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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.

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

Area youth put engineering and teamwork skills to the test

Area teams from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Maryland met at Davidow Hall on the Salem Community College campus last Saturday Oct. 18, to test their engineering design and teamwork skills at the 13th annual Duel on the Delaware.

One part- an FRC competition event- was hosted jointly by FRC team 316 from Salem County, NJ and FRC team 365, of Wilmington, DE.

The second part was an FTC workshop and scrimmage event, sponsored by Diamond State FTC, NJ FTC, and PA FTC, three area organizations focused on engaging and inspiring youth through STEM.

In addition, teams competed for largest donation of new and used books to benefit Success Won’t Wait. A total of 12,000 lbs. of books were collected.

Local news coverage and additional pictures can be found here at New Jersey.com.

Your United Way dollars at work

September 26, FSR students held a read-aloud event at the Newark Free Library. Students read from their self-published books, demonstrated remote control robots, talked about their experiences designing and building competition robots, and collected entries for their Draw Your Own Robot Contest, which they co-sponsor with the DE Children’s Museum.

Your United Way support to First State Robotics improves the education of our students in more ways than you may think. Our students participate in outreach events in libraries, schools, museums, and other public venues in order to share what they’ve learned and encourage others to become interested in science, technology and engineering. Through outreach events, FSR volunteer students and mentors multiply the impact of your support many times.

To learn more about designating all or part of your annual United Way funds to FSR, click here.

Thank you for making this possible!

FSFLL to hold 6 qualifier events this season

FSFLL will cosponsor 6 qualifier events this season as well as the final Champions Tournament.  Teams can now register for the 2014-15 season and get ready for the World Class challenge. On October 1, 2014,  online registration opens for the area events at the FSFLL website.

  • December 7, 2014 (tentative) at Rowan University (Wilmington, DE)
  • December 13, 2014 at Conrad School of Science (Wilmington, DE)
  • January 3, 2015 at Patton Middle School (Kennett Square, PA)
  • January 10, 2015 at Oxford Area High School (Oxford, PA)
  • January 10, 2015 at Salem Community College (Carney’s Point Township, NJ)
  • January 17, 2015 at Delaware State University (Dover, DE)

Qualifying winners will advance to the Champions Tournament, scheduled for February 14, 2015 at Delaware State.

Go teams!