#RoboEquity 2022 Kickoff

All Philly youth deserve access to high-quality STEM education. You can help! The Philadelphia Robotics Coalition is raising funds to expand our after school robotics programming and reach thousands of students in grades 2-12. Why robotics? Our unique learning model combines technical STEM skills with invaluable life skills, giving youth the tools they need for …

Philadelphia FTC Scrimmage

Eleven teams competed in this year’s game, Freight Frenzy, in the atrium of the Philadelphia School District. Central High School’s teams, RoboLancers Crimson and RoboLancers Cobalt, took first and third place respectively. Lincoln High School’s team, the RailSplitters, placed in between them at second. Several news outlets covered the event, and spectators cheered on from …

Phillies v. Pirates Baseball Game Fundraiser

Join the Coalition for a night out at the ballpark to support our work for Philadelphia’s youth. Help the Coalition-supported team of your choice raise funds by purchasing tickets for the Thursday September 23, 2021, baseball game at 7:05pm at Citizens Bank Park. A portion of the sale will be donated directly to the team …

Register Now: August 2021 Coach/Mentor Training

The Coalition is pleased to announce the return of our in-person coach/mentor training programs for summer 2021. These trainings are designed to be accessible to new coaches/mentors while also allowing more experienced participants an opportunity to hone their craft. The trainings provide: • Introduction to FIRST programs in Philadelphia • Hands-on experience with robot kits …

Neubauer Family Foundation Renews Support for Coalition

The Neubauer Family Foundation has renewed its support of the Philadelphia Robotics Coalition with a $55,000 commitment of general operating support over the next three years.The Foundation was the first to support the Coalition when it was proposed by a group of Central High School Robotics students in the fall of 2016, fueling the Coalition’s …

FIRST FORWARD: New season theme announced!

FIRST has unveiled the season theme and game names for the 2021-2022 school year. The FIRST FORWARD season will present students will transportation-inspired challenges and robot games. With the recent news that School District of Philadelphia students will be returning for full-time in-person learning in the fall, we are so excited to see our teams tackle …

Coach Zoe Rooney wins Lindback Award

Congratulations are in order for FIRST Tech Challenge Coach Zoe Rooney, an algebra teacher and school based teacher leader at Strawberry Mansion High School! Ms. Rooney has won the 2021 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching which honors excellent teachers across the School District of Philadelphia each year. The Lindback Foundation presents this award to Philadelphia …

Philadelphia FIRST LEGO League Tournament Award Show

This week, teams are competing in the fully-virtual 2021 Philadelphia FIRST LEGO League Tournament. Teams of 2nd–8th graders have been working all spring to design robots and complete projects related to the season theme: Game Changers. Join us Saturday, May 1, at 5pm on the Coalition YouTube channel for the live awards show. Click and subscribe for …

Central High School has best underwater robot at Seaperch Competition

The Robolancers from Central High School won the Vehicle Performance Award at the 2021 Greater Philadelphia Seaperch competition Friday. The team’s underwater robot safely disposed of underwater “mines” and “debris” to make the “ocean” cleaner and safer. Nailah Shabazz was the team captain, and Calvin Macatantan was the vehicle operator. Several Coalition teams competed in …