Welcome to VirginiaFIRST

   VirginiaFIRST supports the mission of FIRST   (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)


Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The VirginiaFIRST mission is to make FIRST Mission a reality for every young person in the Commonwealth.


Who We Are

We are the Virginia-based affiliate of FIRST, an international non-profit mentoring organization that was created to excite young people about science and technology, prepare today's students to enter tomorrow's advanced technology-based workplace, and provide them with valuable life skills.We work with our FIRST program partners to bring hands-on project-based learning programs to over 10,000 children. FIRST Programs include the Junior FIRST LEGO®League and FIRST LEGO® League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition.

Get Involved

Our success is based on community support from sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who mentor teams and support activities and events. We hope that you will be excited about the many opportunities that VirginiaFIRST has to offer. Please contact us about supporting a team, volunteering, or sponsoring an event or team.

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Upcoming Events

Sat Jan 03 @ 8:00AM - 11:00PM
FRC Kick Off Broadcast
Sat Jan 10 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
FTC Shenandoah Qualifier
Sat Jan 10 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
FTC Southwest Virginia Qualifier at Southwest Virginia Community College
Sat Jan 24 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
FTC Eastern Virginia Qualifier
Sat Jan 31 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
FTC North Central Qualifier at Orange County High School

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather the day of a VirginiaFIRST FTC or FRC event, please call 804.464.8945 after 5am for updates.