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Tech Row Champion Bill Palmer and Senator Tim Kaine take in the FRC Virginia Regional at VCU



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There are many exciting FIRST activities and events taking place around Virginia throughout the year. These events are a unique opportunity to see hundreds of students leverage math, science, marketing, and innovation in a team environment where students build robotic solutions to complex problems which are posed to them under real-world conditions. Students, ages 6-18 years old, participate in these FIRST programs which involve research, collaboration with mentors, and, ultimately, strategizing, designing and fabricating a robot to complete various tasks.  Students learn in a pro-active format as they participate in FIRST’s hands-on project-based activities.

These programs positively impact lives, encourage students to pursue higher education, and change students’ attitudes towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects; ultimately, many of the FIRST Alumni are considering careers in STEM- related fields. These young  people will be prepared for the workplace of the future.

Come join us for an action packed fun events where students challenge their minds to develop innovative solutions!


Current News:

FIRST Robots to be in Macy's Parade

Test Driving Robots (October 2013)

Sharing her Passion: FIRST Robotics (August 2013)

Godwin Team Builds a Robot from Cans (August 2013)

Rookie Culpeper Team attends Worlds Championship in St. Louis (May 2013)

Team Tuxedo Pandas Rub Elbows with Wll.i.am (April 2013)

Virginia Teams Win Spots at World Championship (March 2013)

Franklin High School A Team Worth Cheering (March 2013)

Martinsville Team Qualifies (March 2013)

Robotics Team from Henry County Prepares (March 2013)

Mason Robotics Team Reaches Semis (March 2013)

March in Richmond - That Means Robots (March 2013)

Albemarle Advances in Robotics Championship (March 2013)

Tuxedo Pandas Win at State Championship (March 2013)

500 Students Attend Tech Challenge Championship (March 2013)

Students get their Geek on (March 2013)

Organized Chaos (February 2013)

Robot Team Finds New Skills (February 2013)

Teen Robot Builders Battle for FIRST Place (January 2013)

Students Put Robots Through Their Paces (January 2013)

Matoaca High School Robotics Team in Action (January 2013)


Please contact Stan Southworth, Executive Director for additional details about VirginiaFIRST.

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Upcoming Events

Sat May 09 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Battle N The 'Burg
Sat May 30 @12:00AM
STEM Community Day