FAIRMONT — For years, Todd Ensign and other educators have built up a competitive robotics scene in West Virginia, and Monday that work paid off.
Fairmont State University’s Feaster Center was booming like a Falcon’s basketball game night on Monday morning. Twenty-four robotics teams from around the state faced off in the first West Virginia Robotics Championship sanctioned by the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission.
Celebrating the achievement with the students were representatives from NASA and both West Virginia’s U.S. Senators, Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Ensign, who serves as the program manager for NASA’s Education Resource Center, said Monday served as validation for all the work he’s done as well as validation for the students who commit their time to robotics as a competitive sport.
“I remember when [WVSSAC] President Bernie Dolan showed up to one of my events impromptu. We had been arguing with