RCBI, Marshall to Host FIRST LEGO League Tournament

November 10, 2014

HUNTINGTON —The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) and Marshall University will host challengers from across the state during the FIRST LEGO League Regional Qualifier Saturday, Nov. 15 in downtown Huntington.

Students, ages 9 to 14, will compete in several challenges, including one in which they will program LEGO robots to maneuver a playing field. Winners will qualify for the FIRST LEGO League State Championship Dec. 6 at Fairmont State University.

The public is welcome to attend the state qualifier at RCBI, located at 1050 Fourth Avenue in Huntington, after 1 p.m. Saturday.

The event is sponsored by RCBI, Marshall University, the NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the Bharti family, and NASA IV &V Robotics Alliance Project.

FIRST LEGO League events are designed to help young people develop the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the 21st Century. Founded in 1998, the FIRST LEGO League now has more than 25,000 teams in 80 countries. Across West Virginia, there are 102 FIRST LEGO League teams from 30 counties that will compete for spots in the state tournament.

For more information, contact RCBI’s Mike Friel at 304.781.1686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.