Robotics team heading to national championship

Dec. 5, 2016

HUNTINGTON—The AshBots, a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics team from Huntington, will represent West Virginia in the FLL World Championship after capturing the state title Dec. 2 in Fairmont.

Ramsey and J.R. Ash edged out 47 other teams from across West Virginia to win the Grand Championship. In addition, the AshBots captured third place for Robot Performance.

The brothers began their rookie season by participating in the Robert C. Byrd Institute’s Robotics Boot Camp in July. RCBI provided the AshBots and four other teams with Mindstorms EV3 robots in exchange for agreeing to participate in the upcoming FLL season. Boot Camp participants were taught to build, program and maneuver their Mindstorms EV3 robots. The AshBots went on to participate in every FLL event hosted by RCBI, including the Season Kickoff, Scrimmage and State Qualifier.

Ramsey is a student at Huntington East Middle School while J.R. attends Meadows Elementary.

At the April 2017 FLL World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, the AshBots will face off again teams from across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

The winner of RCBI’s State Qualifier, the Putnam Pink Ladies, picked up two awards at the WV Championship: first place Project Award and second place for Robot Performance.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL), a robotics program for students 9 to 14 years old, engages students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) while encouraging teamwork and other important life skills.