Funding grants- New and returning FTC teams

Interested in starting a robotics team? Already have an FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) team? Thanks to DEKA Research and Development Corporation, a generous national supporter of FIRST®,  new and returning FTC Teams (for students in grades 7-12) can take advantage of grant funds to help offset the costs of registration.

  • New teams apply to receive a $750 grant ($275 to cover the full cost of registration and $475 to be used for start-up materials/equipment).
  • Existing teams apply to receive a $275 registration grant to cover the full cost of the season registration.

This opportunity ends on November 2, 2016, so don’t delay! Find out more about the funding and get started here.

FIRST Tech Challenge is fun and rewarding for both students and teachers alike. Using the latest Android technology, students will learn to design, build, and program a robot that operates via an Android device. And, that’s just the beginning! Learn more about FIRST® Tech Challenge and starting a team here.

The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that encourage innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Join a vibrant community of over 400,000 participants and take advantage of tremendous support resources offered by FIRST. No prior experience with robotics is necessary.

New FLL Teams- Opportunity for FSR Sponsorship

New leader checklist.1First State Robotics wants to support your efforts to inspire Delaware youngsters through an awesome science and engineering program, FIRST LEGO League. In  line with FSR’s high school teams, the Miracles of Engineering (MOE),  when elementary and middle school teams apply for the FSR rookie FLL team sponsorship program, they agree to use MOE somewhere in their team name… MOEbots? MOEtor makers? First Year Teams are eligible to receive a $100 sponsorship and Second Year Teams are eligible for a $50 sponsorship.

  1. First year team applications will be entered into a lottery system, to be drawn September 1, 2016. Applications due August 31, 2016.
  2. Awards will be automatic to second year teams- but they MUST apply by August 31, 2016.
  3. Teams with full or significant funding through other sponsorship programs will not be eligible.
  • To begin your journey, find out more about starting and registering an FLL team, at
  • Then, find out more about Delaware FLL, at
  • To learn more and apply for Rookie team sponsorship, click here.

FSR Sponsored rookie team, the MOE-rines, at 2015-16 FLL Championship DSU

Next fall’s FLL and JFLL challenges? Animal kingdom!

The excitement is growing! FIRST world headquarters has hinted about the 2016-17 FLL (FIRST LEGO LEAGUE) and JFLL (Jr. FIRST LEGO League) challenges.

We know that they will center on the animal kingdom… BUT more details about the projects and robot missions won’t be released until August.

Summer time, though, is a great time to organize your teams and register for fall action.

  • Elementary and middle school students can attend robotics summer camps at Delaware Sate University.
  • New teams can apply for sponsorship from FSR by adding the word “MOE” to their team names and by contacting us here.


Click here to learn about the new themes Creature Craze and Animal Allies.

Click here to learn more about starting an FLL team, including typical costs, major program features, experts’ advice and a sample timeline of an FLL season.

 Find info about starting a JFLL team here.

Click here to learn more about robotics summer camp at DSU.