We are 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 with impressive inclusion, diversity and equity in all of our programs.

Skills Learned with us:

– Programming / Coding
– Soft Skills (Public Speaking / Conflict Resolution / Emotional Learning)
– Business Planning
– Principals of Engineering / Understanding of the Build Process
– Social Media and Marketing Fundamentals
– 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.

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 from colleges, trade schools and other key communities all over the world. Register with us as a FIRST RGV alumni.

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 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 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

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.