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What is FIRST Mid-Atlantic?
FIRST Mid-Atlantic is the brand pseudonym for Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR), a New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) exemption as a charitable organization. It was created in October 2010 with the encouragement of FIRST, Manchester, NH. Our mission is to promote and implement FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) programs for the benefit of all FRC teams in our region which spans all of Delaware, New Jersey and counties in Pennsylvania from Harrisburg eastward.
What is FIRST Robotics Competition?
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students guided by volunteer professional mentors are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.
2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Event Schedule
Become A Member
Membership is open to any volunteer or person in support of Mid-Atlantic Robotics in the region who shares the interests of the organization. There is no fee associated with membership. The organization is led by a Board of Directors elected by the membership.
“Our mission 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 inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.” – FIRST