Local Students are Part of Statewide FIRST LEGO League Challenge; 
Participation Made Possible by Rahall Transportation Institute (RTI) and NASA Grant 


     Linda Hamilton, Pre-K-12 Outreach Coordinator for the Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute�s (RTI) and Marshall University mathematics instructor, is utilizing a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and assistance from RTI to mentor 10 teams of students from local elementary and middle schools who are competing in West Virginia�s FIRST LEGO League�s No Limits 2004 Challenge. 
     FIRST LEGO League is a statewide, national, and international competition that involves the planning, building, and programming of LEGO robots to complete a set of fun challenges. This year�s competition theme, No Limits, draws attention to helping individuals with differing abilities to live life to the fullest.
     According to FIRST LEGO League�s website, �Many people have difficulty moving or walking, or trouble reading a distant sign or climbing stairs. In No Limits, FLL teams will find ways to help people with different levels of physical ability.� 

     Participating students have been practicing at their schools throughout the week and at Marshall�s Morrow Library Atrium on Saturdays in preparation of the West Virginia FIRST LEGO League tournament. This competition takes place December 11, 2004, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the campus of West Virginia University-Parkersburg.
     Sharon Simon, a team coach and teacher at Davis Creek Elementary School, said, �My fifth grade students learn to master Math, Science and Language Arts Content Standards while participating in the FLL No Limits Challenge for 2004. They also obtain teamwork and problem solving skills that are reflections of real life.  My students are very excited about preparing for the competition in Parkersburg.�
     Congressman Nick J. Rahall, II applauded this innovative effort commenting, "Engineering and mathematics are important building blocks of our future economy.  The LEGO program at the Rahall Transportation Institute is building a solid science and math foundation for our youth one block at a time."

Please contact Linda Hamilton, Pre-K-12 Outreach Instructor, at (304) 696-7166 or hamilton@marshall.edu, or Barbara Roberts, Program Coordinator, at (304) 696-7103, robertsb@marshall.edu, for more information.

 �Building Jobs through Transportation�

LEGO Links of Linda Hamilton hamilton@marshall.edu
Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute
Building Jobs through Transportation
Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2195-80
Phone: 304.696.7098      Fax: 304.696.661     www.marshall.edu/rti

Nov. 11, 2004