First State Robotics… Join us


First State Robotics is a Delaware 501(c)(3) nonprofit that fosters a love of science and technology by engaging students in the engineering design process and in robotics competitions while promoting the core value of gracious professionalism.

Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. Created in 2001, we inspire and motivate young people to extend learning beyond the classroom in order to-

• Develop and pursue interests in science, engineering, and technology
• Become confident, independent, and responsible
• Use creative thinking and problem-solving to make a difference in the world

Our robotics programs and affiliate partners impact students of all ages:

• Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) – grades k to 4
• FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) – grades 5 to 8
• FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) – high school
• FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) – high school

Our annual local and statewide competition events are free and open to the public.

FSR praised for inspiring, educating DE youth

In a recent editorial in Delaware News Journal, Ted Kaufman, an engineer, former US senator and long-time advocate of STEM and engineering education, spotlights our organization– First State Robotics– along with Delaware Technology Student Association (DETSA) for providing opportunities for Delaware students to explore STEM as a possible career choice. Sen. Kauffman believes all students should learn that engineering can be fun; engineers make a difference; and anyone can become an engineer.

Read here:

STEM programs show promise for future generations A new Brookings Institute report should encourage kids to consider a STEM education, career

Also of interest:

Brief video excerpt from C-SPAN of Sen. Kaufmann’s ‘First State Robotics’ Senate floor speech, given September 2009 (from University of Delaware Library Exhibits)

Axalta FTC scholarship awarded

Congratulations to Noah Andrews, a member of MOE FTC, for his recent scholarship award from FSR sponsor Axalta Coating Systems. Read more about the scholarship presentation from Axalta’s newsroom here.


Noah Andrews and MOE FTC teammates  Photo from Axalta Coating Systems website

Noah Andrews and MOE FTC teammates
Photo from Axalta Coating Systems website

Start up grants for new FTC teams

For the upcoming 2014- 2015 season, new FTC teams may be eligible for grants from FIRST. Grants are for $275 and cover first year registration fees. Teams are responsible for raising additional funds for robot kits, event registration, and any team expenses.

For more information and to apply:

FTC grant info

FTC sample budget 2014-15

Grant-related questions should be directed to Questions about Delaware team registration should be directed to

Photo: A.Groisman

Photo: A.Groisman