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

City Shaper LogoWelcome to CITY SHAPER, where your team has the power to help the cities, towns and places you call home reach new heights. With the support of the FIRST community, this is your opportunity to lead our future forward—and up.

This Season's Documents

Forms for Competition Events

  • Team Info Sheet Bring 4 copies to events: One for each Judging room plus one for registration.
  • Team Roster. Bring 1 copy for registration. Print this directly from your dashboard and team account.  If participants are missing, print the form from your dashboard and complete it by hand.
  • Consent And Release.  (ONLY needed if participants did not complete registration through firstinspires.org.  See here for more information)

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

Registered FIRST LEGO League Coaches came to this workshop to learn about the 2019-20 game as well as the program in general.

Here are presentations given at this training:

2019 Coaches Training – robot design

2019 Coaches Training – robot game

Time and Date:  8am – 3pm on September 14, 2019

Location: Center High School: 8715 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131

Fee: $10 per person at the door, payable by cash or check (made out to KC STEM Alliance).

Food: Light breakfast, lunch and beverages provided.  If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own food.

Registration: Click Here.

Two registered coaches per team may attend.  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

Qualifier #1 November 9, 2019 | Olathe Northwest High School,

Qualifier #2 November 16, 2019 | Center Middle School, Kansas City, MO

Qualifier #3 November 23, 2019 | Bingham Middle School, Independence, MO

Qualifier #4 December 7, 2019 | Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS

Qualifier #5 December 14, 2019 | Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS

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 2019-2020 season will open on Thursday September 26 and close on Friday October 4th.  You will receive information on how to register on or before September 25th.

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 January Greater Kansas City FIRST LEGO League Championship if its original date must be cancelled.

Team/Coach Information Packets

General FIRST LEGO League Event Guide

Greater Kansas City FIRST® LEGO® League CITY SHAPERsm 

Team Information Packet Links: none at this time.

Qualifier and Championship Scores and Awards

Teams who receive an Advancement Banner at an official KC region FIRST LEGO League Qualifier will attend the Greater Kansas City FIRST LEGO League Championship in January.

The 2019-20 Season Results will be posted here:

Qualifier #1 November 9, 2019 | Olathe Northwest High School,

Qualifier #2 November 16, 2019 | Summit Lakes Middle School, Lee’s Summit, MO

Qualifier #3 November 23, 2019 | Bingham Middle School, Independence, MO

Qualifier #4 December 7, 2019 | Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS

Qualifier #5 December 14, 2019 | Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS

Championship January 25, 2020 – HyVee Arena

 

Rumbles & Off-Season Opportunities

A rumble is a practice opportunity hosted by other FIRST teams or other organizations, typically lasting three hours or less. Rumbles usually focus on the robot game and do not include judged awards.

We can help you put on a rumble or event.  We have many items available for rent or loan to help teams and organizations in the area with STEM outreach and to make FIRST more widely known and accessible to all.  In addition, we have previous-season items for sale at a very reduced rate.  Items may include official-sized FLL tables, FLL mission models and mats, and FLL medals of previous season.  Please complete the Equipment Agreement Form and email to kcstem@kcstem.org with the inquiry.

Although rumble organizers attempt to use the latest rules and updates for the season’s games, rumbles are not official events and rule interpretations may differ at the official qualification tournament.

Rumbles and other practice opportunities will be posted to this section as we learn about them.

FAQs and Calendar

What awards can teams earn?

FIRST LEGO League Awards at Qualifiers and Championship.

Is the Robot Design Executive Summary required?

Although not strictly required, our judges believe the Robot Design Executive Summary (RDES) is extremely helpful for teams. RDES pointers can be found here:  FLL Robot_Design_Executive_Summary.

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 2019-2020 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.  A banner is awarded at the qualifier during closing ceremony to teams that advance to the championship.

Who is allowed in the judging rooms?

Only the students on the team are allowed in the judging rooms with the two or more judges.  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.

What are our lunch options?

Lunch options vary by venue, ranging from  a prepaid sack lunch to concession stands or cafeterias. Some venues do not allow outside food. Please read your Information Packet for event-specific details. Questions? Contact Chrissy Chandler at gst-cchandler@kcstem.org.

May we bring our own practice table?

No, your team’s FIRST LEGO League wooden table is not allowed at the Qualifiers or Championship.  All venues do allow mats (without wooden tables) if kept within your 10 ft x 10 ft pit.

Each venue also will have at least two wooden practice tables with full mat and field elements for teams to use during tournaments. Sign up sheets will be available at the venue.

A light weight foam table also is allowable at all venues. Find instructions for building your own light weight foam table here.

How do we receive our completed rubrics from the event?

Rubrics will be available after the Award Ceremony and are to be picked up at the event.

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

Mon 28
Nov 01

Cow Town ThrowDown

November 1 @ 3:00 am - November 2 @ 5:00 pm
Nov 09

FIRST LEGO League Qualifier #1

November 9 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nov 16

FIRST LEGO League Qualifier #2

November 16 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nov 23

FIRST LEGO League Qualifier #3

November 23 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm