Welcome!

Welcome to the Pittsburgh FIRST website!

You can find information here about upcoming events in the Western & Central Pennsylvania region, information for teams (and how to start a team!) along with contact information. We hope you find what you’re looking for here, but if you don’t please tell us so that we can make this site more useful to you.

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.)