Celebration of Science” event will take place at Nysmith School, Herndon, VA on June 9th.

This is an event that brings together all THINKERS, MAKERS, DREAMERS, and DOERS where they can share/learn and inspire each other in the fields of science, technology and engineering. Last year was immensely successful with hundreds of people participating and benefitting from this event. It is a great opportunity for kids from K-12 to showcase their FLL/FTC robots, outreach and interact with other coaches, mentors and experts in the field. They have some great keynotes planned.

See the flyer for more information: https://tinyurl.com/csflyer2

Email cs@roboticsforyouth.org



The FIRST Chesapeake website www.firstchesapeake.org will be undergoing updates on Wednesday May 16th.  It is possible that access may be affected into Thursday.  If you receive an error message, please try again later.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Drobots Company is looking for paid teachers and interns to help us staff their DC, MD and VA drone STEM camps this summer.  Interns must be graduating high school seniors or college-aged. 

See their website for more information and the job application: http://drobotscompany.com/were-hiring-for-kids-drones-camp/

These paid positions will start training in May, and camps start as early as first week of June.  Because of this, if you are interested in this summer job, contact Mary Lockwood with Drobots at  mary@summercampadvising.com so she can expedit your application.

The 2018-19 season FIRST program theme has been announced- FIRST LAUNCH 2019.  This overriding space theme is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.  Click here for more information about the theme and the four FIRST programs for students K-12!



FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Kresge to the position of Chairman to the organization's Board of Directors. Mr. Kresge is the Head of Digital Commerce Engineering at Capital One and a longtime member of FIRST Chesapeake board. For more information please see this press release announcing Jim's appointment.

We would also like to thank Scott McKay for his years of service as our Board Chair. Under Scott's guidance, FIRST Chesapeake/ VirginiaFIRST has grown from one annual competition to an interstate non-profit representing 300+ middle and high school robotics teams. He has been a board member, volunteer, advocate and mentor. As Emeritus Chair to our Board, and member of the FIRST Headquarters' Board of Directors, Scott will continue to help FIRST build tomorrow's technology leaders.

Do you know of a STEM summer camp in your area? Does your organization sponsor a STEM summer camp? Are there local opportunities for STEM-related activities near you?  If so, we'd love to feature it on our website.

Submit your camp on this form: https://goo.gl/forms/X8IBmgh97swIfRgk1

Summer Camps will be listed on our website here: https://www.firstchesapeake.org/30-team-resources/177-stem-summer-camps

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Note: A listing on our site does not constitute an endorsement by FIRST Chesapeake. 

From firstinspires.org

FIRST Team Registration Site

We are excited to announce the release of the NEW Team Registration portion of our website, which will replace the existing Team Information Management Systems (TIMS)*.  With this change, the need for four separate program Team registration systems goes away – the new team registration is now an extension of firstinspires.org website.

The process will reduce time on administrative activities, resulting in more time for Coaches and Mentors to work with their teams.  Features include:dashboard-photo

  • Simple, easy-to-use “wizard” approach to all program registrations;
  • Reduced data requirements and streamlined entry choices;
  • Simple dashboard launch point for all registration-related processes that shows the overall status of the user’s teams across all four FIRST programs (e.g. If a Coach has a FIRST LEGO League Team and a FIRST Tech Challenge Team, he/she can check the status of each team from one location);
  • Register, pay for, and manage teams using a common workflow for all four FIRST programs;
  • Payment and grant processing functionality shows grants awarded and allows user to pay for multiple teams at once; and
  • Optimized experience for both desktop and smartphone browsers.

The new site will be launched with our FIRST LEGO League season opening on May 10th and then will be available for the opening of the other programs seasons: 

  • FIRST Tech Challenge on May 18th,
  • FIRST Robotics Competition on May 19th,
  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. on August 1st

All existing user accounts will remain the same, and all existing teams will be rolled forward to the new season as we normally do at this time of year and will be accessible from the new site.   View example pages from the new site here.

Other FIRST sites are not changing at this time – but stay tuned as we continue our journey to improve the FIRST digital experience!

*for FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League teams in North America