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.

Team recalls their rookie year

Student members of FSR’s amazing rookie FTC team, Rhyme Know Reason, looked back on the year— their challenges, opportunities, and accomplishments— and set goals for the coming season–Rhyme Know Reason 2014

This past season (2014-2015) was our teams rookie year. When we started out on our adventure we had no idea what to expect. We had no name, no history, no parts, and we didnt even know if we could build a working robot. Thankfully, with the help of many gracious individuals, organizations and teams we made it through the year with a cool name, a reputation as an enthusiastic rhyming team, plenty of supplies, and a working robot! 


We started the season by attending workshops and events that were great opportunities for a new team. One of these was a brainstorming session hosted by MOE and Dr. Cheek. After months of designing and building our robot we attended two qualification competitions in Pennsylvania. We were honored to win the Motivate Award and the Think Award. 


After a lot of testing we decided that our first robot design was not working effectively. We ended up changing a major component of our robot the week before our first state level competition. Although it was a good change our robot struggled at Delaware States due to a major mechanical issue. We ended up winning the Think Award again at this competition. Two of our membersEmma and Amy, were also chosen as finalists for the Deans List Award at DE states.


We finished our competition season by competing at Pennsylvania States. We won the Connect Award which was one placement away from qualifying us to Super Regionals. 

However, our season was still not done. We helped FSR host the premier event of Dean Kamens documentary Slingshot. It was a big success and we raised a lot of money for the teams that are a part of FSR.


Well be working all summer to spread STEM throughout our community and to prepare for another great season.



To see the team at work offering robot demonstrations during Robotics Day event, click here   To learn more about the team, visit their website….here.

FSR joins online reward program

Help support First State Robotics by signing up for Amazon Smile. FSR receives 0.5% of all our your purchases on Amazon – at no cost to you. All you need to do is to visit the page at and select First State Robotics. That’s it! Make sure you bookmark the site so your purchases will automatically be included. Thanks for your support!

2015 FLL registration and schedule

2015 Challenge- TRASH TREK 

From FIRST website:

We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up!  In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO® League TRASH TREKSM Challenge, 290,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash.  From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye.  Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash!


  • Team registrations have begun and will be accepted until all slots are filled, usually in early to mid-September. For information about FLL team registration, look here
  • Check here in fall for dates and locations of Delaware  FLL competition events and for more about competition registration info.

May 5, 2015

Registration Opens at NOON ET

Mid May

Orders placed for robots and LEGO accessories will begin to ship to PAID teams

Late July – early August

Field Setup Kits begin to ship

August 25

Global Challenge Release

Mid-late September*

Team Registration Closes / Last Chance to Order Products

November – March

Tournament Season

April 2016

World Festival

For information about what is required for FLL team participation, look here.