Pittsburgh FIRST


Welcome to FIRST Pittsburgh, serving Western & Central Pennsylvania FIRST®For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity.



Saturday, January 6, 2018

Location Change

Auditorium Entrance of McKeesport Area High School

New Location:  Penn State Greater Allegheny Frable Building

4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA  15132

11:00 – 1:00    Arrive, Register and Pick up Kit of Parts
You may park in any campus lot or at the church across the street.
Please enter through the front doors of the Frable building and follow the signs to the conference room to pick up your kit of parts.  FIRST does not allow the pickup of parts before 11:00.
Because of space constraints, please limit your pickup crew to 1 mentor and 2 students.

Alternate Pickup:  Monday, January 8, 2018

McKeesport Area High School 1960 Eden Park Blvd, McKeesport, PA  15132
Hours:  3:00 – 8:00 after school hours.
Please enter through the front entrance and follow the signs to Lab 104, where you will receive your kit of parts.

See teams compete in FIRST POWER UPSM  with 120-lb. robots they built in six weeks!

Archives from last year…New Information coming soon:

2017 Schedule of activities

2017 Team List & Photo Opportunities

2017 Event Info at www.FIRSTINSPIRES.org

Qualification Match Schedule & Results

2017 Team Rankings

Playoffs (Saturday afternoon)

2017 Awards

Volunteers make FIRST inspiration possible – thank you!

FIRST POWER UPSM is here!  see game & season info here at www.firstinspires.org; see Kickoff videos including field tours-YouTube

If you would like to help plan the 2018 Greater Pittsburgh Regional, and/or help with activities throughout the year, contact us.  We’d love to have you join the fun!

New FIRST Alumni Group forming – stay tuned for more info



FIRST Robotics Competition News:

  • We still have a few spots left.  Register your team now for the 2018 – FIRST Robotics Competition – Greater Pittsburgh Regional 

March 21-24, 2018, Convocation Center, California University of Pennsylvania MAP – Cal U.  Agenda is pending but expected to be similar to this schedule.

Call for Volunteers – We need you!

We still need volunteers  both technical & nontechnical – and this year it’s more important than ever to sign up early on the FIRST Volunteer Info site.  See more info on our volunteer page, and learn more about volunteer roles on the FIRST website. Thanks! We can’t do it without you!



What’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)- video

What’s FIRST Robotics Competition?

The hardest fun you’ll ever have! Combine the excitement of sports, science and technology, business management, marketing, and fundraising while competing with your teammates in a unique varsity Sport for the Mind™.  In just six weeks, with the guidance of adult Mentors, your team will design, build, program and test your robot to meet the season’s challenge. As part of an FRC team, students get to:

  • Learn from professional engineers
  • Build and compete with a robot of their own design
  • Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  • Earn a place in the World Championship
  • Qualify for over $20 million in college scholarships

More details on the FIRST website




Thank you

Thanks to teams, volunteers, sponsors, friends and fans who helped to make the Greater Pittsburgh Regional a success!

Urgent question?

If you have a time-critical question that isn’t readily answered on this site, please call our Regional Help Line at 724-997-1578.  This will connect you to one of the Regional Planning Committee (RPC) members who will help you with the issue.  (Please note that after you give your name it will return to ringing while the RPC member is being connected.  This is an attribute of this number being a Google-based phone number.  Please don’t hang up – your call is indeed going through.)