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. 

FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to announce the 2021 Reaching for the Stars: Outstanding Women in STEM Award will be presented to Lyn McDermid at the third annual Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Leidos on February 2, 2021.
The third annual Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Leidos will be a virtual, live-broadcast event from Leidos Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. This year, in-person attendance will be limited to speakers and honorees, broadcasting live on February 2, 2021 beginning at 8:30AM. For more information about the event or sponsoring women in STEM initiatives, contact Katarina Spears at  or 804.754.6503.

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

You are invited to attend a virtual Town Hall Tuesday, December 15th, at 6:00pm on Twitch-  https://twitch.tv/firstchesapeake.
We will give updates on the FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition
2020-21 seasons and answer your questions.
If you have questions that you would like to see addressed during the Town Hall, please submit them  here. We will answer as many questions as time permits.
A recording of the town hall will be available later on YouTube for those unable to attend.

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












Let's stay connected!
We realize in this current climate many people will not be able to volunteer with FIRST Chesapeake the way they have in the past.
In light of this, FIRST Chesapeake's volunteers selected a special season volunteer t-shirt that will not only be given to this year's volunteers (on-site and remote), but is available to everyone! We are glad to mail a shirt to you for a $20 donation (no additional shipping cost).
In addition to getting a cool limited edition volunteer shirt, your $20 will help support FIRST Chesapeake programs in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. (You will receive an automated email for your records acknowledging $15 of your payment as a tax deductible contribution). A special thanks to our sponsor, Triangle for helping to defray the costs of these shirts.
Supplies are limited, so don't wait! ORDER FORM

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.

Learn more about FTC volunteer roles for the upcoming season at this virtual event Saturday, December 12, 2020 ~ 10am-11am.
You will receive a link by email to the video call the week of the event.
Click here to sign up! All registered attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a limited edition volunteer t-shirt (winner to be announced during the workshop.)

Inclement Weather


In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call 804.464.8945
after 5am for updates