FLL Championship VOLUNTEER

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It’s way more than building robots.

FIRST LEGO League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) research a real-world problem such as trash, food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS¬ģ, then compete on a table-top playing field.

It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination and innovating, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice Core Values.

Each team’s season typically¬†concludes with a capstone tournament. All teams may register to compete¬†at a November Qualifier Tournament and ~25% of teams are invited to advance to a Championship Tournament based on the team’s overall evaluation¬†for Robot, Project and Core Values.

Most Northern California Qualifier tournaments have 16 teams and are planned to last approximately 10 hours (8am to 6pm) on a Saturday or Sunday in November.  There are several Northern California Championship tournaments and these are scheduled across our region on a Saturday or Sunday between December and February.

Why volunteer ?

  • Make a difference in the lives of young people
  • Help kids discover the fun in science and technology
  • Help young people apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Network with like-minded professionals
  • Help celebrate science and technology

What roles are needed most?

Key Tournament Roles

  • Robot Design¬†Judge¬†– Interviews¬†the teams about their robot including mechanical, programming and game strategy. ¬†Works with other judges to¬†assign awards to teams. Help¬†hand out awards and High 5‚Äôs.
  • Project¬†Judge¬†– Interviews¬†the teams about their project which will provide an innovative solution to a problem identified within the year’s challenge theme. Works¬†with other judges to¬†assign awards to teams. Help¬†hand out awards and High 5‚Äôs.
  • Core Values¬†Judge¬†– Interviews¬†the teams about their¬†teamwork, core values, collaboration¬†and overall team structure. Works¬†with other judges to¬†assign awards to teams. Help¬†hand out awards and High 5‚Äôs.
  • Judge Advisor¬†– Facilitates the overall judging process.
  • Game Referee / Head Referee¬†– Responsible for reading and enforcing the game rules and scoring each match. Works as a team under the direction of the Head Referee.
  • Master of Ceremony / Emcee¬†– Sets the tone of the event and is responsible for¬†the¬†Welcome¬†and Closing¬†ceremonies.
  • Game Announcer¬†– Working with the Emcee, the game announcer helps with team introductions, game play commentary and reporting scores.
  • Photographer – Takes pictures of each team and helps to capture the overall event.

Additional NorCal General Tournament Volunteer Roles

NorCal FIRST LEGO League Tournament Role Descriptions,

Other ways to get involved

  • Planning Committee¬†– Work as part of a team for planning a tournament. Contact us if interested!
  • Host¬†a¬†Lunch & Learn at your workplace – Learn more about the¬†FIRST programs and ways to be involved! ¬†Interest form

When & Where are the Northern California FLL Tournaments?

For the 2017-2018 season, we will have 30 to 35 qualifiers between November 4th and 19th throughout Northern California divided into 3 districts.  Each district will have a NorCal Championship which will be held between December and February.

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Have you registered to be a Tournament Volunteer and not sure what the role entails?  Informational webinar  Slides (pdf),  Recording(mp4).