Want to know more about STEM and Robots?
Join us for our open house on Thursday, March 23 (7PM - 8:30) and Saturday, March 25 (10AM - 11:30 and 1PM - 3) at the Chambersburg Mall to see what we're all about.
Meet the teams, see the robots, and learn more about our programs.
Are you or is someone you know interested in LEGO®, science, technology, engineering, math, business, marketing, video production, software development, web design, carpentry, or leadership? Find out more and get a chance to speak with our students and mentors at our upcoming open house.
FIRST® LEGO® League
Ages 9 - 16
FLL introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today's students and teachers build a better future together.
FIRST® Tech Challenge
Ages 12 - 18
FTC students learn to think like engineers. Teams design, build, and code robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by Android technology, and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming.
FIRST® Robotics Competition
Ages 14 - 18
Under strict rules and limited time and resources, teams of high school students are challenged to build industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game in alliance with other teams, while also fundraising to meet their goals, designing a team “brand,” and advancing respect and appreciation for STEM within the local community.
Who is FIRST®?
All of our programs are members of a global organization called FIRST®. The mission of FIRST® mission is to inspire young people to become leaders in science and technology fields by teaching real-world skills through team work and competition. Each year, a new challenge is presented to teams who, with the help of experienced mentors, must apply their skills to build a functional robot. Once built, the robot is put to the test in a competition setting against teams from around the world.
Learn real-world skills
Get hands on with tools and technology under the supervision of experts in their fields in everything from engineering to marketing. Learn not only how the tools work, but how to use them effectively.
Experience leadership and teamwork
Build strong relationships with teammates and mentors as you work together throughout the season. Learn how to make decisions as a team and take leadership in your area of expertise.
Education through competition
Prepare to compete against teams from around the world with a limited time-frame, tight budget, and a complex challenge. Learn how to work under pressure and build reliable systems that can handle intense competition.
Scholarships and career opportunities
Being a member of a FIRST® team is more than just building robots and learning about STEM. It opens doors to scholarship and career opportunities that you cannot get anywhere else. Many of our alumni used the skills developed while students to pursue careers in STEM (and related) fields.
Although we take our work seriously, we also have a lot of fun. Whether it's dancing to the YMCA at competition, playing a game of Kahoot during a meeting, or just hanging out with friends as we work on our robots, we always manage to have a lot of fun.
When is the open house?
Thursday, March 23 from 7PM to 8:30 and Saturday, March 25 from 10AM to 11:30 or 1PM to 3
What age do I have to be to join?
We have 3 primary age groups, with ages 9 to 18. We are also always looking for adult mentors willing to share their skills with our students.
What does it cost to participate?
Membership dues or registration fees are up to the individual teams depending on age group, but most are free or very inexpensive.
What if I don't know anything about robotics?
That's okay! We have a wide range of experience levels and are always looking for new members to join any of our teams. We will teach you everything you need to know.
I can't make it to the open house, is there another time I can visit or learn about what you do?
Yes! You can fill out our Get Involved form with your information and we will reach out. There's a good chance we have a meeting coming up you're welcome to visit!
Workspace and Directions
We are located in the Chambersburg Mall, off Black Gap Road. Getting to our unit from outside the mall can be slightly tricky, so please refer to the following directions and map.
- Access the mall property using the "secondary" mall entrance near the Dollar General
- Drive straight into the parking lot, on the left side of the divider (Yellow area).
- Our entrance is right beside a glass door. Note the image attached to the SC2 Bulb marker.
Click on the map icons for details. Our door will have the SC2 Bulb on the outside.