difficult decision to postpone the Saturday, December 5th FTC Scrimmages Sponsored by InSource Solutions until January- date TBD. As always, the health and safety of our teams and volunteers are our first priorities, and at this point, health experts are advising against in-person gatherings. FIRST Chesapeake will notify all participants once it has been determined that it is safe to resume our events. Until then, we appreciate your patience and understanding.