Once again, funding to FRC teams in Hampton Roads has been made available through a generous contribution by Newport News Shipbuilding. The following teams received awards to help defray travel and lodging costs for the 2019 FRC Season:
 
  • Team 1793 - Aviators
  • Team 1610 - Blackwater 
  • Team 2028 - Phoebus
  • Team 5957 - Cybercanes 
 
Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. With approximately $4 billion in revenues and more than 20,000 employees, they are the largest industrial employer in Virginia and the largest shipbuilding company in the United States. Newport News Shipbuilding is also home to the Apprentice School, where they are committed to developing core leadership principles in all apprenticeship students along with the character and technical competence.
 
 
 
 
Maryland Teams, Volunteers, and Friends, 
 
There is a Bill in the Maryland Legislature that will expand the eligibility requirements for the Robotics Grants Program to include nonprofits. Bill HB132 could potentially allow nonprofits, such as FIRST Chesapeake, to receive funding to support the creation of new robotics teams or assist existing teams. 
 
If you agree with this proposal, please contact your representative and let them know that you support HB132. If you need help locating your State Senators or Delegates to express your opinion, click on this link for more information. 
 
We realize it's a busy time of year. Any help you can offer would be much appreciated.
 
FIRST Chesapeake

Lockheed Martin, a FIRST Chesapeake sponsor, has launched a new scholarship program to provide opportunities to students who want to build their talents and change the world!

Beginning in 2019, they are awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student – renewable each year. The program will continue to add up to 200 new recipients each year, and will be open to individuals studying engineering or computer science that demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or underserved communities.

The scholarship program doesn’t end with a check. Mentoring opportunities will be a key component of the program, and recipients will also be eligible for Lockheed Martin internship opportunities following their freshman year in college.

Application closes March 12, 2019.

For eligibility requirements, application link, and faqs, click here

The FTC 2018-19 Promote and Compass Awards page is open for submissions. 

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Wed. January 30th

 

For further description of the awards, click here.

FTC Reston will now be known as FTC Reston at Centreville Qualifier, and will take place on 1/26/19 at Centreville High School in Clifton, VA.

Thank you for your patience!

The FTC Reston Qualifier scheduled for Sunday January 13th has been cancelled due to winter weather, but will be rescheduled. 

Please watch the FIRST Chesapeake blog and social media for updates.

The GW Community School and Coyote Robotics announce their 7th Annual Pre-States Scrimmage, to be held Monday, Jan 21 (Martin Luther King 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 2 weeks before the State Championships on Feb. 2nd .  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 lindnergt@gwcommunityschool.com 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.

 

Our school is located at 9001 Braddock Rd, Suite 111, Springfield, VA 22151.  We are located 2 miles West of the Beltway I-495 on Braddock Rd., between the intersections of Braddock Rd with Burke Lake Rd and Rolling Road, on the South side of Braddock.  We are on the ground floor of a 3-story office building behind the Kings Park Shopping Center.  It is most convenient to park in the Eastern part of the building parking lot and enter through the ground-floor entrance at the center of the East side of the building.  The school entrance is at the end of the central hallway.

Team 6700 XBOTS & ILITE Robotics teams will be hosting a scrimmage on January 26th 2019 from 10AM to 1PM at the Aux Gym at Battlefield High School. We hope this gives teams who are going to states time to practice and hang out with other teams.

We have limited spots open, so please let us know as soon as you can if you are interested by emailing team XBOTS (mailto:xbots.team@gmail.com ) before 1/15/19. If there are more teams signing up than can be accommodated, we will chose by lottery and let everyone know by 1/19/19.

Address:15000 Graduation Drive, Haymarket, VA

Location: Auxiliary Gym.

Time: 10AM to 1PM

Please note that Battlefield HS will also be hosting STEAM Expo on January 26th.

You may contact Brian Shepard (bshepard@pwcs.edu) if you have questions about directions, facilities, or the STEAM Expo, and nagesh.chintada@gmail.com if you have any questions about scrimmage.

We will have a certified referee to help make the event run smoothly. If you are participating, plan to stay between 10 and 1 to have maximum fun!