Robotics teams to battle in Tower Takeover challenge

Robotics teams from across the Tri-State and beyond will converge on Huntington Saturday, January 25, to compete for a chance to advance to the West Virginia VEX Robotics Championship March 7 in Fairmont.

Everyone is invited to join in the excitement as teams demonstrate their robotics skills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Don Morris Room of the Marshall University Memorial Student Center. The event is free to spectators.

During the Huntington Qualifier, sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), middle and high
school teams from Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mercer and Wayne counties in West Virginia; Lawrence County, Ohio; and Greenup County, Kentucky; will go head-to-head in the Tower Takeover challenge. Student-built and programmed robots will battle in autonomous and driver-controlled missions, during which competitors move cones on the playing field and place them in towers to accrue points.

VEX is the world’s largest robotics competition for middle and high school students. More than 20,000 teams from 50 countries compete in VEX tournaments.

The Huntington event is part of RCBI’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) outreach in West Virginia, and is made possible with the support of the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center, the West Virginia Robotics Alliance and the Marshall University VEX Robotics Club.

For more information on this event or any of RCBI’s STEM initiatives, contact RCBI’s Deacon Stone at 304.781.1659 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .