The September 8th 2018 FTC Kickoff and Workshops Sponsored by ECPI University is rapidly approaching!  Here are a few updates:

  • The Manassas location is filled to capacity, but the Richmond location is still open for registration
  • Workshop session descriptions are posted- you will find them under "Special Information" on the workshop webpage


Arconic Foundation is the charitable arm of Arconic Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build, and power. Through collaboration non-profit partners, their, initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields.
Grant Details and Requirements:
This grant is open to rookie and veteran FIRST Tech Challenge teams 2018-2019 season. Eligible teams must be within a 25-mile radius of an Arconic location in the United States or the United Kingdom. If approved, the grant will be awarded as follows:
  • FIRST Tech Challenge rookie team $1,000
  • FIRST Tech Challenge veteran team $500
The grant application will be open August 20, 2018 through September 10, 2018 and will not be available outside of these dates. Applications must be fully submitted no later than 11:59 P.M. ET on September 10, 2018 in order to be considered for a grant. 
Questions regarding this grant opportunity should be directed to Teams are expected to practice Gracious Professionalism™ at all times throughout the grant process and respect the decision(s) of Arconic staff.
Teams will be notified of their grant decision by September 17, 2018.  Please note that completing an application does not guarantee funding, and all teams should be actively fundraising and seeking alternate/additional funding opportunities.

FIRST Robotics Competition Meet the Field is moving to a Virtual Platform in 2019! 

FIRST Headquarters just announced that they will be providing virtual fields to all teams immediately following the FRC 2019 Kick Off. Virtual fields have been available in the past, but this year FIRST is working on different applications that can be used on everything from a common smart phone to a high end headset.  This natural evolution and enhancement of the FRC program will keep our teams up to date using the latest technology. 

FIRST Chesapeake would like to thank our most recent Meet the Field sponsors, Showbest Fixtures and Synalloy, for their considerable contributions of talent and resources over the years. We are grateful for their support and thank them for bringing this tremendous resource to our teams. We are looking forward to exploring new ways that we can continue to partner with our sponsors to build tomorrow's technology leaders.

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

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



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 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