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Engineering | Fulton Engineering Education Outreach

Arizona FIRST® LEGO® League

2019 Kickoff Event Information

September 7, 2019 from 9am – 2pm

ASU Tempe Campus Memorial Union, 2nd floor

301 E. Orange Street

Tempe, AZ 85281

Free Admission and open to the public!

Parking available in the Apache Parking Structure located at 1230 Normal Ave, Tempe, 85281 

FIRST LEGO League Session Descriptions:
Challenge Release (Presented by Scott Gray, Head Referee, FIRST LEGO League; 9:00-9:45, Ventana Ballroom) We will be revealing and answering questions about this year’s robot game.  The session is open to the public and all coaches and team members are welcome to attend. *TEAM FRIENDLY*

FLL Expert Panel (Presented by Industry Experts; 10:00-10:45 and 11:00-11:45, Pima Auditorium) Worried about finding an expert to talk to about your project? Look no further! We have been working hard to provide FLL team members with a Panel of Experts that work with space in all different capacities to give you some insight into your project questions. All FLL team members are welcome to come and be prepared to ask our experts any questions you may have! *TEAM FRIENDLY*

Don’t Forget the Rubric! (Presented by Myrna and Alexandra Rolfness; 10:00-10:45, Cochise) This workshop focuses on how to use the FLL rubrics to prepare your team for a fantastic season.

Success with Robot Design (Presented by Mike Carlson, Tournament Director Metro Tech High School; 10:00-10:45, La Paz) Get your team prepared for the new rubrics in robot judging!

How to Move to FTC and the Story of our 30-day Season (Presented by Beep Patrol; 10:00-10:45, Gila) Making that leap can seem intimidating, but in this workshop, you will learn about the differences between FLL and FTC including scoring, programming and mechanical. 

Open Table Viewing and Q&A (Presented by Beep Patrol; 11:00-1:00, Ventana Ballroom) Stop by and take a look at the game table up close and get your burning questions answered by our veteran team, Beep Patrol. *TEAM FRIENDLY*

Tournament Day 101 (Presented by Russ, Daja and Braxton Harris of The LugNuts; 11:00- 11:45, Cochise) Wondering what the tournament day will look like? We will walk you through what to expect on tournament day.

Understanding Core Values (Presented by Nancy Okabe, Regional Judge Advisor; 11:00-11:45, La Paz) Learn about how judges view the core values and how we should be presenting them to our kids.

FLL Jr. BOOMTOWN Build Information Session (Presented by Zach Smith; 11:00-11:45, Gila) Interested to see the FLL Jr. BOOMTOWN Build set and learn more about starting an FLL Jr team? Zach will show you the basics of operating the WeDo 2.0 robot and try out your skills on the FLL Jr BOOMTOWN set!

Coach’s Tips and Tricks (Presented by Mark Pond; 12:00 -1:00, La Paz) Lunch and learn session! Bring your lunch for an informative presentation by Mark Pond. This session will focus on answering questions new coaches may have as well as providing best practices for being an FLL coach.

So You Think You Want to Start a FIRST Team? (Presented by the Arizona Partners for FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition; 11:45 – 12:30, Gold) This workshop provides an overview of the programs FIRST offers from K-12 with special emphasis on choosing the program that’s best for your school or organization. Discussion will also include available resources for funding a rookie team. Prospective coaches as well as teachers, principals, parents and administrators are welcome.

Marketing and Fundraising for FIRST Teams (Presented by Susan Garduno, FIRST Senior Mentor; 12:30-1:30, Pima Auditorium) This workshop will take FIRST teams from all levels through the process fundraising for the season. Topics include “getting past The Ask,” finding and applying for grants, and easy fundraisers. This workshop has great information for FIRST teams at all levels.

FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff and Workshops for more information on FTC workshops visit:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I didn’t register for Kickoff ahead of time?
    • Don’t worry about it, there wasn’t one! However, please make sure one person from your group registers with one of our helpful volunteers.

  • Which workshops should I attend?

    • If you are new to FIRST LEGO League, we suggest any workshops that are FIRST LEGO League specific. Veteran FIRST LEGO League members may want to attend cross-program workshops to start thinking about team marketing, fundraising, etc. 

      Everyone should attend our Panel of Experts that will speak to our City Shapers theme! There will be a wealth of subject knowledge in the Pima Auditorium.

  • Did I need to pre-register for workshops?

    • No registration? No problem! All of our workshops are first come first serve.

  • Who can attend the workshops?

    • The opening ceremonies, game reveal, and panel of experts are geared towards our FIRST LEGO League team members and their coaches! The afternoon workshops are geared towards coaches and older, more mature members of the team. Most of the workshops are conference-style and will be a Q and A format. 

  • Are there workshops for all FIRST programs?

    • Yes! Those workshops are identified on the schedule. They will say FIRST, versus specifying a specific program.

  • What about lunch?

    • Lunch will not be provided, however, there are many options for lunch that will be open on the first floor and basement level of the MU. 

  • Can team members attend workshops?
    • That depends on the program. For FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge (middle and high school), team members are invited and encouraged to attend workshops. For FLL (upper elementary and middle school), workshops are geared toward coaches and mentors, however, our robot game release and Panel of Experts are for team members too! That said,  ALL team members must be supervised by an adult.  FLL Jr. workshop is for both parents and children.

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