October. 29, 2015
Mike Friel (304) 781-1686
RCBI Hosts Lego League Qualifier
HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) will host a FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier on Nov. 7 at its facility in downtown Huntington.
Teams of students, ages 9-14, will compete in several challenges, including a mission in which they program their robots to perform different tasks on a 4-foot by 8-foot course. This hands-on experience with robots that the students built themselves allows them to put their creations to the test.
The theme for this season is “Trash Trek.” As part of the competition, teams are completing projects related to the way people handle waste material.
Winning teams will advance to the FIRST LEGO League State Championship Tournament on Dec. 5 at Fairmont State University.
Founded in 1998, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League events help young people develop skills in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. A key component of LEGO activities is a focus on fundamental core values of teamwork, friendly competition, discovery, cooperation, creativity and fun. There are more than 25,000 FLL teams in 80 countries around the world.
The Huntington qualifier is sponsored by RCBI, Marshall University, the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the Bharti family, and the NASA IV & V Robotics Alliance Project.