FIRST Chesapeake FRC Workshops at VCU Sponsored by InSource Solutions

Session information has been added to the FRC Workshops Sponsored by InSource Solutions web page. These Workshops are scheduled to be held at Virginia Commonwealth University on Saturday, November 10th. Please remember to register soon. Registration will close on November 5th, or when the Workshops reach capacity.

Registration is required and is $7.00 per person. This includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

Topics will include: Programming, CAD, Pneumatics, Inspection & Bumpers, Motors & Drive Train, Scouting 101, Safety, Chairman's Project Management, Social Media, etc. Click here for a list of sessions offered. 

Workshop MUST be paid in advance by check or PayPal. Day of event payment is ONLY with prior approval (check preferred, or exact cash amount. No credit card or debit payments can be processed at the event).

Questions? Email Kristin Clemons, Director of Programs, at

FIRST Chesapeake FRC Workshops at VCU Sponsored by InSource Solutions

When: - Sat. Nov. 10th

Location: VCU School of Engineering West Hall, 601 W Main St., Richmond, VA 23284

Register:  Registration link opens Oct. 1st

Cost: $7 per person (included continental breakfast and lunch)

2018 Workshop Descriptions: Sessions will be announced closer to the event date

Workshops for everyone - technical, non-technical, rookie, veteran!

For descriptions of the 2017 workshop sessions, please click here

NASA Opportunities for students!

Program Online Course applications are OPEN for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to apply.

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following STEM opportunities. All of our programs are FREE to all Virginia students.

Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Program for 10th grade students focusing on the missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a Summer Academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Program for 11th or 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to Mars with an online course with a Summer Academy program at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to 4 free dual enrollment credits.

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) – Program for 11th or 12th grade students, VESSS is an interactive, on-line Earth System Science Course featuring NASA scientific research and data. The students can earn up to 5 transferable, free dual enrollment college credits and can also compete to attend a Summer Academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.

Richmond Society of Women Engineers Scholarship

The Richmond section of the Society of Women Engineers is pleased to announce our 2018 scholarship. The SWE Richmond scholarship is a $1000, one-time award, open to women entering the field of engineering or computer science. The eligibility requirements for applicants are as follows.

·       Be a woman in the Richmond area entering her first year of college/university. Applicants must live or attend high school in one of the following municipalities:

o   Cities: Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg

o   Counties: Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, and Prince George

·       Attend an ABET-accredited school to receive a bachelor’s degree.

·       Major in engineering or computer science. Engineering technology programs are not eligible.

·       Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

·       If selected as a scholarship recipient, be able to provide proof of enrollment.

The application is available on our section’s website completed application components must be submitted in pdf format and emailed to no later than April 1, 2018.

Our scholarship was established in 1989 by Dominion Virginia Power and endowed with the SWE Board of Trustees in 2016 with additional corporate and SWE member contributions. The members of SWE are committed to the mission of encouraging engineering as a career choice for young women. 

2017 FIRST Scholarship Opportunities

2017 FIRST Scholarship Opportunities are live! Check out all of the Scholarship Opportunities that are being made available to high-school-level FIRST Participants and Alumni. Don’t forget to check back often as new opportunities are being added all of the time! You can find more online resources via the following links about FIRST Alumni Programs and the FIRST Scholarship Program.

National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT)’s Aspirations in Computing Award: Calling all hackers, coders, and technical high school women! Applications are now open to any U.S. high school woman with computing aspirations. Winners receive scholarships, prizes, and more. 

All teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors, and other educators who encourage girls’ interest and participation in technology pursuits are welcome to apply for the Educator Award.  Winners receive a cash prize for professional development and more.

Over 20% of award winners in the last 3 years have had FIRST experience. Put your experience to work for you and apply soon.  Don’t forget to reference that you are a FIRST program participant on your application (no acronyms, please!).  The deadline for submittal is in early November.  For more information and FAQs, visit the 2017 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award page.

National 4-H Council:  4-H Youth in Action Awards recognize outstanding 4-H’ers who epitomize 4-H youth empowerment and leadership. Four (4) accomplished 4-H’ers who have gained critical life skills through their 4-H experience and have utilized those skills for personal impact and community impact will be selected in each of the following core pillars:

  • Agriculture
  • Citizenship
  • Healthy Living
  • STEM

Last year’s STEM Pillar Winner was Thad Hughes, a FIRST Robotics Competition alum from Illinois.  Thad is now a Mechanical Engineering student (’19) at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

One winner from the four pillar winners will be selected as the 2017 4-H Legacy Award winner. The deadline to submit for the award is Monday, October 24th at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. For more information about the awards, visit: 2017 Youth in Action (Legacy) Awards.

VCU's School of Engineering Dean’s Early Research Initiative (DERI) Application

The VCU School of Engineering is pleased to announce that the application for the Dean’s Early Research Initiative (DERI) is now open.  

The DERI provides an opportunity for high school seniors to work as part of a research team in a School of Engineering lab. DERI students selected this year will work during the summer and all through the next academic year.

Current juniors can apply now to participate in the DERI during their senior year. More detailed information can be found at or by contacting Dr. Lorraine Parker at

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