CHECKLIST:   What to Bring:

  • Bring latest version of FIRST Team Roster  (coach needs to do this from FIRST Dashboard)
  • Please WEAR SOFT SOLED SHOES TO PROTECT GYM FLOORS!
  • Download and print a copy of your team’s detailed schedule (posted after the team’s registration is complete)
  • Bring a laptop computer with your programs on it. We recommend battery backup. Also, we recommend having a backup of your programs on a thumb drive, CD or other media in case the unthinkable happens.
  • Bring a power strip and an extension cord (at least 8 ft) for supplying power to your computer at the pit area table. Power will be available, but it may not be directly at your team’s pit table.
  • Bring something to protect your project presentation materials, robot and other items from the weather in case of rain.
  • Bring your Mindstorms kit for making changes or repairs to your robot.
  • Bring fresh batteries or your charger
  • Bring a protective box to transport your robot for both the design judging and robot performance rounds.   Robots don’t bounce like Tiggers, they break.
  • Bring your team members (make sure you know how everyone is getting to the tournament)
  • Bring money to buy food and tournament souvenirs.
  • Make sure that whomever is managing your pit space has the cell phone number of the coach or someone else that can reach your team late in the tournament day in case of judge’s callbacks.
  • Bring a great attitude and enthusiasm – it is a long day and many things can go wrong. The team members’ outlook is typically related to the outlook of the adults around them: parents, mentors and coaches. FIRST LEGO League is about the season – the journey. Going to the championship tournament is a great achievement – don’t diminish the achievements of the team due to just one day (good or bad)!

OPTIONAL ITEMS – Useful for Kids Choice Awards

  • We recommend that you create a team Flag  to carry with the team to help with team identification  and  to “announce” your team as it goes to its activities.
  • We recommend bringing a table cloth or similar to cover the pit table – it is likely to be wood and prone to splinters
  • Bring a project board that is related to your team’s project. This can be displayed in your pit area to highlight your FLL season. This is like a “science fair” project board for your pit table.
  • Bring pit decorations and create a song/chant to show off your team’s unique spirit
  • Bring team costumes or similar to show off your team’s unique spirit
  • Bring team “give aways” to share with other teams – Do not bring food-related items or stickers!