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February 2, 2018- Northern Kentucky University will host the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state championship on Saturday, Feb. 3. More than 450 students from across Kentucky will compete to build the best robot in the state.

The competition includes a two-part challenge based upon a real-world scientific topic. This year’s theme is “Animal Allies” and will explore how humans and animals interact in their environments. Forty-eight teams of up to 10 members each are expected to participate.

Students, age 9 to 14, will program an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field, and then will develop a solution to a problem they have identified. The robot games will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m.

Bret Litmer from Duke Energy and Dr. Madhura Kulkarni, director of NKU’s STEM Center, the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics, will speak at the event.

The event is open to the public, and there is no admission charge. Parking is available in the Kenton Drive Garage for $4.

FLL is sponsored by NKU’s College of Arts and Sciences, College of Informatics, College of Education and Human Services and Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) as well as Duke Energy. For more information, visit

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit