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.

Help support youth robotics programs 

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Registration for 2015 FLL and FTC teams

FSR announces team registration has begun for the 2015 FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® Tech Challenge season.

  • Register an FLL team or learn about how to start an FLL team- click here
  • Register an FTC team or learn about starting an FTC team-  click here

Upcoming announcements

Coming  in August 2015– Junior FIRST® LEGO® League Waste Wise Challenge

August 25, 2015- FIRST® LEGO® League will release the Trash Trek Challenge

September 12, 2015– FIRST® Tech Challenge will kick-off the 2015 season and reveal the new game design

Inaugural award goes to Haley Chambers



How do you honor two men known for their personal integrity and commitment to others? And– How do you keep it a secret when one of them is a gifted communicator who leads the organization?


At last May’s  2014-2015 MOE FRC’s Annual Picnic, the wife and children of one of MOEs founding mentors, John Larock did just that—and more. For his milestone birthday, they unveiled a new annual student award in memory of John’s father, the John Anthony Larock, Sr. Memorial Award.


The award is intended to acknowledge and celebrate one outstanding student who demonstrates values attributed to Mr. Larock, Sr. –a strong work ethic and gracious professionalism.  


In conjunction with the board and a selected group of mentors, the 2014-2015 award was presented to an active and dedicated member of the MOE team, Haley Chambers, a junior at A.I. DuPont High School.  Haley was recognized for her tireless work to promote the team both as an ambassador and as a student member. Mentors were unanimous in their choice of Haley who is known for her kindness and humility, as well as her dedication and volunteerism. 

In establishing the award, Mrs. Larock noted that while any student is eligible to win the award, they cannot win two years in a row.  Also, if mentors determine that there is not a suitable candidate, the award might not be presented that year.  A plaque will be engraved listing each year’s winner — starting with Haley. In addition, the winners receive a certificate and cash award. Congratulations, Haley!