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 and documents of incorporation, click here.

2015 STEM Expo: Recap

Photo by C. Kauffman

Gov. Markell (center) and FSR board members at 2015 STEM Expo

The inaugural DE STEM Expo was a big success! Saturday March 7, there were over 25 exhibitors from education, industry, youth organizations and healthcare offering information and demonstrations to hundreds of visitors from across the region. In addition, two hundred viewers attended the local screening of the award-winning documentary SlingShot about the life and work of inventor and FIRST founder, Dean Kamen.

Thanks to participant organizations and especially to event sponsors which included Sylvan Learning, University of Delaware Horn Center for Entrepreneurship, Hologic, W. L. Gore & Associates, Delaware Bio, and Christiana Care Health System.

Delaware’s FLL World Class Volunteer- China Genwright

photo by L Grusenmeyer

At Delaware’s FLL Champions tournament last February 14, China Genwright was recognized by FSFLL director, Eric Cheek, for the Championship Volunteer Award. 

Dr. Cheek explained that while this year was a major transition year with movement of leadership for FTC, FLL and Jr.FLL to Delaware State University and there was a lot to accomplish, his goal was to  keep the momentum that was going from the years past. 

DSU alum and VISTA volunteer, China Genwright, fully embraced this goal and all three FIRST programs.  She helped to bring FIRST programs to 15 of the 19 school districts in Delaware. She served as a judge in FTC and FLL events; coached students for FLL; served as a referee in one of the qualifiers; and when the head referee for the DSU qualifier became ill 2 weeks before the event, Deb Mousada– recently retired as head FLL ref– recommended China as the head referee for the DSU FLL qualifier. 

Before a crowded assembly room at the Delaware Championship FLL event, Cheek listed her many contributions and announced the award by adding, “For these reasons and the fact that everyone who works with  her loves her professionalism and demeanor, we have selected Ms. China Genwright  as the volunteer of the year for the World Class season in the Delaware Region.” 

Thank you to Next Generation 

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MOE students recieve Next Gen Check

FRC team MOE365 was recently selected as one of Next Generation of Delaware Community Foundation 2015  grant recipients. The $6600 award will support the team’s outreach programs by providing funds to build a demonstration robot and five smaller Tetrix robots to allow visitors the opportunity to drive a robot.

MOE student officers, Mahesh, Sam, and Liz were invited to meet with DCF members to accept the check. Thanks to Next Generation for their generous support!

For more information on Next Generation, click here.

For more on Team MOE, including info on their robot display at Delaware Museum of Natural History, click here.