FIRST LEGO® League Challenge 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 Challenge 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

In the 2021-2022 season, FIRST® FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm, FIRST® teams will explore the future of transportation. From the shipment of packages in rural and urban areas, to disaster relief delivery and high-tech air transit, teams will re-imagine faster, more reliable, inclusive, and sustainable transportation innovations that better connect and grow communities and economies around the world.

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

For 2022, we are planning as close to a “normal” season as possible including in-person events.

We will continue to monitor conditions and reevaluate the possibility of shifting to a different competition format for the safety of our community.

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 Challenge 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 Challenge 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 on September 18 at 1 PM. Register here.

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 is planning for an in-person 2021-2022 FIRST Lego League Challenge season. Qualifiers are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Qualifier #1 November 20, 2021 | Olathe NW High School, Olathe, KS

Qualifier #2 December 4, 2021 | Troost Elementary School, Kansas City, MO

Qualifier #3 December 11, 2021 | Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS

Qualifier #4 December 18, 2021 | Summit Lakes Middle School, Lee’s Summit, 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 Challenge Partner Christina Chandler with specific information about how to register for a qualifier in our region.

Qualifier registration for the 2021-2022 season is now open on.

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 Challenge Championship if its original date must be cancelled. The date for this event is TBD.

Team/Coach Information Packets

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 2021-22 Season Results:

Qualifier #1 November 20, 2021 | Olathe NW High School, Olathe, KS

Qualifier #2 December 4, 2021 | Troost Elementary School, Kansas City, MO

Qualifier #3 December 11, 2021 | Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS

Qualifier #4 December 18, 2021 | Summit Lakes Middle School, Lee’s Summit, MO

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 2021-2022 FIRST LEGO League Challenge 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 Judging Session?

This season we plan to return to in-person judging sessions.

Check the FIRST Inspires site for the judging format.

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.

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