2019 Kickoff Approaching!

Ready for Destination Deep Space

It’s hard to believe 2019 is almost here — and you know what that means. FIRST Robotics Competition is getting ready for launch on Saturday, January 5 at various locations throughout New England. Teams across the world will be participating in this landmark event celebrating the first landing on the moon and the unveiling of this season’s game challenge.

Details on the kickoff can be found here:

The kickoff broadcast will be streamed here beginning at 10:30 a.m. on January 5:

Thank YOU to our Returning Sponsors

NE FIRST is so very grateful for our returning sponsors year after year who see the value in STEM training and education to prepare our future workforce.

Presenting Sponsor


Regional Sponsors


2019 FRC Representation Across New England

FIRST Robotics Competition estimated numbers (as of 10/8/18):

231 teams across 6 states:

  • Estimated more than 5,500 high school students participating
  • 87 in MA
  • 59 in CT
  • 46 in NH
  • 26 in ME
  • 8 in RI
  • 5 in VT

13 events (12 district events + 1 district championship) in 5 states

12 district events:

  • 5 in MA
  • 2 in CT
  • 3 in NH
  • 1 in ME
  • 1 in RI

1 district championship in Worcester, MA

Secure Your Event Volunteers

FIRST provides a wide-array of materials created especially for our volunteers. Please share the link below with those who would like to get involved in our 12 events spanning from February through April 2019. The web site features links to general resources, including a user guide, screening guide and handbook, as well as relevant forms for submission, volunteer role descriptions and FIRST policies and procedures. Access the volunteer library here:

Check Deadlines Often

FIRST publishes many deadlines throughout the season on its web site at Please refer to the deadlines often to be sure your team meets all expectations.

We are always looking for your ideas! Please submit story idea for our blog and enewsletter to Kim PIta,

Book Your Event Housing Now

Room blocks in New England have opened. Get a head start on booking your housing reservations today.

FIRST has secured discounts on some of the accommodations, which can be found here:

For individual events in New England, you can access these custom links:

For the selected events above, we are providing an OTA (Online Travel Agency) link versus contracting specific hotels. This will allow our community to shop as they would on other popular OTA sites (Travelocity, Expedia, etc.). When shopping on the OTA website, you will have the ability to search and filter based on personal preferences such as ratings, price, location, amenities, etc. Most often you will find that the hotel rates published on the FIRST OTA website will be the best on the market.

If you have questions, please reach out to:
Mariel Feller, Sourcing Specialist II, FIRST®
603.666.3906 x 411