The GW Community School and Coyote Robotics announce their 7th Annual Pre-States Scrimmage, to be held Monday, Jan 21 (Martin Luther King Holiday). Come to our school at 9001 Braddock Rd, Ste. 111, Springfield, VA between 1:00PM and 4:00PM. You will have space to work on your robot and can use our tools and supplies if needed. We will have a full field set up so you can test and adjust your Autonomous routines and can practice your TeleOp. If we have enough teams with working robots who want to scrimmage, we can run matches also. This will be a good chance to test and practice less than 2 weeks before the State Championships on Feb. 2nd . We will have Certified Robot Inspector(s) and Referee(s), as well as a sizing box. You can see if your robot is ready to pass the inspections. You can ask questions about the game play and rules.
There will be no charge. We can probably accommodate up to 10 teams. Please email Gary Lindner at if you are interested in coming. Even if you are not going to states, you can still come and get a chance to compete your robot again without worrying about Judges, Displays and Notebooks.
Our school is located at 9001 Braddock Rd, Suite 111, Springfield, VA 22151. We are located 2 miles West of the Beltway I-495 on Braddock Rd., between the intersections of Braddock Rd with Burke Lake Rd and Rolling Road, on the South side of Braddock. We are on the ground floor of a 3-story office building behind the Kings Park Shopping Center. It is most convenient to park in the Eastern part of the building parking lot and enter through the ground-floor entrance at the center of the East side of the building. The school entrance is at the end of the central hallway.
The FTC Reston Qualifier scheduled for Sunday January 13th has been cancelled due to winter weather, but will be rescheduled.
Please watch the FIRST Chesapeake blog and social media for updates.
Team 6700 XBOTS & ILITE Robotics teams will be hosting a scrimmage on January 26th 2019 from 10AM to 1PM at the Aux Gym at Battlefield High School. We hope this gives teams who are going to states time to practice and hang out with other teams.
We have limited spots open, so please let us know as soon as you can if you are interested by emailing team XBOTS (mailto: ) before 1/15/19. If there are more teams signing up than can be accommodated, we will chose by lottery and let everyone know by 1/19/19.
Address:15000 Graduation Drive, Haymarket, VA
Location: Auxiliary Gym.
Time: 10AM to 1PM
Please note that Battlefield HS will also be hosting STEAM Expo on January 26th.
We will have a certified referee to help make the event run smoothly. If you are participating, plan to stay between 10 and 1 to have maximum fun!
Thank you so much for your patience with FIRST Chesapeake as we work to find a balance between keeping our teams safe during winter travel, and providing the needed qualifier slots to accommodate our teams for the remainder of the FTC season.
We hoped that by this afternoon we would have a definitive answer about the FTC Reston Qualifier on Sunday the 13th. Unfortunately, due to underlying circumstances, we have to ask you to be patient just a little longer. At this time the Reston qualifier status remains "pending due to winter weather" Please look for an email from Kristin Clemons tomorrow evening with the final determination.
If the circumstances dictate that we cancel the qualifier at Reston this weekend, Please know, we fully understand the amount of effort our students put into their robotics season and want to do whatever we can to give them an opportunity to compete. While we have not yet made the final determination to cancel, in order to be proactive, we are working towards an alternative date now.
The FTC SWCC Richlands Qualifier this Saturday the 12th has been cancelled due to snow, but will be rescheduled. We hope to announce a new date on Monday. Thank you.
*UPDATE 1/12/19- FTC SWCC Richlands Qualifier has been rescheduled for Saturday 1/19/19.*
We are aware of this weekend's weather event and are monitoring it closely. Please check back here often for updates.
Any changes to our event schedule will be determined by the policy of the event venue or hosting school district.
Because of this, we recommend that all travelling teams make hotel reservations that are refundable.
In case of inclement weather the day of any FIRST Chesapeake event, please call 804.464.8945 after 5:00am for updates.
As always, please take care during your travels.
Reprinted from firstinspires: http://firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com/2019/01/hello-teams-once-again-im-pleased-to.html
Once again, I’m pleased to let you know that FIRST Tech Challenge will invite teams to apply for a waitlist spot for the FIRST World Championship tournament that serves their region. As we expand the event to 160 teams in both Houston and Detroit, I’m glad to have the opportunity to share the excitement of this grand event with even more students!
Here’s what you need to know about the waitlist:
As in previous seasons, this is not a first come – first served waitlist. When teams apply, their team number is entered into a lottery. Team numbers are weighted using the following criteria:
Receiving one lottery entry:
Receiving two lottery entries:
Receiving three lottery entries:
The maximum number of lottery entries for any team is 11.
JoAnn Halloran, Program Manager
FIRST Tech Challenge
Virginia Council on Women (Council) will provide one scholarship to a high school junior or senior in each of five geographic regions across the Commonwealth.
All applicants for the Virginia Council on Women STEM Essay Contest must:
Contest ends: Friday, February 22, 2019