UPDATE! If you cannot meet the Jan 15th submission deadline for the Roanoke College RCROBOTICS Fellowship, please contact Cathy Sarisky at 540 375 2438 // who can help you make it work.

At Roanoke College, we help you put the pieces together to understand who you truly are -- what you care deeply about, what you do well, how you relate to the world. Through challenge inside and outside the classroom, you grow as a whole person, gaining the confidence, self-knowledge and personal authority needed to make important decisions about your life. 

Roanoke College invites applications for FIRST® RCROBOTS Fellows.  Fellows will join RCROBOTS (Roanoke College Robotics Outreach Builds Opportunities Through Service), working to bring STEM and robotics learning opportunities to youth throughout the Roanoke Valley.  Fellows may coach, mentor, volunteer, promote, organize, or lead in a variety of robotics opportunities, fitting each student’s individual interests.  Students of all majors and career goals are welcome.  An enthusiasm for working with kids and playing with robots is the “major” requirement!

Roanoke College supports the FIRST® mission to inspire young people to be future science and technology leaders, to build STEM skills, and to develop confidence, communication, and teamwork skills.  As a FIRST® alum, you have already benefited from these opportunities.  RCROBOTS is your opportunity to continue your own FIRST® journey through your college career, bringing opportunities in robotics and STEM to children throughout the Roanoke Valley.

The FIRST Fellows program provides a $1,000 per year renewable fellowship to all students selected.  Twelve fellowships are available for students beginning at Roanoke College in Fall 2020.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this fellowship, you must:

  • Have participated on a FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) or a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) Team during high school.
  • Apply and be admitted to Roanoke College as a full-time student, or plan to do so by the scholarship deadline.


Submit applications on this page:



Scholarship applications are due Wednesday, January 15th. 

*UPDATE! If you cannot meet the Jan 15th submission deadline for the Roanoke College RCROBOTICS Fellowship, please contact Cathy Sarisky at 540 375 2438 // who can help you make it work.*


Students with questions can contact Dr. Catherine Sarisky (), or Ben Bentley (), Assistant Director of Admissions.

Every year we hear the most amazing stories about coaches and mentors who go above and beyond for their teams and in their communities. This year, we are pleased to recognize one of these outstanding volunteers with the Jim and Laraine Schubert Unsung Hero: Mentor of the Year Award. This award recognizes a FIRST Chesapeake FTC or FRC Mentor who has gone above and beyond to support the 5 Strategic Pillars of FIRST. The award winner will be announced at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding on Saturday, April 4th, at the Hampton Coliseum. 
The Award will include complimentary air travel and lodging at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit, a meal stipend, and invitations to select VIP events at the World Championship. (NOTE: The Mentor's team does not need to qualify for Worlds for the Mentor to attend.) 
Nominations can be made for a rookie or veteran mentor and can be submitted by a volunteer, team member, or other coach/mentor. Mentors must be associated with a FIRST Chesapeake FTC team in Virginia or an FRC team in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Washington, DC during the 2019-2020 season. 
Applications will be accepted until 5pm on March 13, 2020. The award winner will be notified by March 20th and must be present to receive the award on April 4th. 

FTC Orange Qualifier team lunch pre-order DEADLINE IS EXTENDED to Tues Jan 14th! Order your pizzas before 9am tomorrow


Want to get paid to help kids build robots?

No experience necessary


FIRST Chesapeake Robotics, a 20 year old STEM education-based non-profit, is seeking part-time contractors to work with specific middle school FIRST Tech Challenge teams in Richmond City Public Schools. This position requires between 12 and 16 hours of afternoon on-site classroom instruction per week Mon-Thurs. Hours can be structured to fit most schedules. Additional hours are available, if desired. FIRST Chesapeake is willing to coordinate these hours with university career services for possible internship credit for the 2019-2020 academic year. The position reports directly to the Sustainability Project Manager.

Pay scale: Pay is set at $22.00/hr. 

For more information, requirements, and the application click here.

A special group rate for teams has been arranged for the FRC FIRST Chesapeake District Blacksburg Event. Please see the FRC Blacksburg Team Info Page for more details and deadline.



The GW Community School and Coyote Robotics announce their 8th Annual Pre-States Scrimmage, to be held Monday, Feb 17 (Presidents Day 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 a week before the State Championships on Feb. 22nd . 

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.

The FTC Salem Qualifier Lunch info is available on the event webpage or directly here

PLEASE NOTE the due dates for payments- Teams may mail a check (must arrive by Weds 1/8) or pay by credit card (link will be online Monday 1/6).



Inclement Weather


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