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NorCal FLL Explore Festival – Apr 8 – San Jose State University – FULL

Date(s) - 04/08/2023
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Location San Jose State University Event Center
290 South 7th Street San Jose

Held at the same place and overlapping the Silicon Valley FIRST Robotics Competition Regional event at San Jose State University Event Center

Parking : 377 South 7th St – recommend to pre-purchase for South Garage on 7th Street

Note there is not an elevator in this Garage!

In the Event Center, there is an elevator on ground level on left side.  If you can take the stairs, take the rightmost set of stairs for all people coming to event.

We will be on the upper level on the right (south side) as you enter.    Reviewing rooms are on ground level behind the bleachers.

  • Timing of this Festival is expected to be the following – though schedule can vary due to the overlap with the FRC event.
    Volunteers show up:  8:30am
    Teams show up:  9:30-9:45am
    Ready with Pit Displays:  9:45am-12:30pm
    Ready for Award & Celebration Ceremony:   12:45pm
    Festival expected to complete 1:45pm

Visitors are welcome!

  • Please wear Closed Toe & Closed Heel Shoes, particularly if interested in visiting the  FIRST Robotics Competition teams in their Team Pit area.
  • Bring Safety Glasses if you can for each person coming in order to have the opportunity to visit with the FIRST Robotics Competition teams in their Team Pit area.
  • No outside foods/beverages will be allowed in the venue – the event center security will check all bags and containers.  There will be concessions available to purchase.
Event team registration is full
Detailed Event Schedule – updated as of April 6th

-> Teams:  Preparing for Festival / What to expect

-> Visitors/Volunteers:  Learn about SuperPOWERED Challenge Resources:   Overview


Sign up to Volunteer,   Learn more about volunteering
  • 16+ Volunteer slots are available
  • A person can do more than 1 role (if times are mostly non-overlapping).
  • All training/instruction given on day of event – so no pre-reading or studying needed ahead of time!
  • All volunteers need to be 14 years old / HS or older
  • Team affiliated volunteers can fill any role (ie there are no restrictions as there are in the Northern California FIRST LEGO League Challenge or Northern California FIRST Tech Challenge programs)

4 volunteers – Reviewer :    9:00am-1:30pm
1 volunteer – Lead Reviewer : 8:30am-1:30pm
3 to 4 volunteers – Team Activities:  10:00am-12:00pm
1 volunteer – Team Checkin: 9:00am-10:15am
1 volunteer – Volunteer Checkin: 8:30am-10:30am
2 volunteers – Team Queuer:   9:00am-12:00pm
1 volunteer – Photographer :   8:30am-1:30pm
2 volunteers – Event Clean up  / Load out:   1:30pm-2:30pm

If a particular role does not show up in the FIRST volunteer system, it is most likely that the position is fully staffed and no additional volunteers are needed for that specific role.  If you have any questions about this,  feel free to email Playing At Learning – the local NorCal FIRST partner at volunteer@playingatlearning.org


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