We are FIRST®-RGV.

To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.Dean Kamen, Founder

Who we are.

FIRST®-RGV is a non-profit group of professionals, mentors and various volunteers from science, technology and engineering careers. Our goal is to help students at all grade levels to explore the amazing power of a STEM career and have some of the hardest fun they will ever have in learning.
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.

What is FIRST®

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST® Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind.

Impact

The positive impact on FIRST® Robotics Competition participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% have more interest in school, 90% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 90% are more interested in attending college.

Scholarships

Colleges, universities, professional associations, and corporations offer college scholarships to Participants on FIRST® teams - This is official recognition of the knowledge, technical, and life skills you have gained as a participant in a FIRST® program.

Cost & Registration

What does it cost to participate? There are costs involved with forming a FIRST® Robotics Competition team and they can vary from team to team and region to region depending on what level of participation the team chooses.

FIRST-RGV Executive Board Members


JASON ARMS
Chief Executive Officer

MILLY HERNADEZ
Chief Operations Officer

UTRGV School of Engineering

KATHERINE ZEIGLER
Treasurer

MICHAEL ACEVEDO
US FIRST SENIOR MENTOR


Organizing Committee


MARISELA ZEPEDA
Member

PSJA ISD

JUAN C  SUAREZ
Member

FIRST in Texas, Inc.

SABRINA WALKER
Member

Edinburg Boys and Girls Club

JASON FERNANDEZ
Member

Pharr I.T.


“Everyone involved in FIRST-RGV, from the student, coaches, mentors, school administrators to the Executive Board plays a mission critical role in growing STEM awareness in the Rio Grande Valley.”

“We appreciate all those that volunteer to help change tomorrow for our children.”