About FIRST Chesapeake
VirginiaFIRST dba FIRST Chesapeake is a 20+ year old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Using the robot as the vehicle, FIRST Chesapeake programs reinforce STEM-based concepts while teaching valuable life skills such as leadership, innovation, and self-confidence. FIRST Chesapeake directly serves over 8,000 middle and high school students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia every year.
FIRST Chesapeake strives to inspire young people to become science and technology innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs. Young people who participate in FIRST Chesapeake programs are 45% more likely to pursue an engineering or computer science degree and report their self-confidence and desire to learn doubled after participating in the program.