3/24-25: Robotics Competition

Hundreds of the best and brightest high school students in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland will meet at Blacksburg High School to test their teamwork and ingenuity at the FIRST ROBOTICS Competition FIRST Chesapeake District Southwest Virginia Event. The event is free to the public on Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th, 2018.

WHAT: FIRST Chesapeake District Southwest Virginia Event

WHO: 30+ high school teams and their robots from Virginia, DC and Maryland.

WHEN: March 24th and 25th. Free and open to the public from 8:00am-6:00pm.

WHERE: Blacksburg High School, 2401 Bruin Lane, Blacksburg, VA

More than 30 FIRST Robotics Competition teams from Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland will face off at the FIRST Chesapeake District Southwest Virginia Event. Winners will advance to the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship at the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center, March 29th-31st, 2018. A FIRST LEGO League Junior Expo will also be held on Saturday. All are encouraged to come out, cheer on their favorite high school robotics team, visit interactive “Technology Row”, meet some of FIRST’s youngest future technology leaders, and learn more about FIRST programs. Both days are free and open to the public.

This year’s game, developed by FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is called Power Up. It includes the nostalgia of the video arcade with the excitement of a sports-based robotics competition. The game scenario includes 2, three-team alliances of video game characters and their human operators who are trapped in an arcade game. Each alliance has 3 ways to help defeat the “boss”: Tipping a scale or the alliance’s switch in their favor to earn points, exchanging power cubes for power ups (force, boost, and levitate) to gain a temporary advantage, and climbing a tower to face the “boss” and escape the game.

The 2018 fast-paced challenge not only requires a great design; it also requires well-timed and creative strategies to achieve optimal scores. Teamwork, innovation, and coopertition® will play a tremendous role at the competitions. “While spectators may come to the event thinking it’s all about the robot, they’ll quickly see that the robot is a vehicle that reinforces STEM-based concepts and teaches valuable life skills such as leadership and creativity. We invite families, educators, community leaders, and the public to join us and see ways that they can get involved in helping FIRST Chesapeake build tomorrow’s technology leaders in their communities”, said FIRST Chesapeake Executive Director, Leighann Scott Boland.

Leighann Boland, Executive Director
Phone: (804) 514-7712
Email: LBoland@firstchesapeake.org

Over the next three months, more than 91,000 high school students from around the World will design unique 120-pound robots to compete in the Power Up challenge. Almost 4,000 team members will compete at one or more of 7 District events in Maryland and Virginia. 90,000+ individuals will watch the competitions on the Live Feed Sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation. March 29th-31st, 60 of the highest scoring teams will compete at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship at University of Maryland’s XFINITY Center for a chance to win a spot at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit.

Major sponsors include Micron, Booz Allen Hamilton, Dominion Energy, Bechtel, Leidos, Showbest Fixtures and Newport News Shipbuilding. For more details, visit https://www.firstchesapeake.org/about/sponsors

About FIRST® Chesapeake
FIRST Chesapeake was founded in 2015 as the FIRST Robotics Competition Program brand for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. FIRST Chesapeake and its FIRST partners are planning exceptional events for students K-12 for the 2018 season and beyond. To learn more about FIRST Chesapeake and other FIRST programs, click here. Follow FIRST Chesapeake on Twitter and Facebook