Your United Way dollars at work

September 26, FSR students held a read-aloud event at the Newark Free Library. Students read from their self-published books, demonstrated remote control robots, talked about their experiences designing and building competition robots, and collected entries for their Draw Your Own Robot Contest, which they co-sponsor with the DE Children’s Museum.

Your United Way support to First State Robotics improves the education of our students in more ways than you may think. Our students participate in outreach events in libraries, schools, museums, and other public venues in order to share what they’ve learned and encourage others to become interested in science, technology and engineering. Through outreach events, FSR volunteer students and mentors multiply the impact of your support many times.

To learn more about designating all or part of your annual United Way funds to FSR, click here.

Thank you for making this possible!

Two robotic events, fifty+ teams, one day

Photo: A.Groisman

Photo: A.Groisman

Mark your calendar! FSR sponsors two action-packed robotic events at the same place and time-October 18, 2014, at the DuPont Fieldhouse at Salem Community College in Carneys Point Township, New Jersey.

  • At the Duel on the Delaware FTC Scrimmage, more than 20 FTC teams from around the region will mark the opening of 2014 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 were challenged this September to design and build robots for a new game- Cascade Effect.

2013 FSFLL Championship at Delaware Air National Guard base

Last Saturday, February 15, over 400 area youth grades K-8 participated in the FSFLL Champion’s Tournament held at New Castle Air National Guard Base (166th Airlift Wing), New Castle, DE. Opening event speakers included DE US Senator Chris Coons and Brigadier General Carol A. Timmons, Assistant Adjutant General (Air).

Delaware National Guard troops were on hand with displays that showcase military technology and robotics, many with special tie to the students’ challenge theme. For this year’s challenge students used engineering design and processes to come up with a plan to prepare for, survive or recover from a natural disaster.

“Prepare. Respond. Recover.”

“Prepare. Respond. Recover.”

“The competition showcases all the best of LEGO bricks and robotics and the excitement of kids applying STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – wrapped up in an atmosphere of science and the NCAA Basketball Finals, with high energy music in the background,’ said Lou Rosanio, First State FIRST LEGO League Director. “One of the goals of the competition is to help facilitate kids going from users of robotics, to designers of robotics.”

Major Gen. Frank Vavala, adjutant general, Delaware National Guard, said, “The themes of ‘Nature’s Fury’ and ‘Disaster Blaster’ in this year’s competition perfectly fit the National Guard, because on any day our Airmen and Soldiers may be called to duty to help citizens of our state, nation or world respond when a natural disaster threatens. We are also a technology-intensive organization, so we appreciate the kinds of problem-solving that these youth will engage in while facing a simulated natural disaster.”

Photos and video online

DE Online news article and video here   Includes video of DE US Senator Chris Coons, opening ceremony speaker, wearing his new neck tie made entirely of LEGO plastic bricks!

More photos from the DE News Journal/DE Online here

Watch Air guard video interview with DE FSFLL director, Lou Rosanio