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®) – grades 7 to 12
• FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) – high school

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

To view non-profit approval and documents of incorporation, click here.


Get ready for the Delaware STEM Expo! You’re invited to meet and mingle with representatives from local STEM organizations at a free public event Saturday March 7 at Cab Calloway School of the Performing Arts in Wilmington.

Over 20 educational and business groups will be on hand with information, exhibits, and demonstrations for visitors of all ages. Doors open 1 pm.

Also scheduled, the exclusive documentary film, SlingShot, at 2pm. For more information on the film and to purchase film tickets, please go to

Scheduled Expo groups include

* First State  Junior FIRST LEGO League

* First State FIRST LEGO League

* FIRST Tech Challenge – Team MOE 365

* FIRST Tech Challenge – Team Rhyme Know Reason

* FIRST Robotics Competition-Team MOE 365

* FIRST State Robotics

* University of DE – Mechanical Engineering Student Squad (MESS)

* Perry Initiative

* Delaware Museum of Natural History

* University of DE Department of Physical Therapy

* AI du Pont Children’s Hospital

* University of DE Formula Society of Automotive Engineers Team (FSAE)

* FAME (Forum for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering)

* UD Engineers without Borders

* ILC Dover

* Delaware Bio

* Delaware Nature Society

* Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council

* Latin American Community Center (LACC)

* Delaware STEM Council

* growingSTEMS

Applications open for robotics summer camp at two DSU sites

Announcing two locations–  Dover and Wilmington!

Notice from Delaware State University summer camp website:

Do you want to give your child a jump-start on a high paying, exciting career in the future, all while having fun? The LEGO Mindstorm Robotics camps at BOTH Delaware State University’ s Dover Campus and its Wilmington (Kirkwood Highway) Site* are a perfect way to do just that.

This program will allow students to develop skills in science, mathematics, technology and engineering…. while promoting teamwork, cooperative learning and computer programming skills.

Legos! Legos! Legos! | Grades K-3 | Cost $125 each.

•June 8 – 12, June 22 – 26, July 6 – 10, July 20 – 24 and August 3 – 7 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

MindStorm Robotics | Grades 4-8 | Cost $125 each.

•Beginner | June 8-12, July 6-10 and 27-31 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

•Intermediate | June 15 – 19, July 13 – 17 and August 3 – 7 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

•Expert | June 22 – 26 and July 20 – 24 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

•MindStorm Robotics Classified Shhh…Top Secret!!!!!! | August 10-15 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

*Kirkwood Dates— Kirkwood Highway Site| July 6-10, 20-24 and 27-31 | 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Click on the link here to get more info or contact Teshenia Hughes at 302.857.6824

Diamond State FTC Championship Firsts


FIRST Tech Challenge

Last Saturday January 31, at Delaware State University, two Wilmington robotics teams affiliated with First State Robotics achieved important “firsts.” The Miracles of Engineering (MOE) FTC team became the first Delaware team to ever advance from the annual Diamond State Championship to the Northeast super-regional tournament in Scranton (March 19-21). As part of the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC), the 11-student team earned second place for the Inspire Award, the highest award given at an FTC competition, and was also first partner on the winning alliance in the field competition. This is MOEs second year to compete against other high ranking teams at the Northeast super-regional tournament.

Amy and Emma with FIRST president, Don Bussi (left) and DE FTC director, Eric Cheek (right)

Amy and Emma with FIRST president, Don Bussi (left) and DE FTC director, Eric Cheek (right)

In another “first”, Amy Andrews and Emma Onstad, two members of the team Rhyme Know Reason , became the first FTC students in Delaware to become finalists for the Dean’s List. This award is part of an effort by US FIRST® and the family of Dean Kamen (inventor and founder of FIRST®) to recognize young leaders in FTC throughout the world. The girls will compete with finalists from other events to become one of the top ten international Dean’s List winners. Their team, Rhyme Know Reason (with four students), earned the Think Award at DSU, the second highest judged award at the competition.

Both teams will demonstrate their robotics skills for the public at DE STEM Expo on Saturday, March 7 at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington. First State Robotics will host a STEM Expo and screening of the documentary movie “SlingShot. ” This event is sponsored in part by the Kenny Family Foundation.

For more info on STEM Expo and film screening, see or!/delawareslingshot

Congratulations to all Diamond State Championship FTC award winners!

Click here for more award winners