FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to announce that Katarina Spears has joined our staff as Director of Development.  "Kat" will work to build and sustain relationships that advance FIRST Chesapeake's mission and support organizational growth.

Kat has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector in DC, Northern Virginia, and Richmond. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. from American University in Washington, DC. Throughout her career, Kat has worked to advance standards and best practices in the non-profit organizations she has served, specializing in grant-writing, financial management, educational programs, and events.
Though she was born and lived abroad for much of her childhood, DC is the closest thing she has to a hometown. Kat is also a critically-acclaimed, award-winning author with three novels published by Macmillan and a fourth title to be released in 2020.
We are pleased to have Kat join our staff. It is the experience that individuals like Kat bring to the FIRST Chesapeake family that help us do what we do best - build tomorrow's technology leaders.

The LibraryBots FTC Team 7278 is hosting a FIRST Tech Challenge "Scrimmage at the Library" Sat. Nov 23, 2019. 

  • Location Chesterfield County Central Library- 7051 Lucy Corr Blvd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
  • RSVP by Nov 10th
  • Limited to the first seven teams
  • Featuring mock judging 
  • Bring your own lunch

At last Saturday's Blacksburg Town Hall meeting, FIRST Chesapeake was asked if they could help facilitate communications between teams in the DC, Maryland, Virginia areas. Since we cannot share team contact information that has been provided through FIRST Headquarters, we proposed that interested teams create a basic team gmail address that can be posted under a team info tab on our website. Teams would be listed by geographic location, as well as program. (Other information such as website and social media will also be included). It is our hope that this directory will encourage teams to connect with each other on a local level.

If you are interested in registering your team, please complete this form.

FIRST Tech Challenge Team 3804 in Richmond, VA inadvertently ordered a partial (red) field from AndyMark. They would like to sell it for $150 (local pick-up only- no shipping) - no blocks or building platform included. 

Please contact Billy McGuire at  for more details or of you are interested

Link to the Blacksburg Town Hall Meeting video- meeting held on September 21, 2019. 

All materials used in this town hall can be downloaded here: 

We really enjoyed meeting with everyone at the Blacksburg Town Hall. A special thanks to Blacksburg High School for hosting and Michael Collver, our most excellent moderator. 


 The last 2 Town Halls will be coming up in October. If you are interested in attending, please be sure to fill out the RSVP form so we will know how many to expect. This form will also help us tailor the discussion to each Town Hall.  

The Peninsula STEM Gym in Newport News, VA has Skystone game elements, and has generously offered to allow teams to practice on their official playing field. 

To schedule a visit, please contact them at  .

The 2019 FIRST Tech Challenge Workshops Sponsored by ECPI tomorrow Saturday Sept 21st will have select sessions available for remote viewing!

Click here for the Zoom remote viewing link and consult the Workshops webpage for sessions schedule.

The FIRST Tech Challenge 2019-2020 game SKYSTONE has been revealed- see the game explanation



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a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
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