West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotics tournament

FIRST Lego League State Tournament
December 6, 2014

For the most up to date information, please visit The West Virginia Robotics Alliance Webpage.

The WV FLL Championship Tournament will be held on December 6th, 2014 at Fairmont State University, Fairmont, WV and will cost only $50.  Currently, we plan to forward ½ of the teams from each qualifying event to the state tournament.  Your team should plan to attend one qualifying date and the state tournament.  If your team is selected to move on to the Championship Tournament, you will receive an invitation to register through the FLL website: http://gofll.usfirst.org.  Using this new model, West Virginia can now handle growth up to 120 FLL teams!

FIRST would like to extend a special thanks to Cherie Bharti and her two children who  handed over a gracious donation of $10,000 in support of WV's FLL in 2014. Her donation will lead to many more exciting possibilities in the upcoming year. Cherie respond by stating, "I feel, this is the best form of mental growth for kids who are excited but lost between games and education; by blending the two together."

Fairmont State University's President Dr. Maria Rose, the Dean of FSU's College of Science and Technology Dr. Tony Gilberti, and the President of Fairmont State Foundation William Armistead were also present for this tremendous gift.

2013 Tournament

FIRST Lego League State Tournament
December 7,  2013

FIRST Lego Leagure - Nature's Fury

FIRST LEGO League is part of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization.  FIRST is a dynamic, international, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to inspire our future workforce to appreciate the excitement and personal rewards of a career in science and technology.  FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) is an international robotics program in partnership with LEGO in which teams of middle-school-aged students assemble and compete with their robots designed to accomplish tasks involved in a "real world" scenario. Using LEGO brick, and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.  Students learn how to brainstorm ideas, manage time better, work in teams, and learn how science can be used to solve real world problems.

We expect this year's tournament to be the largest ever with over 60 teams from across the state participating and over 1,500 students, coaches, and parents attending the tournament.  This is the single largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) completion hosted in the mountain state, and one which will bring the brightest young minds to our campus. 

Each year, one of our West Virginia teams is promoted to compete in the international FLL tournament held in the St. Louis superdome this spring.  This event has proven to be beneficial in encouraging students to pursue academic pursuits in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  These skills are essential to the well-being of our state, region, and nation.

Congratulations Nerdbots! WV's 2013 FLL Champions!
Congratulations Nerdbots! WV's 2013 FLL Champions!

2013-2014 WV FLL Judges Awards!

  • Champions Award, 1st Place, Nerdbots (Fairmont)
  • Champions Award, 2nd Place, SCIENEERS (Fairmont)
  • Champions Award, 3rd Place, Technomancers (Morgantown)
  • Robot Performance, 1st Place, Technomancers (Morgantown)
  • Robot Performance, 2nd Place, Robocats (Morgantown)
  • Robot Performance, 3rd Place, Nerdbots (Fairmont)
  • Project: Research, 1st Place, Silicon Stream (Mineral Wells)
  • Project: Innovative Solution, 1st Place, Infini-Miners (Morgantown)
  • Project: Presentation, 1st Place, Tech Nados (Arthurdale)
  • Robot Design: Mechanical Design, 1st Place, West Side CyberCubs (Fairmont)
  • Robot Design: Programming, 1st Place, Suncrest Stemtists (Morgantown)
  • Robot Design: Strategy and Innovation, 1st Place, Fairmont Blockheads (Fairmont)
  • Core Values: Gracious Professionalism, 1st Place, F.I.R.E. (Martinsburg)
  • Core Values: Teamwork, 1st Place, Warriors (Nitro)
  • Core Values: Inspiration, 1st Place, Fifth Element (Caldwell)
  • Judges Award: Against All Odds, Resolutions (Charleston)
  • Judges Award: Against All Odds, RebotiCX (Huntington)
  • Judges Award: Community Engagement, Coalbots (Pecksmill)
  • Outstanding Volunteer, Abraham Falsi, (Montgomery)
  • Adult Coach Award, Ann Burns, (Fairmont)
  • Youth Service Award, Michael (identifying information withheld)

Event photos are available on the WV FLL Facebook page.

Event Details


  • 7:30-8:30 am Team Registration
  • 8:00 am Coaches Meeting at Competition Tables
  • 8:30-8:45 Welcome/Announcements"Gym 1
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Practice Table Round"Gym 1
  • 9:00-11:40 Judging Sessions in the Engineering Technology Building
  • 10:30 am - 3:00 pm Lunch (Grill closes at 2pm)
  • 1:00-4:30 pm Official Round Matches-Gym 1
  • 1:00 pm Jr. Fll Team Arrive and set up on floor 2
  • 1:30-2:00 Jr. FLL Review-Gym 1
  • 4:30 pm Dance Party in Gym 1
  • 5:00 pm Awards Ceremony starting with Jr. FLL in Gym 1

What's Your Color?

This year you are in color groups.  You will end up going to judging, practice rounds, sharing tables in the Pit, and eating lunch with your fellow colored teams.  May I suggest you embrace your color. . . colored hair/wigs, face paint, hats, are just a few ideas.?)  Have fun with it!

Consent and Release Form

Don't forget to have all your consent forms signed and with you when you arrive at Fairmont State.  If you have 8 students and 2 coaches, you MUST have 10 consent forms.  Any team member who does not have a signed form will be unable to participate! Form is attached and linked here: http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Progra...

Save a Judge: Bring Copies of Your Team Profile Sheet

Our judges do their best to take copious notes but even the brightest of us can get confused when we are scoring 12 presentations.  Please help the judges keep your teams straight and hand them a copy of your Team Profile Sheet, complete with photos and descriptions of your robot, project, and core values: http://www3.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Progr...

WARNING! Do Not Disqualify Your Team's Project!

You will have 5 minutes to share your team's project presentation.  The FLL website for this year is very clear that you MUST identify one of the following natural disasters:    Avalanche or landslide, Tornado or cyclone, Earthquake, Tsunami, Flood, Volcanic eruption, Hurricane, Wildfire, Storm.  I have observed numerous teams who did not clearly identify the specific natural disaster they were researching.  NOTE: Even if you are addressing how to deal with the aftermath of a disaster, you MUST first identify your disaster.  Also, if you are doing a "severe storm", be sure that you are able to explain how the event you are researching is NOT typical.  Please re-read the Project FAQ's closely. http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/projectfaq

Be Prepared for Robot Design

All teams should be referring to the judging rubrics for the judging areas:  http://www.firstlegoleague.org/sites/default/files/Official_Event_Info/C... For Robot Design, there is a whole category and award given for Programs.  If you wish to earn points in this area, your team will need to bring annotated print outs of your programs (preferred), or a laptop with your programs loaded.

Core Values

Your team will have 3 minutes to share their Core Values Poster, 3 minutes for the teamwork challenge (surprise), and 4 minutes to answer questions.  (PDF of the Template Attached.)

Directions to Fairmont State

Directions to Fairmont State.  You will park in the parking garage (free), then take the bridge over to the Falcon Center.  Registration is right where you will walk in, the Pits are in Gym 2.


Based on feedback from teams, we will allow more spectators I the judging rooms this year, but it is up the coach to ensure that your team is OK with their parental units watching them.  Some students are not comfortable in that situation and it could lower your team's performance if they can't "be themselves." Also Coaches, your team will disqualified if any adults blurt out answers, make gestures, or otherwise guide your team.  If you think some parents won't be able to hold back, please ask them not to come to the judging rooms.  Just keep this simple saying in mind, "Adults are to be seen, not heard."  In general, PLEASE ask spectators to come at or just after lunch to watch he table rounds and enjoy the awards ceremony.

Who Sponsored You?

We'd love to recognize all the local sponsors of your teams. PLEASE send Darek (dczarnecki@usfirst.org) a list of companies or sponsors along with your team name, team #, and (if comfortable) what they provided.

  • #13599 The Mineral Mindstorm II
    • Boggs Supply Inc   $150.00
    • Emmanual Episcopal Church - Team meeting space and $150.00
    • WVU Mineral County Extension Service  - 4-H Extension faculty support time
    • Community Trust Foundation
  • #7082 - SCIENEERS
    • Learning Options, Inc.  
    • MARS
  • #9211 F.I.R.E Robotics, team
    • The West Virginia Home Education Association (WVHEA)
  • #8749 Silicon STREAM
  • #8228  Nerd bots
    • WVHTC foundation and Grout Works
  • #3936 Technomancers
    • We are sponsored by the WVHTC Foundation
  • #2271 Irish Robots
    • AEP