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ProgramBlocksPhotos 0000s 0000 JRFLL1 0013 JRFLL 20160305 10 04 41 IMG 1073Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO® elements. USRA is the operational partner for FLLJr.

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ProgramBlocksPhotos 0000s 0001 20160305 13 59 01 D70 IMG 1419FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem and design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®. UMBC is the operational partner for FLL.

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FIRST Tech Challenge

ProgramBlocksPhotos 0000s 0002 Layer 7Teams of middle and high school-aged students are challenged to design, build, and program a robot to play a floor game against other teams’ creations. USRA is the operational partner for FTC.

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FIRST Robotics Competition

ProgramBlocksPhotos 0000s 0003 Layer 6Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology we call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. FIRST Chesapeake is the operational partner for FRC.

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USRA Logo Blue 300 01The USRA STEMaction Center is the current partner for two FIRST Robotics programs in the state of Maryland and Washington DC corridor:

  • FIRST Tech Challenge in Maryland and Washington DC
  • FIRST LEGO League Junior in Maryland

Our mission is to inspire, engage and develop the next generation science and technology workforce through K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

We operate out of the USRA Headquarters ( in Columbia, Maryland.

We have fields available as a practice space for FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams. If your team is interested in using this space, free of charge - you can make a request here!