Local middle schoolers will be competing in the First Lego League Robotics Qualifier on Saturday, Nov. 5at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The competition runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a Jr. First Lego League Expo from 2 to 4 p.m. for elementary school children.
First Lego League aims to inspire young people to be passionate about science and technology by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. In competitions, First Lego League teams research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution. They must design, build, and program a robot using Legos, then compete on a table-top playing field.
“I believe that the First Lego League Robotics competition is a wonderful way to get kids excited about science and technology,” said Jared Gump, WVU Parkersburg Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Division chair. “It shows them learning can be fun. WVU Parkersburg can benefit these students in the future if they continue to be interested in science and technology.”
There are nine teams register for the qualifying event, with 10 qualifying events across the state of West Virginia alone. For more information about the Lego Robotics competition, contact Jared Gump at 304.424.8226