Bon voyage and welcome!

Changes are happening at First State Robotics.

Dawn Dockter and David Onstad, mentors of FTC team Rhyme Know Reason, are moving on to new home and work. In just two years, their team has grown to be an important part of First State Robotics organization, winning awards for high quality engineering notebooks, public outreach, as well as for excellence in mentoring. In addition, two students from RKR won prestigious student awards. We wish them well in their new adventures, and they assure us that they will continue their involvement with FIRST robotics.
They leave the team in able hands…. Michelle Petrucci is stepping up as new team leader. Michelle also leads The Thunderminds, an FLL team made up of home schooled students from North Wilmington. In 2014-15 their team won the Conrad School of Sciences FLL Champions award.  In her new FTC role, Michelle invites interested high school-age students from both traditional schools and home schools to check the Rhyme Know Reason website for details on the application process (coming soon). We welcome her enthusiasm and look forward to many more great years.

A new member was named to the First State Robotics board, Greg Frantz. Greg, an engineer with Chemours, brings a wealth of volunteer and organizational experience to the board having worked in a number of STEM related programs, including starting and leading an FLL team, serving as head referee for First State FLL, and helping organize the judging process for local elementary science fairs.

FSR board president, Peggy Vavalla said, “Both Michelle and Greg will be assets to our organization and we are delighted to have them join us.”

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!

Youngest teams wrapup a great year

Delaware’s youngest competitors in FIRST robotics– the Jr. FLL teams (FIRST LEGO League)– have wrapped up a year-long challenge to think of new and better ways to deal with TRASH. This year, there were three JFLL Expo events around the state, where teams shared their ideas and their discoveries with project reviewers, and joined in the festivities celebrating their achievement. Thanks to all event organizers and volunteers, to team mentors and to our sponsors. Without you, this program would not be possible!

To learn about forming a team and to get latest info on next year’s challenge see First State Lego League website Or see our website here.

Here are scenes from the February 20 Expo at Delaware State University.