Link to CCU Home Page
Link to Quick Links
Link to Search Link to CCU Home Page
News Releases -> newsarticles
spacer image
February 11, 2016   
Posted: January 4, 2013
LEGO qualifying event set for Jan. 11 at CCU

Coastal Carolina University will host the First LEGO League Qualifying Event on Friday, Jan. 11, in Williams-Brice Recreation Center from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearly 200 area students, ages 9 through 14, will compete in 26 teams. The event is open to the public.

The robotics portion of the competition runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. in Kimbel Arena.

First LEGO League is a worldwide competition sponsored by the LEGO corporation and other companies and designed for elementary and middle school aged children. The First LEGO League is run by the nonprofit FIRST that seeks to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

During the event, teams compete in three main areas: a LEGO robot design and challenge competition, a research project on an original idea for helping senior citizens, and a team work activity.

As there are literally thousands of teams competing across the country, the overall tournament is broken down into a hierarchal regional structure.

The winners of this event will move on to the state level later this spring. "We anticipate a highly competitive atmosphere," said tournament director Louis Rubbo, assistant professor in CCU's Department of Chemistry and Physics.

Participating area middle schools include Aynor, Forestbrook, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, St. James and Whittemore Park. Elementary schools include Lakewood, Ocean Bay, Palmetto Bay, River Oaks, Socastee and St. Michael, as well as Waccamaw Intermediate and the Mitney Project in Georgetown.

For more information, contact Rubbo at or at 843-349-6489. You may also visit or the South Carolina First LEGO League website at

Search Options:
Select Specific Year(s):
2014 2006
2013 2005
2012 2004
2011 2003
2010 2002
2009 2001
2008 2000
View ALL Archived News
Link to CCU Home Page
University Policies | Site Policies | Contact Us
© 2016 Coastal Carolina University | P.O. Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528-6054 | +1 843-347-3161