FIRST RGV, INC. is an educational non-profit operating in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas that actively provides science, technology and engineering (STEM) programs to those interested in FIRST robotics and other STEM related programs. We are proud to be the fastest growing STEM program in the Rio Grande Valley in the K-12 community.

Skills Learned in FIRST:

– Programming / Coding of a Robot
– Soft Skills (Public Speaking / Conflict Resolution / Emotional Learning)
– Business Planning
– Principals of Engineering / Understanding of the Build Process
– Social Media Marketing
– Team Building / Importance of Working as a Team

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 in Texas Foundation and US FIRST.

Rio Grande Valley FTC Championship Announced

Feb 15 - 16, 2019

Plan to join us and 48 of the best FIRST Tech Challenge teams from across the Rio Grande Valley as they compete for limited advancement slots outside of the RGV. Teams advancement helps towards their invitation to the official UIL state championship in April, 2019.

Rio Grande Valley FLL Championship Announced

March 2, 2019

Plan to join us and 24 of the best FIRST Lego League teams from across the Rio Grande Valley as they compete for one ticket to the 2019 FIRST World Championship. 

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

News from FIRST 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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801 E Fern Avenue
McAllen, Texas 78501

956.320.9311 (Main)
956.217.0989 (Fax)

Proudly serving the counties of: Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, Starr and Zapata

Texas FRC and FTC teams are invited to participate at the UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division in late April, 2019. 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 dtrussell@uiltexas.org.

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

We Need You!

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