Apply now–Grants to FTC teams for 2017-18 Season

This message to old and new FIRST Tech Challenge teams comes directly from Ken Johnson, FTC program director:

Through generous donations, need-based grants are available for both rookie and veteran FIRST® Tech Challenge teams – making now the perfect time to join our community of passionate learners.

Rookie (new) teams can apply for a $275 registration grant, and another $275 to help pay for materials. Existing teams can apply to receive a $275 registration grant to cover the full cost of the season registration. Simply click here, or on the button below, and follow the instructions to apply:

Apply for a Grant

Remember: No prior experience with robotics is necessary to start a team. Learn more about FIRST Tech Challenge, and register your team today!


When you click the button, you’ll see FSR friend and PA Tech Challenge director, Tom Zawislak, too!

Looking back- FLL 2017 Season

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Last FLL competition season’s Animal Allies challenge brought Delaware students together to create impressive solutions to real problems… also requiring them to work together to build amazing, graciously professional teams. Teams— you inspired each other as well as the judges and referees.

Before we all get into the next challenge, here’s a look back on some of the fun times, great spirit and awesome costumes- including photos from the first-ever qualifier event at Delaware Boys and Girls Club in Dover and the exciting state championship at Delaware State University. Enjoy!


MOE FSR Mid-season report

Here’s the mid-season report from Mr. MOE, John Larock, including a recap of game highlights from the Seneca District event :
WOW!  What a weekend!
For those of you who might have been hibernating this weekend, here is a summary of the Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) Seneca District Competition:
MOE was 10-2 in qualification matches (some nail-bitingly close) and ranked #2, missing the #1 rank by a late qualifying 4-rotor match by team 3941, The Metal Moose, who took #1.
MOE was able to captain our own alliance, consisting of Team 5895, Peddie School Robotics and 3167, the Mechanical Misfits.
After getting off to a rocky start, the alliance got into it’s stride and by the semi-finals was on fire, beating an alliance led by Team 272 which put up two 400+ point, 4-rotor matches in the quarter-finals.
The finals included game-play that the MAR district has not yet seen, fuel (balls) being a critical part of the strategy for both alliances.  MOE lost a close first match and won the second close match.  Our alliance got behind on the third match, but won out as Team 219, alliance captain of the opposing alliance, could not get their climb.
So, MOE and our alliance win Seneca!
In addition, the team was recognized with the Innovation in Control award for our consistent autonomous program and target tracking.
Arynn Hernandez, our Safety Captain, was selected as Safety Star of the Day and MOE was a Safety Award finalist.
And on top of that, MOE 365 is ranked the #1 team in the MAR District, tied in points with team 103 – Cybersonics.  Info on MAR Rankings is here:
Want to relive some of the excitement this past weekend, here is the FIRST Mid-Atlantic Event YouTube Channel: (make sure you go to 2017 events)
Next up for the team:  
  • Mid-Atlantic Robotics Championship (Lehigh – April 6-8)
  • FIRST World Championship – Houston (April 19-23)
  • Fans, friends, and family can follow them on facebook