Funding for a limited number of FIRST Robotics Competition teams in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia has been made possible through the generous personal donations of the FIRST Chesapeake board. Grants may be used to help defray the costs of materials, local competitions, outreach, and/or travel. Teams who are especially focused upon promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within their communities are encouraged to apply. Funding levels will not exceed $1,200 and must be for expenses associated with the 2020-2021 FRC season. Teams who are eligible to apply for the Newport News Shipbuilding Grant, are also eligible to apply for this grant if their total demonstrated need is greater than $2,000. Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee and awarded based upon need. 

Applications must be received by 5pm, February 12th, 2021. Approved grant recipients will be notified by February 17th, 2021.

Nominate a deserving mentor for the Second Annual FIRST Chesapeake Jim and Laraine Schubert Unsung Hero: Mentor of Year Award. This award recognizes a mentor who has gone above and beyond to support the FIRST Chesapeake mission and the 5 Strategic Pillars of FIRST. A mentor can be a rookie or a veteran. They can be nominated by a volunteer, team member, or other coach/mentor. Nominated mentors must be associated with an FTC or FRC team in the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia during the 2020-2021 competition season.

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on March 19th, 2021. The winners will be announced as part of the the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding awards in the Spring. 

The award includes recognition by the FIRST Chesapeake community, as well as an unrestricted gift of $250 to the mentored team, and a gift of appreciation awarded to the mentor.  Nominations for mentors who support under-resourced or majority-minority teams are especially encouraged.

Funding for a limited number of FRC teams in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia will be available through a generous grant by Newport News Shipbuilding. The grant places a special emphasis on FRC teams that may need assistance to sustain their team and programs for the 2020-2021 FRC season. Funding levels will not exceed $2,000. Because of the exceptional hardships faced by teams due to the COVID-19 pandemic, funds may be used to help defray any cost associated with FRC-related expenses for the 2020-2021 season.

To receive funding, teams must be located in the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Surry, and York or the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg and be associated with a School, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, 4-H, home-school with associated organization, or a non-profit / organization. Grants will be selected by a committee based upon need.

Applications for FRC teams requesting grant funding must submit their application by February 12th, 2021. Approved grant recipients will be notified by February 17th, 2021.  


FIRST Chesapeake will provide information regarding the remote scrimmages and remote judging for teams at the January 19th Town Hall on Twitch. Teams will also be notified by email as soon as dates and sign up details are finalized.



FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to offer three free professional development workshops for current and potential mentors and volunteers in partnership with MENTOR Virginia.
These workshops are made possible through the Alumni Ambassador Program Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton.
These on-line, interactive, professional development workshops will be available in January and February 2021, and are free and open to all current and potential FIRST Chesapeake mentors and volunteers. (Due to demand, the January 23rd Workshop will be repeated on February 9th. Please only register for one of these days.)
Use the links below to register for the workshops. (Space is limited, so register early.)

RISE (Robotics Inspired STEM Education) UP Mentoring Program Manager

FIRST Chesapeake has received a generous grant through Qualcomm to support a part time contracted position in the Blacksburg/New River Valley area of Virginia for January-November 2021. This paid position will help support a new peer to peer initiative in Montgomery, Giles, and Pulaski counties that will bring together mentors from veteran teams and the community to assist at least 5 rookie or struggling FLL or FTC teams. 

Please see our Careers page for more information, the deadline, and how to apply.

No phone calls, please.

You are invited to attend a virtual Town Hall Tuesday, January 19th, at 6:00pm on Twitch-
We will give updates on the FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition
2020-21 seasons and answer your questions.
If you have questions that you would like to see addressed during the Town Hall, please submit them here. We will answer as many questions as time permits.
A recording of the town hall will be available later on YouTube for those unable to attend.
FIRST Chesapeake is pleased to announce the 2021 Reaching for the Stars: Outstanding Women in STEM Award will be presented to Lyn McDermid at the third annual Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Leidos on February 2, 2021.
The third annual Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Leidos will be a virtual, live-broadcast event from Leidos Headquarters in Reston, Virginia. This year, in-person attendance will be limited to speakers and honorees, broadcasting live on February 2, 2021 beginning at 8:30AM. For more information about the event or sponsoring women in STEM initiatives, contact Katarina Spears at  or 804.754.6503.

Inclement Weather


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