Dear FIRST  Family,

It is with great sadness I share that the FIRST community lost one of our own yesterday. We are heartbroken by the death of Kendrick Castillo, a student victim of the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Littleton, Colorado. Kendrick was an active member of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4418, STEM IMPULSE, of which his father is a lead mentor. His mom is also a mentor/volunteer for the team.

You can read more about Kendrick’s life and his incredible selflessness and bravery at Denver Post and CNN. All reports indicate he was an exemplary FIRST student, with strong character and a bright future ahead. Our hearts go out to Kendrick’s family, friends, peers, and all affected by the shooting. 

We know our teams, alumni, volunteers, and supporters around the world are mourning with Team 4418. FIRST stands with Team 4418, their school, and the entire Littleton community during this incredibly difficult time.

For members of the FIRST community wishing to support Team 4418, we’ve launched a fundraising campaign in support of Team 4418 and the family as they mourn and remember Kendrick and recover with all the victims in their community. We encourage you to amplify this effort to your network by sharing these FIRST Facebook and Twitter posts.




Donald E. Bossi 
President, FIRST ® 

We will post DC, MD, and VA STEM/robotics summer camps again on our website- if you have a camp you'd like listed, please fill out this form.


Listing on the website does not constitute an endorsement by FIRST Chesapeake.



Here is the link to photos from the FIRST Championship Detroit which took place April 24-27, 2019- thank you to our team of photographers led by Todd Ferrante! 

Maryland Robotics Association will be holding their 2nd Annual Mentor Seminars on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at USRA, 7178 Columbia Gateway Dr, Columbia, MD 21046, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The event is intended primarily for FIRST Robotics Competition mentors from Maryland teams, but registration will be open to all comers.

  • Join mentors from across the Chesapeake District - meet new and old friends, share some of the excitement of our competition season and Worlds, learn more about FRC, share your experience an insights and help strengthen the network and resources for our teams.
  • Start with .... Continental Breakfast catered by la Madeleine French Bakery & Café; meet and greet your fellow mentors and event staff. Move to ....
  • Panel Discussion: "Lessons Learned" or "What I Wish I Had Known" followed by ....
  • Small Group Discussions: 25-minute small group discussions (limited to 10), that will be repeated 3 times for different groups. There will be a variety of topics and you can join three. The list includes:
    • Alumni engagement
    • FMS/Control System
    • Fundraising 
    • Team Culture 
    • New Mentors Roundtable 
    • Student / Mentor Balance 
    • The new build season (no Stop Build Day)
    • Robot inspection
    • Scouting & strategy
    • Improve Collaboration among the Maryland Mentor Community
    • Team Branding
  • Note: immediately following the seminars, the MRA will have a BoB Battle-O-Baltimore (off season) planning meeting at nearby Houlihan’s Restaurant []. You’re welcome to attend and participate, listen, or just hang out with your peers.  Food and drinks are a personal option.



Congratulations to all of the FIRST Chesapeake Dean’s List Award Semi-finalists who are advancing to the District Championship and who will compete to become a Dean's List Finalist from the Chesapeake District.  These Semi-finalists will be interviewed a second time at the Championship on Friday, April 12, with the Finalists being announced during Saturday's Awards Ceremony.  Good Luck to everyone!

Mariah Bolden 1629
Desmond McAllister 3941
Jocef Dorsey 6239
Nathan Segura 5830
Demond Morris 2106
Austin Payne 2106
Trevor Larsen 6334
Kate Driebe 422
Rosie FIsher 5587
Viruni Lewwandoowa 5115
Ishaan Thakur 1086

The photos taken at the FIRST Chesapeake Championship Event at GMU this past weekend can be found here: . You may download them for free!

We appreciate the hard work of our lead photographer Mark Lucas and his student photographers Shivan and Katelyn this past weekend. THANK YOU!!

We are grateful for all the volunteer photographers this year- you did a wonderful job. More event photos from the FRC season local events will be posted in the near future.


Saturday, April 6, 2019
Scrimmage 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Roanoke South County Library
6303 Merriman Rd · Roanoke, VA

The tenth annual National Robotics Week event will be even more awesomer than the previous ones! We are having the FTC scrimmage in the auditorium and at least one FTC judge will be available for practice judging sessions. 
Free to public. Call 540-268-0006 to RSVP.