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.

State Championship events set for this month

Scenes from two recent FLL qualifying events–

First State Robotics 2015/16 qualification events are wrapping up for FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) and FLL (FIRST LEGO League), so top teams will advance to compete for the regional championship and — for FTC teams— a chance to represent Delaware at the East coast FIRST Super-regional in Scranton, PA this March and possibly move on to the FTC World Championship this April in St. Louis, MO.

You are invited to come see what it’s all about…FSR events are free and open to the public.

Diamond State FIRST Tech Challenge Championship

  • February 9, 2016
  • Doors open to teams 7 am- 6 pm
  • Opening ceremony 10:45 am
  • Memorial Hall Gym, Delaware State University, Dover, DE

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2015/2016 First State FLL State Championship Tournament

  • February 20, 2016
  • Event Start Time: 8:00am
  • M L King Student Center, Delaware State University, Dover, DE

More info at

Robot demonstration and STEM outreach

FSR students pose alongside ILC space suit at 2016 DE STEM Council Awards Ceremony

FSR students pose alongside ILC space suit at 2015 DE STEM Council Awards Ceremony

Student representatives of two FSR teams– FRC 365 (MOE) and FTC 8528 (Rhyme Know Reason) — demonstrated their robots and talked about their design process with attendees at the 2015 Delaware STEM Council Educator Award presentation. In addition, FSR board member, Rashmi Kumar, a specialist in STEM learning with the University of Pennsylvania, was featured on a panel discussion– “Building a Culture of Community Learning around STEM.” The event, sponsored by the Delaware STEM Council, was held January 25 at the Chase Center in Wilmington.

Weather postpones FLL and JrFLL events in Dover

Message from Teshenia Hughes, Delaware’s JrFLL director:

Due to the predicted upcoming snow storm especially for our Northern Delaware and New Jersey teams….The DE FLL Staff is postponing the DSU FLL Qualifier and Jr.FLL Expo. We will reschedule the Qualifier and the Expo one week later on January 30, 2016.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact her at