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.

Delaware teams to attend international robotics competition

2014 FIRST Robotics Challenge World Championship

2014 FIRST Robotics Challenge World Championship

Two FSR teams– MOE FRC and MOE FTC– travel to St. Louis this week to participate in FIRST World Championship competition events. MOE FRC is scheduled to compete in qualifying rounds on the Galileo field. MOE FTC is scheduled for qualifying rounds on the Edison field.

In addition, two Delaware students, Amy Andrews and Emma Onstad, both from FTC team 8528 are competing for FTC Dean’s list award. The 10 award winners (chosen from 101 finalists) will be announced at the FIRST Championship Opening Ceremony, Thursday, April 23 at 6 P.M. in the America’s Center, Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. 

NASA will be live streaming portions of the Championship event. A link to the NASA streaming page will be available here:

Follow both teams on Twitter @FIRSTMOE365 AND @MOE365FTC

Best of luck to all our students and teams– and have fun!

Photo from by Adriana M. Grossman

FIRST Tech Challenge Summer Camp

Photo by A. Grossman

FTC robot. Photo by A. Grossman

Calling all students in Grades 7-12!

This summer there will be three one-week camps where you can have fun learning to build and program Tetrix and Mindstorm robots.

You’ll also apply real-world math, science and engineering concepts while working in teams to learn about problem-solving, organization, and collaboration. 

To learn more– Contact Teshenia Hughes at 302.857.6824  

Click here to Register for the Camp

Dates– July 13-17; July 20-24; July 27-31

Times– 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Camp location– DSU’s Kirkwood Highway location, Wilmington

Cost– $150/ week


Celebrate National Robotics Week 2015

Join us and others around the US by celebrating National Robotics Week- April 4-12, 2015. According to the National Robotics Week website:

The Purpose of National Robotics Week is to
  • Celebrate the US as a leader in robotics technology development
  • Educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocate for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
  • Inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields

Here are some fun activities and events worth checking out:

  • Mid Atlantic Robotics Regional FRC Championship, Bethlehem, PA, (April 8-11) info and details- click here.
  • Delaware’s Robotics Day events, Wilmington, DE, hosted by FAME and Barclay’s Bank (Saturday April 11) info and free registration- click here.
  • Download and print MOE 365’s tiny 1-page books by clicking on titles here- We Build Robots and Really Cool Robots. (For directions to fold them, click here.)
  • Robot trading cards to download and print- click here.
  • Contest to win a Parrot drone and a Sphero from tickleapp, info and enter- click here.
  • You can download and screen a movie based on a true story–a team of high schoolers who beat the odds by winning a national robotics competition against university students, Underwater Dreamsclick here for trailer.