All-Girls Competitive Robotics

Registration Opens Right HERE in May

Do you have a budding scientist or engineer at home? Does she have an insatiable hunger to learn new concepts, build objects and program them? We would love to have her join one of our All-Girls Competitive Robotics!

Our All-Girls Competitive Robotics program is designed to exposes young girls to science and technology in a fun environment through Robotics. This exciting new opportunity is offered as a part of an initiative hosted by Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.


We compete at the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) level for girls in grades 4-8 and at the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) level for girls in grades 7-12. Our teams are coached and mentored by volunteers from Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and our newest partner SES satellite systems!



The competition has 3 parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Each year, FLL releases a new challenge that focuses on a different scientific topic or question. Teams will develop and present a Project related to the Challenge. The teams will also build a robot out of Lego bricks that includes motors, pulleys, and sensors. The robot will complete missions during a 2-minute timed competition. The Robot Game and Project are what teams do. The Core Values are how they do it!


The FTC competition teams build, program, design and redesign as needed a robot that is capable of competing against other robots in a difficult technical challenge. The robot competes in both autonomous and driver controlled competitions. Teams are guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, who help students develop 21st Century Technical skills in Engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), Design, Marketing, Branding, and Project Management. Teams also must do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. Its all done with Gracious Professionalism!


May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Registration Opens                      
Build, Research, and Practice                  
State/Regional Championship*                    
Build, Research, and Practice                    
World Festival*                      
May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
Registration Opens                      
Build and Practice              
State/Regional Championship                
Super-Regional Championships*                    
World Championship*

Registration for the new season begins in May each year. When it is registration time, a button will appear at the top of this page. Once clicked, it will bring you to a registration tool. Select “Princeton” for the site location and navigate your way to Robotics. Once there, enroll in either FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) for girls in grades fourth through eighth or FIRST® TECH CHALLENGE (FTC) for girls in grades seventh through twelfth.

Participation in FIRST has a positive impact that is sustained beyond the competition season. Thanks to our partners, the YWCA will offer two scholarships this year to girls who are eligible for FTC robotics and have participated in FLL robotics in a previous season. Contact for information.

If you would like to volunteer your time and expertise, please contact us at Adults can volunteer as coaches, mentors or subject matter experts to the YWCA Princeton FLL and FTC teams.

Become a Volunteer Coach

  • Age 18 and over
  • Help girls age 9-18 discover the fun in science and technology
  • Have a positive impact on the lives of girls
  • Celebrate science and technology
  • Network with like-minded professionals
  • Be inspired and energized through your participation
  • Training sessions provided
  • Have fun!

Become a Mentor

  • Mentors can be persons of any age
  • Mentors bring either technical or nontechnical expertise to the teams
  • Mentors provide the opportunity for team members to learn directly through experience
  • Have fun!