With the 2018-19 season approaching, we will update the team grants webpage as funding opportunities become known to us.  This will include funding for both FTC and FRC teams, rookie and veteran.


Don't forget to check the page!

Is it time to update your Volunteer Youth Protection Screening?

Volunteer background screening is required every four (4) years. If you were screened during the 2014-2015 season, you will be asked to re-screen in the 2018-2019 season. If you would like to complete this process early, you may do so in the Volunteer Registration system by:

  • Applying to an event, or
  • Applying to a Program (found on the event search page in Volunteer Registration)

Both options will direct you to complete the screening process. If you have any questions, please contact FIRST Chesapeake at volunteer@firstchesapeake.org.

The DEKA Foundation has generously funded FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Team Grants.
Rookie (new) FIRST Tech Challenge teams can apply for a $275 registration grant, and another $225 to help pay for materials, totaling $500 in funding.
Go here for to apply.

Here is the preliminary 2018-19 FIRST Chesapeake FRC schedule. 

The FIRST Robotics Competition events webpage will be updated in the future.


  November 10, 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Workshops Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  January 5, 2019 FRC Kickoff and Game Reveal worldwide
1 Mar 1-3 FIRST Chesapeake District Richmond VA Event Deep Run H.S., Glen Allen, VA
1 Mar 1-3 FIRST Chesapeake District Haymarket VA Event Battlefield H.S., Haymarket, VA
2 Mar 8-10 FIRST Chesapeake District Bethesda MD Event Walt Whitman H.S., Bethesda, MD
3 Mar 15-17 FIRST Chesapeake District Ownings Mill MD Event McDonogh School, Owings Mill, MD
3 Mar 15-17 FIRST Chesapeake District Portsmouth VA Event Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding  Churchland H.S., Portsmouth, VA
4 Mar 22-24 FIRST Chesapeake District Oxon Hill MD Event Oxon Hill H.S., Oxon Hill, MD
5 Mar 29-31 FIRST Chesapeake District Blacksburg VA Event  Blacksburg H.S., Blacksburg, VA
7 Apr  10-13 FIRST Chesapeake District Championship George Mason University, Fairfax, VA



Here is the preliminary 2018-19 Virginia FTC schedule. Please note, this is still subject to change and there will be adjustments as we finalize dates with hosting venues. 

The FIRST Tech Challenge events webpage will be updated in the future when the schedule for 2018-19 is finalized.


9/8/2018 FTC Kickoff and Workshops ECPI University, Richmond and Manassas
10/1/2018 FTC Registration opens online
11/17/2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Orange Qualifier Orange County H.S, Orange
12/1/2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Greater Richmond Qualifier L.C. Byrd H.S., Chesterfield
12/1/2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Haymarket Qualifier Battlefield H.S., Haymarket
12/8/2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Heritage Newport News Qualifier Heritage H.S., Newport News
12/8/2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Christiansburg Qualifier Christiansburg M.S., Christiansburg
12/16/2018 (Sunday) FIRST Tech Challenge Centreville Qualifier Centreville H.S., Clifton
1/05/2019 FIRST Tech Challenge UVA Charlottesville Qualifier  University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1/12/2019 FIRST Tech Challenge SWCC Richlands Qualifier Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands

1/13/2019 (Sunday)

FIRST Tech Challenge Reston Qualifier South Lakes H.S., Reston
2/2/2019 FIRST Tech Challenge VA Championship Sponsored by ECPI University Atlee High School, Mechanicsville


Updated 9/13/18

RVA MakerFest
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00am - 5:00pm
Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA)


Click here for 2018 Maker Applications
Deadline: June 7th
Application Fee: $10.00
MakerFest 2018
Last year's layout worked really well so we'll use it again this year. You can request for your booth to be outside in Garner Pavilion or in the Gottwald event center which has AC, plenty of floor outlets, low or high lighting, & is located beside Garner. Food trucks will be in the middle of Garner and Gottwald...easy access!
  • Attendees and YOU will be able to have food and beverages inside Gottwald and, of course, outside. 
  • More signage and volunteers directing attendees to the Gottwald event center.
  • More parking spaces!
  • Additional advertising promoting "makers goods for sale."
REQUIRED: Throughout the day of RVA MakerFest, you must demonstrate your craft/trade so attendees learn a little about how you use S.T.E.A.M. (e.g. science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to make your goods.
Hands-on Activity: Bonus points if you include a 3 - 5 minute hands-on activity for children & adults to enjoy at your booth. In most cases, the activity includes participants making an item they can take home and share on social media (free advertising for you!) It's up to you if you would like to charge or not charge a fee for your hands-on activity. 
TIP: You will get more traffic at your booth, if you have a hands-on activity throughout the day.
  • If accepted, makers who plan on selling goods or collecting donations will be charged $75 for each booth requested (i.e. if you request 2 booths, you will be charged $150). 
  • If you are not selling goods or collecting donations, you will be charged $10 for each booth requested (i.e. if you request 2 booths, you will be charged $20).
  • Applicants will be notified by mid-June with the status of their participation in RVA MakerFest.


The Sinai Hospital (Baltimore, MD area) In-Patient Pharmacy has a piece of robotic equipment called IntelliFill i.v that they no longer use.

FRC Team 4505 was able to disassemble a similar unit about a year ago--they said there is a lot of useful equipment to be had, from a really nice steel framing that makes great workbenches to numerous pneumatic slides, pistons and electrical components, including sensors. It is certainly worth the effort involved.

If your team is interested, please contact: Veronica Aloyon at maloyon@lifebridgehealth.org

FIRST Chesapeake teams have been invited to support FIRST in Michigan with their National Advocacy event on June 26th, in Washington, DC. Team 1885 is leading the local support on field set up and robot demonstrations. The event however, is lead by Michigan teams. 
At the moment, FRC Team 1885 is looking to see which teams would like to be involved at this level. If your team is interested in bringing a robot and team members to the Rayburn Building on June 26th, please complete this form.  
Once Team 1885 receives final implementation information, they will pass that along. At the moment, they are looking for interested teams. If you have any questions, please email Gail Drake at gailddrake@gmail.com.