Upcoming Robotics Trainings and Hardship Grants

Please forward the following information to new and experienced robotics groups in your area and volunteers, teachers, and community members who may be interested in starting robotics groups. Please also note the hardship grants toward the end of the email (contact Lewis Honaker for more information on these grants).



The West Virginia Robotics Alliance would like to announce with the help of our partnering locations, a FIRST LEGO League Coach and Mentor Training for the 2017 HYDRO DYNAMICS Season.


What is FLL?

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a robotics program guided by two or more adult coaches.  It designed for 4th-8th grade (ages 9-14) with teams up to 10 members. FLL teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. This year’s challenge is Animal Allies.  The details will officially be released on August 29th at 12PM.  They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS, and compete on a table-top playing field.

For more information on FLL, please check out:  www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll


Who is Invited?

This training is designed for coaches and mentors only and will prepare new coaches as well as returning coaches for the FLL experience. The training will include an overview of all four parts of FLL (project, robot design, core values, and the robot game), what to expect during the season, how to run a team, and training with the MINDSTORMS EV3.

**If able, please bring your team’s EV3 with at least a basic build (including sensors) and please charge the battery.


Hardship Grant

The Ohio County 4H is sponsoring 8 NEW teams with a loaned LEGO EV3 kit.  Preference is given to Ohio county teams and teams awarded must compete at the Regional Qualifier located at the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University on November 4, 2017.  There is a section in the registration form for this particular hardship grant.  For more information please contact Lewis.honaker@mail.wvu.edu 304-234-3673.

Scheduled Trainings:

  • August 26, 2017:  10am-4pm located in Wheeling, WV.  Address to be released soon.
  • August 29, 2017:  5:30PM-9:00pm located in Berkeley Springs, WV at the Relentless Robotics Building.
  • September 6, 2017:  5:30pm-9:00pm located in Morgantown, WV at the MARS Robotics Building.
  • September 7, 2017:  5:30pm-9:00pm located in Fairmont, WV at the NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center
  • Parkersburg:  Date and Time is to be announced.  Keep checking the form.

How do we Apply?



Michael Lyden

Robotics Education Specialist

WVDE – ODTP/ Fairmont State University/ NASA IV&V Educator Resource Center

E: michael.p.lyden@nasa.gov

V: 304-367-8299

C: 304-602-2126

W: www.wvroboticsalliance.org/STARS

F: www.facebook.com/wvroboticsalliance

Upcoming Robotics Trainings and Hardship Grants