Port City Robotics was founded by Ben Barbour in Wilmington, North Carolina in response to his experiences working with middle and high school students and discovering that many lacked exposure to quality programs at home and school. As a result, our mission became one to find ways to provide a safe and nourishing environment for everyone, regardless of previous experience or financial means, to discover a passion for sciences and a taste of what STEM careers may be like.

We currently provide support for 3 FIRST Robotics Challenge teams, 1 FIRST Tech Challenge team, 5 FIRST Lego League teams, and 2 FIRST Lego League Jr teams. We operate summer programs in computer programming and robotics at Cape Fear Academy and the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Port City Robotics is actively seeking additional board members. If you have an interest in making a commitment to support STEM education and a passion for fundraising, networking, and engineering, we would make a great fit!  Contact ben@portcityrobotics.org for more information.

Our Board of Directors

Benjamin Barbour
Benjamin BarbourPresident, Founder
Ben Barbour studied Computer Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and obtained his Masters Degree in Computer Science and Information Systems. He is currently the Lead Architect and Developer for Lapetus Solutions, Inc and a part-time lecturer at UNCW. He coaches FRC Team 4534 – Wired Wizards.
Richard Penny
Richard PennyVice President
Rick Penny is a graduated from the US Merchant Marine Academy with a BS in Marine Engineering Systems. He is currently President of EnSolve Biosystems of Raleigh, NC and he is a registered professional engineer. He is married with three children and he enjoys most everything water related as well as working with his hands, mind, or kids.
Hannah Wilson
Hannah WilsonSecretary
Hannah Wilson is the graphic designer at Hanoona Media, advisory board member of Cape Fear Women in Tech, and secretary of Port City Robotics. She is an a FIRST Robotics Competition team alumni and mentor. When not on her computer, you can find her reading, plotting her future sci-fi novels, and playing soccer. She currently resides in the Milky Way.
Terry Spencer
Terry SpencerTreasurer