2014-2015 FLL World Class Championship Season approaching

Just started bringing this site up to date with the 2014-2015 season FLL World Class information.    Much of the information such as the overall schedule,  what teams should bring,  and generally what to expect are very very similar to previous.

We don’t quite have confirmed dates or locations for any of the 3 district championships this season.   Once we do,  Join Us – all FIRST events are open to the public to attend.     Even better,  volunteer!

 

Championship Teams: update on rubrics

I have completed the review and sorting for all of the Capital and East Bay team rubrics.   They will go out in tomorrow’s (April 8th) mail.

Next up will be the Silicon Valley and Peninsula Championship rubrics  – hopefully I will get these done this week but I am out on business travel for the next few days and then we have a full weekend of JrFLL Expos.

Next up: Peninsula FLL Championship at Aragon HS

We are excited to have Aragon Robotics Team (ART) – FRC #840  and FTC #4345 – our hosting the Peninsula FLL Championship.  See you on Sunday,  February 9th!    Event details – map, directions

NorCal FLL Championship tournaments are free & open to spectators  – Join Us!

General Schedule

8:15am Opening Ceremony
9am to 4:45pm Robot Game Matches
5pm Closing/Award Ceremony

 

We still need many volunteers  – high school and older!   Learn more and sign up here

 

More info   FIRSTFLLNorCal FLL, what is the challenge and this year’s 2013 Challenge details

Next Championship: Sunday 1/19 at Newark Memorial HS

Hope to you see you on Sunday!

 

All NorCal FLL Championship tournaments are free & open to spectators  – Join Us!

Sunday, January 19th East Bay Championship at Newark Memorial HS in Newark
Sunday, January 26th Silicon Valley Championship at Sobrato HS in Morgan Hill
Sunday, February 9th Peninsula Championship at Aragon HS in San Mateo

 

General Championship Schedule

8:15am Opening Ceremony
9am to 4:45pm Robot Game Matches
5pm Closing/Award Ceremony

 

At the January 19th East Bay Championship at Newark Memorial HS,  teams are participating from Fremont and beyond including teams representing Girls Scouts,  local schools and community-based teams.   Full team list

We still need many volunteers  – high school and older!   Learn more and sign up here

 

More info   FIRSTFLLNorCal FLL, what is the challenge and this year’s 2013 Challenge details

NorCal Championship season – starting this Saturday Jan 11th

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO, designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering.   Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and scientific research. The theme for the challenge is different each year, allowing teams to learn about a variety of subjects.

This year’s Challenge theme is all about Natural Disasters.  The challenge name is “Nature’s Fury”!

 

All NorCal FLL Championship tournaments are free & open to spectators  – Join Us!

Saturday, January 11th Capital Championship at InderkumHS in Sacramento
Sunday, January 19th East Bay Championship at Newark Memorial HS in Newark
Sunday, January 26th Silicon Valley Championship at Sobrato HS in Morgan Hill
Sunday, February 9th Peninsula Championship at Aragon HS in San Mateo

 

General Championship Schedule

8:15am Opening Ceremony
9am to 4:45pm Robot Game Matches
5pm Closing/Award Ceremony

 

At the January 11th Capital Championship at Inderkum High School,  teams are participating from Sacramento and beyond including teams representing Boys&Girls Club of America,  Girls Scouts,  local schools and community-based teams.   Full team list

We still need many volunteers  – high school and older!   Learn more and sign up here

 

More info   FIRSTFLLNorCal FLL, what is the challenge and this year’s 2013 Challenge details

Capital teams – one extra day to complete registration

CAPITAL Championship Teams:

Update Monday Jan 6th 8am:  I have 1 extra day from the printer that is doing the tournament program book  (which needs the team and robot picture, and short summary about the team  – items 3,4,5).

New deadline for completion of at least those items is tonight,  Monday,  January 6 at 8pm.  We are only missing 8 teams –  we were really like to have all teams have at least something in the very nice full color tournament program book!

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Sunday Jan 5th 11am:  I am trying to get an extra 24 hours for teams to finish their Team Registration items due to holidays (looks like many school teams did not complete their registration back in mid-December and now are scrambling since school is not yet back from holidays).

No guarantees at this point – I won’t know for sure until Monday at 8am.   Note that it is likely going to cost an extra $100 on the printing – additional donations would be greatly appreciated.

Status of 2013-2014 District Championships. Update 12/17

As of 12/17,  here is the latest status for the NorCal FLL District Championships.

These are believed to be fully confirmed or very close to being fully confirmed:

CAPITAL :   Saturday 1/11 at Inderkum HS, Sacramento, hosted by Inderkum’s TigerTron FTC #6052
EAST BAY:  Sunday 1/19 at Newark Memorial HS, Newark
SILICON VALLEY:  Sunday 1/26 at Sobrato HS, Morgan Hill, hosted by Sobrato’s Evasive Robotics FTC #6223
PENINSULA:  Sunday 2/9 at  Aragon HS, San Mateo, hosted by Aragon Robotics Team (ART) FTC #4345 and FRC #840

 

Does your team have a date issue with your district championship or willing to help a team that does –  Post a request or willingness to SWAP!  [No guarantees but hopefully we can get enough teams to offer to swap to help those teams that have a conflict.]

 

Join Us!

Northern California FLL Tournaments, like all FIRST events, are free to attend and Open to the public!


FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO, designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering.   Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and scientific research. The theme for the challenge is different each year, allowing teams to learn about a variety of subjects. Participants, ages 9-14, form small teams of up to 10 members.    Teams can form from any group: school, scouts, religious organizations, home school groups or even groups of friends.    After the challenge has been released, teams have a limited amount of time to design, program and build their robot, and prepare an in-depth research presentation related to the challenge theme. The LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit is used to build a robot capable of completing tasks autonomously on the playing field.  Team members can use any LEGO parts to build the robot – including parts they already own.

Each team’s hard work culminates in one day, high-energy, sports-like tournaments.  During the tournaments, teams have at least 3 rounds on the competition tables to get the best score possible.   When not competing with their robots, teams give their project  presentations, are interviewed about the technical design of their robots, and also how they work as teams.

The winner of the Champion’s Award, our most prestigious award, may be eligible to participate in a variety of post-season tournament opportunities both domestic and abroad on an invitational basis.

 

A goal of the FLL program is to show that science and engineering can be exciting and fun by providing a spectator-friendly environment that has the feel of a sporting event combined with a rock concert!    Learn more about FIRST, the FLL program,   NorCal FLL program,  what is the challenge and this year’s 2012 Challenge details  (robot game video overview – from Scott Evans, the game designer).

 

If you do plan to attend, we recommend coming in time for the Opening Ceremony  and then spending some time  visiting the pit areas and asking teams about their project and their LEGO robot and then watching the robot game rounds.

Our teams, volunteers, and tournament staff are friendly and will be happy to answer your questions!