For students who like to problem solve and design things, there is something in the FIRST STEM pathway for you.  In the STEM pathways, you will learn by doing. This hands-on approach to learning gives you the 21st-century skills you will need to compete in our global society.  According to the U. S. Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are growing at 17%, while others are growing at 9.8%. The Department of Commerce points out that people in STEM fields can expect to earn 26 percent more money on average and be less likely to experience job loss. The STEM degree holders also tend to enjoy higher earnings overall, regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations.

We are proud to have been founded in 2015 and have been serving the STEM community in the Rio Grande Valley since then in partnership with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Summer Camps Are HERE!

Check out our list of summer camps that are being offered June and July, 2019. Camps are added as requested, so please check back regularly.

Registration is open for all FIRST programs. Please ensure you know which program you are interested in participating in and then selecting the link below. We look forward to you joining our FIRST family for another great season of FIRST robotics.

What is the Mission of FIRST and FIRST RGV?

The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, 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.

“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

Engage kids in kindergarten through high school in exciting, mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society.

Inclusion, Diversity and Equity is our Priority

 Read more HERE

We are proud to have the FIRST Alumni of the Rio Grande Valley starting in spring, 2019. This association will support the teams of the RGV through mentorship and event support. Alumni members are any student that participated on a FIRST team in the Rio Grande Valley.

Girls in FIRST RGV

  • Majority GIRL Teams

Those Enrolled - Title I Family

Donate Today to Support FIRST in the RGV!

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Texas FRC and FTC teams are invited to participate at the UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division in April, 2020. Teams must be from a member school in good standing. Invitations will be based on robot / judging performance. Stay tuned!

All questions regarding UIL Robotics eligibility, membership, and recognition can be sent to

FIRST Core Values

We express the FIRST philosophies of Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition through our Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact:  We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

We appreciate your interest in FIRST in the Rio Grande Valley. Please take the time to ask any questions you may have, volunteer your time as a mentor to students or at an event. Through donations of your time and/or money we can work together to make sure this program reaches as many students as possible.  Lets Make it Loud Together! — Jason Arms, President

State Level Sponsors

that support RGV teams

We Need You!

We need your support. We are actively recruiting sponsors and volunteers to help grow FIRST in the Rio Grande Valley.