If you are planning on submitting nominations for the Dean's List for the Orange Qualifier being held on November 17, the deadline for the submission is October 15 at 11:59 pm EST.
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):
Again this year, Newport News Shipbuilding has generously provided funding to qualified 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, or Williamsburg.  

This grant places a special emphasis on FTC teams that need assistance with registration fees and/or travel/lodging expenses. Funding levels will not exceed $1,000 and must be used for expenses associated with the 2018-2019 FTC competition season.  
Application available here. Deadline: September 30th, 2018

The Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy is now accepting applications for the 2018–2019 program. The program—designed specifically for middle school teachers (grades 5–8)—was established to help enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, engineering and technology, while increasing teacher understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce. The Academy, which is directed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), will support up to 29 teachers of physical science, engineering, and/or technology located in school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities in the United States, as well as from Australia. The teachers will be immersed throughout the year in a host of blended professional learning opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.

Who Should Apply

Current middle school (grades 5–8) physical science, engineering, and technology classroom teachers, located in school districts in select Northrop Grumman communities, who have at a minimum two years of middle school classroom teaching experience and have a strong desire to advance engineering and technology education by applying real-world applications in the classroom, can apply to become a Teacher Fellow.

For the FIRST Chesapeake District, this includes the area of Baltimore / Sykesville, MD, Washington DC, Northern Virginia.

Northrop Grumman is a long-time sponsor of FIRST Chesapeake.

For more information and a link to the application, please visit http://www.nsta.org/northropgrumman/

Applications must be submitted no later than Nov. 12, 2018.



MRA Ed-Day 2018 Details

For who: Maryland FIRST Robotics Competition team mentors and students

What: a multi-track robotics education seminar

Date: Saturday 27 October 2018

Howard Community College, SET Building
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

Cost: $9 per person (includes lunch)

Doors Open: 8:00 AM
Sessions Begin: 8:30 AM
Lunch: ~11:30 AM to 12:30 AM
Sessions End: 3:30 PM

Click this link for more information and to register: http://mdrobotalliance.org/events/mra-education-day-2018/

Capacity is 160 people and they are 40% there- don't delay!

FIRST Chesapeake sponsor, Newport News Shipbuilding, will start accepting applications for 2019 college summer interns on Monday November 26, 2018 thru early February 2019. To qualify, students must be at least 18 years of age, U.S. citizens, have a 3.0 GPA, be a rising Junior or Senior, and majoring in a field related to our industry (engineering, business, IT, etc.) More info: https://www.huntingtoningalls.com/careers/co-op-summer-internship-opportunities/

The company is also hiring for numerous entry-level positions now in both our skilled trades (sheetmetal workers, refulelers, welders, & electricians) and professional careers (designers, engineers, production planner & schedulers, etc.)

For more info, go to www.buildyourcareer.com and search for jobs in the Students & New Grad or Trades/Crafts portals.

Facebook Live on https://www.facebook.com/STEMin30/

TODAY at 1pm ET, the STEM in 30 page will host a “Robotics Live Chat” Facebook Live featuring the National Air and Space Museum’s robotics expert Paul Ceruzzi and two FIRST participants from the teams featured in the main episode: Dishaa Bhat from FIRST LEGO League team Cascades Thunderbots (Facebook), and Emma Holincheck from FIRST Robotics Competition Aegis Robotics (Facebook: Centreville Robotics), who is also an alum of and mentor of a FIRST Tech Challenge team­.

FIRST has partnered with the crowdsourcing organization DonorsChoose.org. Partial funding for FIRST team materials is now available to U.S. public and charter school teachers, thanks to #NewsCorp & #DonorsChoose. Teachers can receive funding for robot parts, tools, 3D printers, or any other team materials! Learn more.

This opportunity is open to any educator in a public or public charter school located in the United States who is employed full time by the school or school district and works directly with students at least 75 percent of the time. In the spirit of the DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding model, this campaign will not fund 100 percent of any posted FIRST project. 

Priority for funding is given to registered FIRST teams, schools, and school districts that demonstrate and support Equity, Diversity & Inclusion efforts from FIRST.

The error messages on the FIRST Tech Challenge events pages have been resolved. The pages are up and functioning.

Thank you for alerting us to this problem and for your patience.