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VirginiaFIRST Executive Director Pattie Cook speaks to the crowd at the 2012 FTC Championship, Arthur Ashe Center in Richmond, VA

VirginiaFIRST is the regional 501(c)(3) operation of FIRST, an international non-profit organization headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire. The mission of FIRST is to design accessible, innovative programs that build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills in young people, while motivating them to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. VirginiaFIRST works to bring the exciting and challenging activities, events, and opportunities of FIRST to Virginia youth.

VirginiaFIRST, in conjunction with its FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge program partners, offers a progression of four programs for youth in grades K to 12, ages 6-18. With assistance from our sponsors, coaches, mentors and friends, FIRST programs challenge and inspire over 5,000 Virginia students on more than 500 teams across the state each year. And, we continue to grow!

VirginiaFIRST offers year round activities that keep students involved and engaged in hands-on learning opportunities: these include workshops, scrimmages, presentations, exhibits, camps, and competitions.

VirginiaFIRST is part of the National Capital Region (NRC), which also encompasses Washington, DC and Maryland. The NCR was created to coordinate FIRST programs across the region and provide additional resources, activities, and opportunities for students in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

You can learn more about the four FIRST programs below:

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Upcoming Events

Thu Sep 18 @ 6:00AM - 06:00PM
Support VirginiaFIRST- Participate in the Amazing Raise!
Sat Sep 20 @ 8:00AM - 01:00PM
FTC Workshop Southwest Virginia Community College
Sat Sep 27 @12:00AM
Sat Sep 27 @ 8:00AM - 03:00PM
FTC Workshops at VCU
Sat Sep 27 @10:00AM - 05:00PM
RVA Maker Fest at the Science Museum of Virginia
Fri Oct 03 @10:00AM - 03:00PM
Virginia Manufacturing Day
Sat Oct 04 @12:00AM
Rumble in the Roads!