March 2017
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It's a brand new month and a brand new   newsletter! 
And it's more exciting than a skunk on a school bus .  

Competitions Are Here! Don't Panic!  

As you will see, we have many great things  to share- Event Results, Alumni Spotlight, Upcoming events,   and more- whew !!

So hold on to your V-8-  a nd keep reading for these topics  and more.

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ftcFTC Championship 

The FIRST Tech Challenge Virginia State Championship was a fabulous day! On February 25th 52 teams competed for the chance to advance to the FTC East Super-Regional in Pennsylvania. We are grateful to Virginia Episcopal School for hosting this event.

Congratulations to these 12 teams who will advance:

965  League of Incompetent Gentlemen
4634  FROGbots
4924  Tuxedo Pandas
5414  TRI Robotics
6700  X BOTS
7039  Lord of the Bricks
7117  The Blockheads
8297  Geared UP!
9073  Knightrix
9901  Techie Titans
10358  Squatch Watch
11362  M Cubed Robotics

2017 FTC VA State Champs
Upcoming Events Calendar
Here are some upcoming FIRST and STEM-related events. Click through the links  for more information or visit the FIRST Chesapeake calendar
Learn more about volunteering with FIRST Chesapeake here.
Looking for STEM Summer Camps

Does your organization sponsor a STEM summer camp? If so, we'd love to feature it on our website. 

Email Julie Miller ( ) to have your camp included in our STEM summer camp list.   
All participants in VirginiaFIRST / FIRST Chesapeake competitions, including teams (students, coaches and/or mentors) and volunteers, must fill out the 2016-17 season VirginiaFIRST Consent and Release form before attending/participating in events. This is in addition to the FIRST Consent form in STIMS and VIMS!!!

This includes both the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program in Virginia and FIRST  Robotics Competition (FRC) program in DC, MD and VA.

We are happy to tell you that the form is now available online for your convenience. And as an added bonus, as each student submits the form, his/her coach will receive an automated confirmation of that student's form completion, so long as the student put the coach's email address on the form.

Coaches: please share this form link with your team members, and please make sure they all know your email address.

You may also print VirginiaFIRST Consent and Release forms and attach to the team roster. You can download the printable form here. A limited number of paper forms will be available at events, but we strongly urge participants to complete the online form ahead of time or print and bring a paper copy to your initial event.

*Please note- whether online or paper, minors' forms require the signature of a parent or guardian.*

Trailer Needed for FRC Championship 
F IRST Chesapeake is looking to borrow a 53' trailer for two weeks (March 27-April 12) to help with the delivery and set up for the District Championship.  

As a District, we receive no assistance from FIRST for the production of the Championship and having a Trailer available will allow us to handle the logistics of the event successfully.  

If you have a suggestion or know of a trailer that could be borrowed by FIRST Chesapeake, please contact Glen Davis at

~ April 6-8, 2017 ~
VCU Siegel Center, Richmond VA
Alumni Updates

Did you know that FIRST Alumni get this exclusive patch to put on their shirt when they volunteer for a FIRST event? 

Are you a FIRST Alumnus(a)? 

Look at the cool stuff you are missing!

and be sure to join our FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Facebook group!

Alumni Spotlight- FIRST  VCU

Numerous colleges and universities have FIRST clubs, and Virginia Commonwealth University is no exception. This month we are highlighting the President and Vice President of FIRSTVCU, Sarah Khori and Mary Elizabeth Lai.

Not every FIRST alum or volunteer is an engineer- Sarah is working on her Economics and Information Systems dual degree, while Mary is a graphic design student. These ladies came to FIRST in different ways as well- Mary joined Team 612 Chantilly Robotics when she was a junior in high school, while Sarah did not get involved until she was a sophomore in college and volunteered for an event.

What do they get out of their involvement with FIRST? Mary wants to use her experience to bring together fine art, design, and STEM fields. Sarah says FIRST has helped her create an outlet for her interest in information systems and robots beyond the scope of the classroom. And like many other FIRST alumni and volunteers, they both have met many people in FIRST and the technology fields that they otherwise would not have met.

Sarah's first event!

Looking for Volunteers!
How do You Want to Be Involved?

Each event requires over 100 volunteers to set up, produce, and pack away, and we'd love to see you at one (or more) of them.

To apply to volunteer, click here or below
 If you have any questions, please contact me at .

Dee Tomczak, Director of Community Engagement, 
FIRST Chesapeake/VirginiaFIRST
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