FIRST LEGO® League Team Portal

Is your team paid and nationally registered in the Greater Kansas City Region?

This is where you’ll find more details about the challenge and events throughout the season, so bookmark this page for easy reference. Coaches also should look for emails ahead of each event their team is participating in.

Regional events are organized by KC STEM Alliance staff and volunteers, led by your local contact, FIRST LEGO League Partner Christina Chandler, and a Regional Planning Committee of key volunteers and qualifier site hosts.

Don’t forget to join the FIRST Kansas City community on Facebook to stay up to date on happenings across all levels of FIRST.

 

SEASON INFO

This Season's Challenge

Welcome to RePLAY. Playing makes being active more fun. You get creative when you want to play, and it’s this creativity – your creativity – that can help motivate us to be more active.

This Season's Documents

Forms for Competition Events

All forms for this season should be completed through the Remote Event Hub.

This Season's Updates

Challenge, updates, and resources can be found at this link.

The FIRST LEGO League Blog can also be helpful with updates.

For additional updates and information, go to Kansas City’s FIRST LEGO League Head Ref website.

This Season's Grant Opportunities

KC STEM Alliance does not have ongoing funding for seasonal FIRST LEGO League team grants. However, grant requests to serve under-represented students are considered on a case-by-case basis as Kansas City FIRST works toward the goal of giving every student in our metro the opportunity to participate in the full progression of FIRST programs.

If you have a proposal to start a new team in an under-represented area, contact us using the form on this page or by email. KC STEM Alliance has previously supported FIRST LEGO League teams through Girl Scouts, the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council and YMCA.

QUALIFIER AND EVENT INFORMATION

Coaches Workshop

This year our coach’s workshop will be fully remote. The presentations will be prerecorded videos available on the KC FLL TRAINING YouTube channel on October 31st. On November 14th, we will host a live Q&A session for coaches to receive clarification or ask any questions that were not answered in the prerecorded videos.

Workshop topics will include:

An overview of the season

Robot Design Executive Summary

Robot Game

New Judging Guidelines

Core Values – What does core values look like under the new judging guidelines?

Project Presentation

Time and Date:  11 am – 12:30 pm on November 14, 2020

Location: Zoom

Registration: Link coming soon

This workshop is open to new and returning FLL coaches in the Greater Kansas City area.

Contact Chrissy Chandler for more information.

Regional Qualifying Tournaments

The Kansas City region will host a remote 2020-2021 FIRST Lego League season using the FIRST Remote Event Hub. There will be three types of remote qualifiers.

Type 1 – Teams that are able to participate in all parts of the challenge (Robot game, Project presentation video submission, and Virtual question and answer session).

Type 2 – Teams that are able to participate in only the Project presentation video submission and Virtual question and answer session.

Type 3 – Teams that are only able to participate in the Project presentation video submission.

 

This season’s qualifier hosts will host robot game events that will allow students to do their robots runs in person and have it recorded if the team doesn’t have access to a robot game table or recording equipment.

 

Qualifier #1 (Type 2 & 3) January 9, 2021 | FIRST Remote Event Hub only

Qualifier #2 (Type 1) January 16, 2021 | Bingham Middle School, Independence, MO

Qualifier #3 (Type 1) January 23, 2021 | Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS

Qualifier #4 (Type 1) January 30, 2021 | Summit Lakes Middle School, Lee’s Summit, MO

Qualifier #5 (Type 1) February 6, 2021 | Center Middle School, Kansas City, MO

How to register for qualifiers

After you complete your team’s national registration, you will receive an email from the Kansas City’s FIRST LEGO League Partner Christina Chandler with specific information about how to register for a qualifier in our region.

Qualifier registration for the 2020-2021 season will open on Thursday, November 12th and close on Friday, December 11th.  You will receive information on how to register on or before November 12th.

Qualifier Cancellation Policy

Events for our region are booked and scheduled in advance. Event managers have the authority to cancel an event if the host facility determines conditions to be unsafe. This policy  applies to inclement weather or any other public safety issue, including a lack of screened volunteers. If a venue cancels a Qualifier for safety reasons it will not be rescheduled. If an event is not cancelled and weather is a concern, parents and coaches should use their own discretion to determine whether to attend.

No refunds will be given if a qualifier is cancelled or if a team decides not to attend.  Qualifier advancement from a cancelled qualifier will be determined by lottery.

Every effort will be made to reschedule the Greater Kansas City FIRST LEGO League Championship if its original date must be cancelled. The date for this event is TBD.

Team/Coach Information Packets

Greater Kansas City FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge REPLAYsm  Season Guide

Team Information: CLICK HERE

Qualifier and Championship Scores and Awards

Teams who advance from an official KC region FIRST LEGO League Qualifier will attend the Greater Kansas City FIRST LEGO League Championship in March (exact date TBD).

The 2020-21 Season Results:

Qualifier #1 January 9, 2021 | FIRST Remote Event Hub only

Qualifier #2 January 16, 2021 | Bingham Middle School, Independence, MO

Qualifier #3 January 23, 2021 | Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS

Qualifier #4 January 30, 2021 | Summit Lakes Middle School, Lee’s Summit, MO

Qualifier #5 February 6, 2021 | Center Middle School, Kansas City, MO

Championship March 2021 | Location TBD

 

Rumbles & Off-Season Opportunities

At this time no rumbles or other off-season events will be held.

FAQs and Calendar

What awards can teams earn?

FIRST LEGO League Awards at Qualifiers and Championship.

Is the Robot Design Executive Summary required?

For the 2020-2021 RePLAY season, the Robot Design Executive Summary is required. RDES pointers can be found here:  FLL Robot_Design_Executive_Summary as well as in our pre-recorded trainings that will be made available on October 31st.

Is a Core Value Poster required?

The Core Values Poster is required in the five Kansas City-area qualifiers and our championship.  Teams without a poster will be disqualified from the three Core Values Award categories, the Champions Award category, and from advancing to the regional championship.  They are not disqualified from other awards.

Guidelines for the Core Values Poster can be found here: FLL Core Values Poster.

How do teams advance from a qualifier?

Please see the 2020-2021 FIRST LEGO League Advancement Policy available soon.

In Kansas City, 25% of teams at each qualifier advance to the championship.  Teams must score well in all judged areas and the Robot Game to be considered for advancement.

What are the requirements for the Remote Q&A Judging Session?

The Remote Q&A Judging Session will be completed through the FIRST Remote Event Hub.

  • Only students can be seen on screen.
  • A coach may enter the session remotely but the coach must have their camera off and stay muted for the entire session.
  • If interference from coaches is observed by the judges the team will be disqualified from the tournament.
  • If the team is in one room for the judging make sure all team members can be seen and heard clearly.
  • Coaches may assist the team with technology setup and troubleshooting.
  • Teams should feel free to wear team tee-shirts and any spirit wear that demonstrates their team’s identity and team spirit.
  • When possible all team members should participate in the remote question and answer session.

If your team has a special situation that requires an adult from your team to be in the room, please contact Chrissy Chandler to make the request.

How do we receive our completed rubrics from the event?

Rubrics will be available after the end of the day on your chosen Qualifier date and will be made available electronically. More details will be shared soon.

What is the Global Innovation Award?

The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award is designed to showcase the real-world, innovative solutions that FIRST LEGO League teams create as a result of their project. The Kansas City region’s annual Global Innovation nomination goes to the team who receives the Project Innovative Solution award during the Greater Kansas City Championship Tournament.

From all of the regional nominations, 20 Semi-Finalist teams are selected to participate in final judging, innovation-focused workshops and activities, and an Awards Ceremony, where the winner and two runners-up are announced. Learn more.

Upcoming FIRST LEGO League Events

Wed 02

Local FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Registration Open

November 12 @ 4:00 pm - December 11 @ 5:00 pm
Sat 19
Feb 27

FIRST® LEGO® League – Qualifier 1 (Type 2 & 3)

February 27, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mar 06

FIRST® LEGO® League – Qualifier 2

March 6, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mar 13

FIRST® LEGO® League – Qualifier 3

March 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm