January 2019
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It's a brand new quarter and a brand new   newsletter! 
And it's more fun than a suitcase full of horsehair.  

3, 2, 1... Launch!

Everyone is excited about the new FIRST space theme! There is a lot of news to share- Inaugural Scrimmage Event, Grant Announcements, Women in STEM Breakfast, Dean's List, Events Calendar,  and more- whew !!

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

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Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Rolls-Royce
Doris Blanchard, one of NASA's first human computers, was honored at FIRST Chesapeake's inaugural Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast sponsored by Rolls-Royce on January 17th.  This inspirational event was created to celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional women leaders in STEM and aspiring female technology leaders.

Catherine Kosiba, Leslie Lytle, and Jessica Aujla were also awarded educational scholarships sponsored by LMI. 

Thank you to our sponsors who helped make the first Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast Sponsored by Rolls-Royce a success! 
Rolls-Royce- Title Sponsor
LMI- Scholarship Sponsor

Full press release: https://bit.ly/2FINOjC

Bettina Welsh, LMI CFO, and student  scholarship winners
Chelsea Bowen (Rolls-Royce) presenting award to Doris Blanchard
Inaugural Richmond City Schools Scrimmage
In early December, students from Richmond City and Eastern Henrico County competed in the inaugural FIRST Tech Challenge Robotic Scrimmage at Richmond Community High School.

ftc richmond scrimmage Hosted by FIRST Chesapeake and Richmond Community High School with support from NextUp RVA and sponsored by the Brookfield Foundation, the event brought together middle and high school students from Richmond Community High School, John Marshall High School, Franklin Military Academy, Boushall Middle School, Lucille M. Brown Middle School, Henderson Middle School, and Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School.
The students worked for over eight weeks to design and build their robots for the  FIRST Rover Ruckus Challenge.  Almost 30 volunteers from Dominion Energy showed up to help set up the fields, judge, inspect robots, referee, and cheer on the teams.
FIRST Chesapeake Board member and Dominion Energy Vice President, Eastern Pipeline Engineering & Construction - Gas Infrastructure Group, Cristie Neller, stepped up to act as Master of Ceremonies and Game announcer during the event.
Autumn Nabors, RPS Director of Curriculum and Instruction, spoke at Opening Ceremonies.  "Innovation is messy and we need to be willing to be part of the mess as we do the important work for students with an inaugural event such as this. Robotics helps to build critical and creative thinking, teamwork, perseverance and so much more. I'm thankful to great partners like FIRST Chesapeake for providing these opportunities for our children."
richmond scrimmage volunteers
Dominion Energy Volunteers
   ftc richmond scrimmage
Mentor and Volunteer Lounge Sponsored by Aerojet Rocketdyne at FTC Orange VA Qualifier

Thank you Aerojet Rocketdyne for your support of  FIRST Chesapeake and sponsoring the Mentor and Volunteer Lounge at the  FIRST Tech Challenge Orange Qualifier! 

Mentors and Volunteers were able to enjoy snacks and coffee while watching the livefeed of the matches. 

Special thank you to Candace Green-Perry, Senior Engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne, for sharing your story and welcoming our guests during opening ceremonies.

General Dynamics Information Technology Proudly Sponsors
FTC Haymarket Qualifier at Battlefield High School
"What an amazing experience. .... Being there and experiencing the day is invaluable for rookie  teams," is how one  team member described the  FIRST Tech Challenge Haymarket Qualifier Sponsored by General Dynamics Information Technology at Battlefield High School. Competition is a crucial element to our program as it gives students, mentors, and coaches the opportunity to meet other  teams, share challenges, and learn from successes. 

General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) was proud to be the title sponsor of the  FIRST Tech Challenge Haymarket Qualifier. Ash Betchar, a GDIT employee, enjoyed watching the matches, meeting students and handing out GDIT swag. General Dynamics was happy to support all the  teams attending the event.  

Thank you GDIT for your continued support of  FIRST Chesapeake! 

Upcoming Events Calendar
Here are some upcoming FIRST and STEM-related events. Click through the links  for more information or visit the 
FIRST Chesapeake Events calendar
 for even more event listings.
Learn more about volunteering with FIRST Chesapeake here.
Showbest Grant Award Winners Announced
Showbest Fixture Corporation has generously funded grants for 13  FIRST Robotics Competition teams in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia for the 2018-2019 competition season.

We are happy to  announce  the following winners:

Team 612 - Chantilly Robotics
Team 4472 - SuperNOVA
Team 1629 - Garrett Coalition (GaCo)
Team 5243 - Aegis Robotics
Team 1727 - Rex
Team 5279 - Bionic Eagles
Team 2106 - Junkyard Dogs
Team 5954 - Portable Chargers
Team 2377 - C Company
Team 1080 - Resurgence Robotis
Team 2998 - The Vikingbots
Team 7770 - Infinite Voltage
Team 401 - Copperhead Robotics

FIRST Chesapeake is grateful to Showbest for their support and thanks them for partnering with us to encourage youth to become science and technology leaders.
Newport News Shipbuilding Grant Winners
Once again, funding to FIRST Robotics Competition 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.
FRC Dean's List Submissions

If you are planning on submitting nominations for the Dean's List for FIRST Robotics Competition, the submissions deadline is February 14 at 3:00 pm EST.

For more information about the Dean's List, click here.
We Need YOU to Volunteer for Upcoming Events
Do you have parents or student team members with some time on their hands? We could use their help at these upcoming events:
Technical experience NOT REQUIRED! We have many jobs that just require someone willing to help. Positions available for as short as 2 hours or as long as all day. Minimum age 13.

The sooner people sign up, the better chance they have of getting the job they want.

Need volunteer hours for a club or honor society? We'll sign paperwork for you as well!

Go to our webpage for more information, or click here to sign up NOW.
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