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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an 1890 land-grant doctoral research university dedicated to learning, discovery, and community engagement. The University provides a wide range of educational opportunities from bachelors to doctoral degrees in both traditional and online environments. With an emphasis on preeminence in STE M and a commitment to excellence in all its educational, research, and outreach programs, North Carolina A&T fosters a climate of economic competitiveness that prepares students for the global society.
In the state of North Carolina, North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) serves as the Affiliate Partner for FIRST LEGO League & FIRST Tech Challenge STEM robotics programs. These programs are managed from within the College of Engineering by Dr. Kory Bennett, the AP Representative. As the AP, N.C. A&T serves as the primary contact in the region and is responsible for the strategic growth and management of the programs in North Carolina.
FIRST LEGO League introduces young students, ages 9-14, to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO MINDSTORMS technology-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. The students create innovative solutions for challenges facing today’s scientists as part of their research project. FIRST Tech Challenge is designed for students in grades 7-12, to compete using a sports model. FTC teams, of up to 10 students, are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots for competition.