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.

Countdown continues

At FSR, we know how hard it is to wait! FLL, FLLJr, and FTC challenge release dates are right around the corner.

So,with excitement growing, and with thanks to FTC team 8390–Nerd Herd–from Charlottesville, VA, here’s a little Kickoff shuffle to help us get ready!

To all rookie teams– Welcome! We’re so excited to have you. It’s going to be another great year. 

2016 Duel on the Delaware


In two action-packed robotic events this October 22, robots are coming to the Davidow Fieldhouse at Salem Community College in Carneys Point Township, New Jersey.

FIRST Robotics Challenge

At the Duel on the Delaware, an off-season FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) competition, over 30 teams of high school students from the mid-Atlantic area go head to head in one more opportunity to play last season’s game. The annual event, co-hosted by FSR team, MOE 365 and FRC 316, the Lunatecs kicks off at 8:45 am and goes till 5 pm. 

FIRST Tech Challenge 

At the Duel on the Delaware FTC Rookie Training, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) first year teams from around the region will mark the opening of 2016-17 season and participate in robotics workshops and an informal scrimmage jointly sponsored by Diamond State FTC, New Jersey FTC and Pennsylvania FTC. The middle school and high school- aged students are challenged each September to design and build robots for a brand new game. This event is invitation-only.

  • New game release info here.
  • To inquire about the Duel on the Delaware FTC Rookie Training, contact Joe Perrotto at

Online advice for new FLL leaders

Hey, Coach! Are you new to FIRST LEGO League?

There are online resources that can guide you through your rookie year… Called FIRST Steps…. it’s a blog just for you.

Check it out here

Don’t forget to sign up for rookie funding through First State Robotics here

We’re looking forward to a great year- see you soon!