We are aware of this weekend's weather event and are monitoring it closely. Please check back here often for updates.
Any changes to our event schedule will be determined by the policy of the event venue or hosting school district.
Because of this, we recommend that all travelling teams make hotel reservations that are refundable.
In case of inclement weather the day of any FIRST Chesapeake event, please call 804.464.8945 after 5:00am for updates.
As always, please take care during your travels.
Virginia Council on Women (Council) will provide one scholarship to a high school junior or senior in each of five geographic regions across the Commonwealth.
All applicants for the Virginia Council on Women STEM Essay Contest must:
Contest ends: Friday, February 22, 2019
The PayPal link on the Virginia Event Registration page has been fixed. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
If there is a problem with the link again, please go to the Donate page and use the PayPal link there.
Here is some information we think will help you prepare (though can you really be 100% prepared?). For those of you who don’t want to read through this (it’ll be familiar to those that have been around for a while), I’ll summarize the deadlines (all are noon, eastern):
Kickoff Kit – Sizing Info
In addition to finding out 2019 season details on Saturday, each team attending a local Kickoff will also leave with this year’s Kickoff Kit items. We’re giving a deliberately vague “heads up” with to what kind of sizes, weights to expect so you can make accommodations to get the goods back to your build space. This information is also now published in the “Kickoff Kit” section of the Kit of Parts page.
Every team will receive a Black Tote (~12 in. x 27 in. x 17 in., ~33 lbs.) and a set of separate items of assorted shapes and sizes, collectively ~30 lbs. with no one item weighing more than ~14 lbs. Separate items would fit in a backpack if it weren’t for a few long (48 in.), narrow pieces.
New (“rookie”) teams will also receive a Gray Tote (~12 in. x 27 in. x 17 in., ~34 lbs.) an additional separate item that weighs ~13 lbs.
Teams that did not opt out will also receive a Drive Base Kit (~7 in. x 7 in. x 33 in., ~29 lbs.)
Kickoff Kit - What if something’s missing or damaged?
We strongly recommend that one of the first things you do after Kickoff is to inventory your Kickoff Kit. If anything is missing or damaged 1) we’re so sorry! and 2) you need to let us know and we’ll make it right.
The process we use to get information from you is built in to the registration system and available from noon (Eastern) on 1/5 to noon (Eastern) on 1/11.
Please know and understand that we will not process requests that don’t use this system for teams who received their Kickoff Kits on or before 1/11/19. (If you’re a “MySite” team who received your kit after 1/11, please email us within 2 business days of receipt of your Kickoff Kit with any missing/damaged items.)
To report anything missing or damaged:
FIRST Choice: Round 2
FIRST Choice opens for Round 2 of Priority List orders from 1/5 to 1/10 (noon Eastern, emails with what each team is getting will be send by AndyMark by the end of the day on 1/14). We’ll be employing the same Priority List Process used in Round 1 and issuing additional credits to each team’s account. Any unused credits from Round 1 are carried over. Details on all this are in the FIRST Choice section of the Kit of Parts page.
Virtual Kit – New Items Coming!
Additional Virtual Kit items will be posted to the Virtual Kit section of the Kit of Parts page (with any corresponding voucher codes posted to teams’ registration accounts) at noon on Saturday. Don’t forget to check them out too.
The Down Low on Downloads
A plea: Please do not re-host or redistribute the content posted by FIRST. All are welcome to post links to our content as long as the content itself remains on our servers. The content could change at any time after Saturday’s Kickoff (though after Kickoff, we promise that we try to only change things we think are really broken), and by linking to our content instead of hosting, we can make sure everyone is getting the most up to date information.
You can get a jump on the rush Saturday by downloading some files now. They’re encrypted, so you can’t access them until we give you the encryption code during the Kickoff broadcast (find information about the Kickoff broadcast here).
We post them now though, because for many, it’s easier to have them locally on their device, and then using the key, unlocking and opening these files immediately and without needing internet access.
Here’s what we’ve encrypted and posted (all links automatically download, approximate file size noted if download > 100MB, all other content to be posted shortly after the Kickoff broadcast):
DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Game Manual (link lives on the Game and Season page)
Kickoff Kit Checklists (links live on the Kickoff Kit section of the Kit of Parts page)
DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE Drawings (links live on the Playing Field page)
VR and Other Field Assets (links live on the Playing Field page)
We’ll post more on this shortly after Kickoff but wanted to give you a heads up that the official Q&A system will open at noon (eastern) on Wednesday, January 9th. It opens a few days after Kickoff to give teams some time to digest the game manual (and then read it again).
In addition to the rules in the game manual, please remember to review the event rules here. This webpage also includes information on how you should report medical and non-medical incidents.
Thanks for reading through to the end, and good luck this season!
Blackwater Robotics will again be hosting a strategy session and human g
The 2019 STEM Takes Flight NASA Research Experience for Virginia’s Community Colleges program is now accepting applications. Since 2015, community college sophomores throughout the state have had the opportunity to apply for paid NASA research experiences at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore. These research experiences take place over 10 weeks during the summer. More than 20 positions are available, and all projects are STEM oriented.
Qualified applicants are undergraduate community college STEM majors, who are at least a rising sophomore and not graduating prior to May of 2019. They must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, and a full- or part-time student taking a minimum of six credit hours.
The program is jointly funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the Virginia Community College System.
The application deadline is Feb. 26, 2019. Learn more and apply online at vsgc.odu.edu/
With the new advancement strategy for our 2018-2019 season, FIRST® Tech Challenge will be inviting teams to FIRST Championship as they qualify from their state and regional championship events. Once a team qualifies they will receive an email invitation from FIRST Tech Challenge Headquarters. This invite will include important next steps in the registration process as well as badging, hotel, and travel information.
A team will not be able to sign up for a hotel room until their championship event-host has sent their team information to FIRST Tech Challenge HQ, and they have accepted their email invitation from FIRSTTech Challenge. Once a team has confirmed that they will be attending FIRST Championship, they will be able to book their hotel room blocks.
We strongly recommend booking your team’s hotel rooms through FIRST. When you book with FIRST, you will:
2019 FIRST Championship housing and travel discounts are available mid-December. Receive notification when hotel blocks and discounts become available so you’re ready to book when you advance to Houston or Detroit.