Richmond/Innsbrook Campus Hosting Nearly 200 Students for FIRST Tech Challenge Workshop

Topics Include Electronics, CAD, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering

Richmond, VA – ECPI University is set to host nearly 200 high school students for a preparatory workshop in advance of this year’s FIRST Tech Challenge on Saturday, September 9 at its Richmond/Innsbrook campus, located at 4305 Cox Road in Glen Allen. 

As lead title sponsor of the Virginia Championship, ECPI University is pleased to support FIRST Tech’s mission of inspiring young people to become science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills. The goal: to encourage innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. 

FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. 

To help Richmond and Central Virginia students get ready for this year’s competition, ECPI University’s Richmond/Innsbrook campus will provide them with a series of workshops focused on basic principles of engineering, including Electronics, CAD, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering. 

Students are expected to begin arriving just before 8:00 am, with workshops continuing throughout the day until 4:00 pm. Media wishing to attend may contact ECPI Director of Marketing at 757.490.9090 or

About ECPI University

ECPI University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate's, baccalaureate, and master's degrees and diplomas. SACSCOC is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. A private university founded in 1966, ECPI University has campuses in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida, and offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services, continuing education, certification classes, and testing are also available.                       

On campus or online, fields of study include: HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), BS to BSN, Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting,  Radiography, Sonography, Surgical Technology; TECHNOLOGY: Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Science in Cybersecurity, Cyber and Network Security, Software Development, Cloud Computing, Web Design and Development,  Mobile Development, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit 


ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or
Release Date:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017