Jan 8, 2019

Project Update for STEM Leadership Programs Jan'19

FTC Charlottesville Qualifier Sponsored by Micron
FTC Charlottesville Qualifier Sponsored by Micron

 “FIRST helped introduce me to programming and robotics outside of a computer! I think it is an awesome program and a great way to introduce prospective scientist to real world problems."

- John Moody, FIRST alumni

We love to share testimonies like this, to show you how meaningful and life-changing support of FIRST Chesapeake and the children of DC, MD, and VA can be. Our programs help develop the technical and non-technical life skills needed for students to be successful in future academic and career efforts. 

After receiving an engineering degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, John is now working as a Robotics Application Engineer with a Richmond VA robotics company.  Success!

Here are the highlights of our season so far:

  • With over half of the 2018-19 season FIRST Tech Challenge events completed, we are pleased to have 180+ Virginia teams learning, working together, and getting chances to compete. We’ve had good luck weather-wise and all events so far have taken place as planned.
  • The inaugural Richmond City Schools FTC Robotics Scrimmage was held in mid-December with over 60 students competing for the first time ever. This event was many years in the making and was made possible with the help and support of many local organizations, the Richmond City school administration, the Brookfield Foundation, Dominion Energy volunteers, and the FRC 422 Mech Tech Dragons robotics team.
  • FIRST Chesapeake has organized workshops for students and has supported robotics teams and affiliated FIRST organizations with their workshops, off-season events, and scrimmages in Virginia and Maryland this season.
  • The FIRST Robotics Competition season officially begins on Saturday January 5th, with the FRC Kickoff and Workshops at VCU Sponsored by InSource Solutions, as well as Kick Offs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Hampton Roads, Virginia. We are pleased to have 128 teams competing this season at 7 District events and the District Championship at George Mason University. Total anticipated attendance at these events is 47,000 with approximately 100,000 unique live feed views in March and April 2019.
  • The first Women in STEM Breakfast: Sponsored by Rolls-Royce will take place on January 17th at UVA’s Darden Campus in Arlington, VA. This event recognizes outstanding women in STEM from yesterday, today and tomorrow and includes three scholarship awards to young women in FIRST Chesapeake teams.
  • FIRST Chesapeake has emphasized the importance of bringing more FIRST programs into middle and high schools this season. This year, FIRST Chesapeake has exhibited at both the Maryland and Virginia School board conferences, resulting in the potential introduction of FIRST programs in 6 new school districts in Maryland and Virginia. FIRST programs have also been recognized as a “sport” by the Virginia High School League, and FIRST high school team members will become eligible to letter in that sport beginning in the Fall of 2019.
  • So far we have awarded over $70,000 in competitive team grants, scholarships, and outreach support through the generous sponsorship of Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, LMI, Showbest Fixtures, Canon, and other corporate partners.

We appreciate the support of individuals and corporations who help us continue to do what we do best - build a strong and engaged community of future technology leaders in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

gracious professionalism
gracious professionalism
FIRST Chesapeake District Richmond Event
FIRST Chesapeake District Richmond Event
FTC Richmond City Schools Scrimmage
FTC Richmond City Schools Scrimmage

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Oct 1, 2018

Project Update for STEM Leadership Programs Sep '18

Volunteers
Volunteers

FIRST is simply the best program my kids have been part of. Truly awesome and life-changing program.”  - review from a parent

We are off to another exciting season, and we first and formost want to thank you, our supporters and donors who make these programs possible for the children of DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

FIRST Chesapeake continues to engage students with direct hands on programs using robotics as the "vehicle" to develop the technical and non-technical life skills to be successful in future academic and career efforts.  FIRST Chesapeake has been scheduling venues and dates for more than 20 workshops and competitions in 2018-19, and working with organizations that provide off-season scrimmages and matches.  Our event schedule includes:

9/8/2018              FTC Kickoff and Workshops Sponsored by ECPI University (ECPI Campus-Glen Allen, VA and Manassas, VA)

11/10/2018         FIRST Robotics Competition Workshops Sponsored by InSource Solutions (VCU, Richmond, VA)

11/17/2018         FIRST Tech Challenge Orange Qualifier (Orange County H.S, Orange, VA)

12/1/2018            FIRST Tech Challenge Greater Richmond Qualifier (Lloyd C. Bird H.S., Chesterfield, VA)

12/1/2018            FIRST Tech Challenge Haymarket Qualifier Sponsored by General Dynamics Information Technology (Battlefield H.S., Haymarket, VA)

12/8/2018            FIRST Tech Challenge Newport News Qualifier (Heritage H.S., Newport News, VA)

12/8/2018            FIRST Tech Challenge Christiansburg Qualifier (Christiansburg M.S., Christiansburg, VA)

12/16/2018         FIRST Tech Challenge Centreville Qualifier (Centerville H.S., Clifton, VA)

1/5/2019              FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff and Game Reveal Sponsored by InSource Solutions    (worldwide)

1/5/2019              FIRST Tech Challenge Charlottesville Qualifier Hosted by University of Virginia School of Engineering (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA)

1/12/2019            FIRST Tech Challenge SWCC Richlands Qualifier (Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands, VA)

1/13/2019            FIRST Tech Challenge Reston Qualifier (South Lakes H.S., Reston, VA)

2/2/2019              FIRST Tech Challenge VA Championship Sponsored by ECPI University (Atlee H.S., Mechanicsville, VA)

3/1-3/19              FIRST Chesapeake District Richmond VA Event (Deep Run H.S., Glen Allen, VA)

3/1-3/19               FIRST Chesapeake District Haymarket VA Event (Battlefield H.S., Haymarket, VA)

3/8-10/19            FIRST Chesapeake District Bethesda MD Event (Walt Whitman H.S., Bethesda, MD)

3/15-17/19          FIRST Chesapeake District Ownings Mill MD Event (McDonogh School, Owings Mill, MD)

3/15-17/19         FIRST Chesapeake District Portsmouth VA Event Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding (Churchland H.S., Portsmouth, VA)

3/22-24/19          FIRST Chesapeake District Oxon Hill MD Event (Oxon Hill H.S., Oxon Hill, MD)

3/29-31/19          FIRST Chesapeake District Blacksburg VA Event (Blacksburg H.S., Blacksburg, VA)

3/10-13/19         FIRST Chesapeake District Championship (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA)

This year’s space theme to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing is energizing and inspiring our teams.  Our FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff and Workshops Sponsored by ECPI University was held in September at 2 campus locations, each filled to capacity. Sessions were available online as well to teams who were unable to attend in person.

As always, volunteers are the key to our success. We are always glad to welcome new volunteers- whether your skills are technical or not, all are needed, and we would love for you to join us.  A qualifying tournament in the FIRST Robotics Competition or the FIRST Tech Challenge can require up to 100 volunteers each day. The Championships need more than 120 volunteers, both technical and non-technical, per day. https://www.firstchesapeake.org/volunteer

FIRST Chesapeake appreciates the support of individuals and corporations who help us continue to do what we do best - build a strong and engaged community of future technology leaders in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

FIRST Tech Challenge team celebrating
FIRST Tech Challenge team celebrating
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gracious professionalism
FIRST Robotics Competition team
FIRST Robotics Competition team
Excited spectators
Excited spectators

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Jun 13, 2018

FIRST Chesapeake District Championship

Student "pit" Tour
Student "pit" Tour
Dear Friend,
Thank you for supporting the 5,700 students, grades 7-12, that participated in FIRST Chesapeake teams this past season! Together, we provided a leadership experience that develops 21-century skills which will prepare students for tomorrow's workforce.
Read on to learn where your dollars have made an impact:
  • FIRST Chesapeake District Championship: At the beginning of April, we welcomed 60 of the best and brightest high school FRC robotics teams (1,500+ students) from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia to compete at the University of Maryland College Park Xfinity Center to earn a spot at the FIRST “World” Championship in Detroit. During this event, we had 10,000+ attendees as well as 12,000+ "Live stream sponsored by Northrop Grumman" views.
  • FIRST "World" Championship in Detroit: FIRST Chesapeake proudly sent 26 teams to compete against other qualified robotics teams from all over the world! Of these teams, eleven FRC teams made it to the championship semi-finals! One of our teams won the Judge's award. 
  • Without these competitions, our students would miss out on a crucial learning component - trial and error. Every time their robot competes, the students learn more and more about making improvements on their robot as well as learning a different technique from another team. 
Thank you for your support of FIRST Chesapeake and making this season a success!
We hope to see you next season!

Thank you - 
Judge's Waving
Judge's Waving
 
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