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.

Spring schedule of Delaware’s JFLL and FLL events

What happens at a JrFLL Expo? They are fun-filled events celebrating young students STEM work on this year’s challenge–Creature Craze. This year FS JrFLL is hosting 3 Jr.FLL EXPO Events:

  • January 28, 2017 @ Early College High School at Delaware State University, 1570 North Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
  • February 25, 2017 @ Delaware State University, 1200 North Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901
  • March 11, 2017 @ Saint Mary Magdalen School, 9 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE

* The Jr. FLL EXPO event at Saint Mary Magdalen is being used to highlight STEM in parochial schools. First preference will be given to parochial schools. It will be a 32 team event. We are anticipating 20-24 of those teams to be St. Mary Magdalen teams. The remaining available slots will be open to other teams!!!

What about First State FIRST LEGO League team events? They are exciting opportunities to showcase your project, team work, engineering, and computer coding skills to panels of judges– then race against the clock to see which robots can post the highest scores. This year’s challenge is called Animal Allies. 

FS FLL will host 3 Qualifying Events this season. Each team can only register & attend one Qualifier Event. This year’s locations for the Qualifiers are

  • Dec. 10, 2016 @ Conrad Schools of Science, 201 Jackson Ave., Wilmington, DE 19804
  • Jan. 14, 2017 @ Junior Achievement of Delaware, 522 South Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Jan. 28, 2017 @ Early College High School @ Delaware State University, 1570 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

A number of teams from each Qualifier will advance to the Champion’s Tournament.

The Champion’s Tournament will take approximately 36 teams and is scheduled for February 25, 2017 at Delaware State University.

For more information visit the First State FLL and JFLL website here

 2016 Duel on the Delaware champions

Three high school teams formed the winning alliance at Saturday’s 2016 Duel on the Delaware–from Philadelphia, FRC 341 MissDaisy, from Downingtown FRC 1640 Sa-BOT-age, and from South Jersey, FRC 5420 Velocity.  

The annual “off season” event, held at Salem Community College in Carneys Point, NJ, is cosponsored by southern NJ team 316, the Lu-na-tecs, and FSR team, MOE365, the Miracle Workerz.

In another competition, teams collect and donate books for Success Won’t Wait– a Wilmington-based charity that distributes books to children’s charities, hospitals, and other organizations serving people in the tri-state area. Top winners receive a trophy  for the most books (by weight). The event total this year was over 11,500 pounds of books and the 2016 book drive winners were Team 271, the Mechanical Marauders from Bay Shore, NY.