A&T to Host NC FIRST LEGO LEAGUE State Championship

North Carolina A&T State University’s College of Engineering will host two FIRST LEGO League State (FLL) Championship Tournaments January 11-12, 2014. The tournaments will be held in Corbett Sports Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day with the awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

A total of 96 teams of middle school students from across the state, as well as coaches and parents, will attend the robotics competitions on A&T’s campus. Each year the FLL announces a new challenge that focuses on a different STEM related real-world topic. The challenge for this year is “Nature’s Fury.” Students design robots with LEGO® technology and will use them to compete to accomplish missions associated with the Nature’s Fury Challenge.

So far in this year's tournaments, 300 teams have competed in 15 qualifiers, involving a total of 2,500 students from across the state. Through these qualifiers, the field was narrowed to 96 teams that will participate in January over the two-day championship tournaments.

The event is co-hosted by the College of Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. “Our University is proud to serve as the FIRST organization’s North Carolina FLL and FTC partner,” said Dr. Robin Coger, dean of the College of Engineering at N.C. A&T. “Our organizations share a common interest in inspiring great minds about science, technology, engineering, and math; and aiding in the preparedness to create innovative solutions for our society and the world.  For years, our faculty and students have served as volunteers, mentors, referees, coaches, and judges, because we are excited to be engaged in helping teams make the connection between their academics, teamwork and professional success.”

The winners will advance to the FIRST World Festival that will take place April 23-26 2014, in St. Louis, Missouri.