About Mid-Atlantic Robotics

Mid-Atlantic Robotics (MAR) is a New Jersey Non-Profit Corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) exemption as a charitable organization with brand pseudonym FIRST Mid-Atlantic. 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.

FIRST Mid-Atlantic operates according to Bylaws adopted following incorporation. Membership is open to any interested stakeholder 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. The 13 Directors serve staggered 3-year terms; each director is eligible to run for one additional term of office. The full Board convenes at least four times per year and elects an Executive Committee to manage the affairs of the Corporation between Board meetings. The Board has appointed operating committees to perform the many tasks needed to support FIRST Robotics Competition in the region. All members are welcome to attend FIRST Mid-Atlantic Board meetings to observe the proceedings.

FIRST Mid-Atlantic operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with FIRST that defines its relationship with FIRST. FIRST Mid-Atlantic raises funds from donors in the region, recruits and offers assistance to new teams, and plans and conducts FIRST Robotics Competitions events in the region.

About FIRST

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.

To learn more about FIRST visit http://www.firstinspires.org