We are a local employees and students who volunteer our time and energy to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the New River Valley. We are truly excited about robotics and the cool things that happen when young students see what a difference project-based STEM can make! We compete as the Tuxedo Pandas, but you don't have to eat bamboo to have a STEM project or experience with us!
The New River Robotics Association is an approved 501(c)(3) corporation, organized as a Virginia non-profit LLC. Our organization is dedicated to inspiring young people by engaging them in STEM via robotics competitions, outreach activities, workshops and experiments.
We meet regularly to build robots and promote STEM throughout the New River Valley. We have an open shop, meaning we welcome visitors at any of our posted shop hours. We practice in a space generously provided by The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
, 2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1450, Blacksburg.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge
is a global robotics program for middle and high school students. Experience the power, excitement and fun of STEM with hands-on, minds-on activities - all with robots! We like to say that FTC is a sport of the mind, and, in our sport, everyone goes pro!
Our funding need is to purchase several more robotics parts kits - we do this by customizing bulk parts for our particular projects, keeping costs low, making each experience unique. We do recognize different levels of giving, from our bronze through platinum levels. It would be our pleasure to schedule a Tuxedo Panda event at any Silver or higher sponsor's next corporate or family gathering, complete with thousands of Legos, hands-on robots for ages 5-99, and robot driving experiences.