Catching up with alumni…Rachel

rachel-at-conrad-fll-2016Rachel Hannaford, MOE FRC alumni and past team webmaster, cheery as ever, volunteered at the Conrad School of Sciences FLL competition in Wilmington last Saturday where her dad Peter Hannaford, along with Beth Blohm,  coordinate and host the popular annual event.  While Rachel served as referee and behind the scenes organizer—both jobs were easy fits since she is currently working as an AmeriCorp VISTA member with the regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics program in Gainesville, Florida.

2016 Scholarship awarded

The 2016 winner of the John A. Larock, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is James Garcia.  MOE FRC (FIRST ROBOTICS Challenge) team leader, John Larock said, “His demonstration of hard work and Gracious Professionalism was outstanding, so much so that he became the go-to student on the programming team and was an important member in our mentor-selected pit crew.”

James will be a senior this fall at The Charter School of Wilmington.  This is his first year on the MOE FRC team. James received an award certificate and $100 toward his team travel expenses next year. Congratulations, James!
Established in 2015 in honor of the late John Larock, Sr., the scholarship is awarded to a MOE student who best exemplifies characteristics of Mr. Larock, Sr.- a strong work ethic and gracious professionalism.

Mentors sought- do good, have fun, build robots

Join us! Help to change lives, change our culture, change the world- and have fun doing it!

We are volunteer-powered organization– impacting young people’s lives in our region since 2000. People who volunteer as FSR coaches and mentors have many different reasons for getting involved, but almost all of them agree that they get back much more than they give.

First State Robotics is currently seeking volunteers with both technical and non-technical expertise, and there’s NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!

 Information about openings for technical roles from John Larock, team leader for Team MOE365:
The following volunteer opportunities are open in support of our FIRST Robotics Competition team, Miracle Workerz/MOE 365, located in Wilmington, Delaware. As a volunteer on this high school robotics team, mentors will be working with students with varying levels of competence/confidence in these areas.  

NOTE: You do not need to be proficient in all the skills listed under each volunteer position.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) mentor

Mentor with background interested in CAD design. Familiar with SolidWorks, other CAD packages. Demonstrated experience in component, mechanism design/modeling.

Electrical mentor

Mentor with background in electronics. Demonstrated ability to wire circuits and sensors in electro-mechanical devices/robots. Experience troubleshooting circuitry. Soldering / circuit design experience.

Media Mentor

Mentor with background in social media, public relations, journalism. Demonstrated ability to develop websites in Word press. Experience/interest in digital video, public relations, communication tools.

Mechanical Mentor

Mentor with background in design, fabrication, troubleshooting of electro-mechanical devices/robots. Demonstrated experience with hand tools, machine shop tools, 3D printers, etc.

If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact John Larock at

If you are interested in non- technical roles, please click here.

Thank you!