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 3
• FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) – grades 4 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, documents of incorporation, and tax returns, click here.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest shopping days of the year. This is a great opportunity
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FTC holds scrimmage event at Salem Community College

FSR students report on their experiences at 2015 Duel on the Delaware

FTC Team 8528 displays banner created and donated by teammate, “Hardcore Stitches

FTC Team 8528 displays banner created and donated by teammate, “Hardcore Stitches”

Last October 17, the Duel on the Delaware (near the Delaware River in NJ) was a great chance for our team to share ideas with a variety of other teams and to get some practice on the field with other robots. Our sister team, MOE FTC 365, also attended the event.

In the morning two student members of our team taught an Engineering Notebook workshop to a full classroom of students from roughly ten different teams. We described what an engineering notebook was, why it was important, challenges and how to overcome them and more. After the presentation we shared our old notebook with everyone and shared ideas and advice with them one on one. Thankfully, everyone took a lot of notes and seemed to get a lot out of the workshop. We may even be asked to teach this workshop a third time at another scrimmage. Meanwhile, our teammates were learning programming at other workshops.

The night before the Duel, we worked really hard to make a solid chassis to use in the scrimmages but we didn’t have a second set of technology to install on it. Our Pennsylvania friends, the Flaming Phoenixes, had the tech but not a new chassis; but working together, we had a completely functioning “Flaming Rhymes” robot. At the Duel, we spent the afternoon working on it and competing together while sharing ideas, tools, and drive teams.

As the photo shows, we were proud to display our fantastic new team banner. Overall the day was a fun start to the (almost) competition season!

Submitted by members of Team 8528 Rhyme Know Reason

Deadline extended for Axalta Scholarship applications

Axalta Coating Systems has offered $2500 college scholarship to seniors in Delaware’s FIRST Tech Competion teams.  The scholarship committee has announced an extension to application time frame–  until November 9, 2015

Information about the sponsor, Axalta, as well as the scholarship application and process can be found here.