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. See www.firstinspires.org for more about FIRST. 

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped to make the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition – Greater Pittsburgh Regional a success!

Held Wed-Sat, March 15-18, at Cal U – Convocation Center, you can see the video feed from the webcast here: Friday March 17;  Saturday March 18

See teams compete in FIRST STEAMWORKSSM 

with 120-lb. robots they built in six weeks!

More info here:

Schedule of activities

Team List & Photo Opportunities

Event Info at www.FIRSTINSPIRES.org

Qualification Match Schedule & Results

Team Rankings

Playoffs (Saturday afternoon)


Volunteers make FIRST inspiration possible – thank you!

FIRST STEAMWORKSSM 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 – thank you!

New FIRST Alumni Group forming – stay tuned for more info

Past Events:

FIRST STEAMWORKS Kickoff was Jan 7, 2017: A huge THANKS to volunteers, and to A.W. Beattie Career Center and the Beattie Bulldogs, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 2051, for hosting our Kickoff event. What fun – ~250 team members, mentors & alumni & volunteers attended, with our traditional breakout / brainstorming / strategy sessions & viewing the field elements after the FIRST game reveal. Looks like an exciting game – check it out! Game & Season Info; Game Animation; On YouTube: Kickoff Broadcast videos, including field tours Looking forward to seeing what the teams create at  the Greater Pittsburgh Regional,  March 15-18, 2017 at Cal U!

On Oct 13, 2016, FIRST Founder Dean Kamen visited Pittsburgh to present at The White House Frontiers Conference: Personal Track, Health Innovation. His Opening Keynote:  THE FUTURE THAT IS POSSIBLE.  Focused on high-tech, his presentation turned to FIRST – and included “This Isn’t a Robot“, narrated by a young girl. We know how awesome both FIRST & Dean are, but the hometown pride felt great, seeing both presented so well on a national stage in our hometown. Thanks, Dean!

FIRST Robotics Competition News:

  • Register your team now for the 2017 – FIRST Robotics Competition – Greater Pittsburgh Regional 

March 15-18, 2017, Convocation Center, California University of Pennsylvania MAP – Cal U. Agenda is pending but expected to be similar to 2016 (pdf here).


Thanks! to all of our sponsors, volunteers, teams, friends and fans, who all helped to make the 2016 Greater Pittsburgh Regional such a terrific event!

Please tweet your favorite photos & favorite moments to @PghFIRST_RD  with  #PghFIRST – thanks!!

Results – 2016 Greater Pittsburgh – Award Winners 

Event videos via Team 48’s YouTube channel – thanks! 

Here is the Senior Photo – Thanks Walt Urbina!

Results & Awards – Other 2016 Events

2016 FIRST Robotics Competition – Greater Pittsburgh Regional –  March 9-10-11-12 – Convocation Center, California University of Pennsylvania

See more info HERE – (link to the left) – scroll down for lists of teams attending and more (a simple list of teams is here )


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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 a great Week Zero Scrimmage held on Saturday Feb 20! Eleven (!)  FIRST Robotics Competition teams participated.   For more info on the field and the event:  Girls of Steel Regional Practice Field – Event-Week Zero Flyer Thanks to all who helped make it happen!


KICKOFF! for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition season – January 9, 2016

Thanks so much to all of the volunteers, our speakers, and teams who helped to make the Greater Pittsburgh FRC Kickoff a success, and thanks especially to our host,  A.W. Beattie Career Center and the Beattie Bulldogs team 2051. Thank you!

Thanks! to SHARP – FRC Team 3260, Sarah Heinz House

– for hosting, organizing, and running the FRC Workshop Day / Community Day on Sunday Dec.13, 2016 – and thanks, too, to all of the presenters and to the attending teams for a terrific event!

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

Save the dates:

  • August 5 – 6, 2016: WVROX 2016 at West Virginia University

Older Posts:

2015 Mahoning Valley Robotics Challenge

Thanks to NEOFRA – Northeast Ohio FIRST Robotics Alliance for organizing and running this offseason event in September,  See results and media here – thanks to event volunteers and to participating teams for this awesome event!

Thanks to KDKA & Cal U for the great TV program with highlights of our 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition – Greater Pittsburgh Regional tournament, team interviews, Dean Kamen, and more!

Thanks to Cal U for sponsoring the program that aired on 3/28/15, and thanks again to our major event sponsors: our Keystone Sponsors: Google.org, The Heinz Endowments, and our Captain of Technology Sponsor, Cal U. Sponsors make FIRST programs possible in western & central PA – they keep the inspiration alive – thank you!

Congratulations to all teams who competed – every FRC team overcame great challenges to get to the playing field. Thanks to  everyone who helped to make this happen – from the team members themselves, to their  teams’  mentors, coaches, sponsors, family, and community who all contributed time, expertise, materials, & funding to give our teams an amazing experience. Thank you, thank you!

Best wishes to teams competing at FIRST Championship at St. Louis next week (Apr 22-25), and to all teams planning to take their robot on the road this spring & summer in parades, festivals, etc. Keep us posted by including #PghFIRST in your tweets. Thanks!

Safe travels, happy robot-ing, and awesome inspiration to you all!

Thank you to all volunteers and sponsors of the 2015 Greater Pittsburgh Regional (March 4-7, 2015)

What a great event, thanks to the 120+ volunteers, 54 terrific teams, and our sponsors – with a special thanks to new Keystone Sponsor, Google.org, our founding anxd also Keystone sponsor, The Heinz Endowments, and our Captain of Innovation Sponsor, Cal U.

We had a cold and snowy start, but the weather couldn’t keep teams from the fun of competing, cheering, dancing, and celebrating the 2015 FIRST season and all that they’d accomplished. Only six weeks to build their robot, but throughout the year the teams organize like small businesses, fundraise, plan outreach and events, and train for the next season. Many of our local teams will compete at another upcoming event this season, and still have a shot at FIRST Championship in St. Louis, April 22-25, 2015.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the regional level, becoming a new sponsor, or starting a team, contact us! Be a part FIRST, inspiring thousands of young people in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. And again, a warm thanks to everyone who helped the 2015 Greater Pittsburgh Regional be a great event for all.

Thank you, Delphi E.L.I.T.E.

Team 48, Delphi E.L.I.T.E., provided the live network streaming of our Regional this year.   Thank you!

What an icy Kickoff 2015

Much of southwest Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia was slammed with an ice storm the morning of January 3rd, but that doesn’t delay the world-wide Kickoff for the 2015 FRC season.  Considering the weather, we had a very good turnout and a huge “thank you!” to everyone, but especially the volunteers who have no connections to any team and yet still braved the ice.  Everyone pitched in and it was a good day of learning about the Game.   A “thank you!” to Team 4991 Horsepower and Lead Mentor Jeff Macek for hosting it.

Thank you, Girls of Steel! 

The SCRA Fall Workshop Day was held on Sunday November 23, 2014 at CMU.  The Girls of Steel did a wonderful job coordinating this day of seminars aimed at helping the local FRC teams hone their skills before build season sets in.

Click here to get to the presentation slides from this Workshop Day.

FRC Teams: Check out our recently updated Team Resources pages

Thank you

Thanks to teams, volunteers, sponsors, friends and fans who helped to make the 2014 Greater Pittsburgh Regional a success!

View photos from the 2014 regional competition on the Cal U Flickr stream

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.)