FLL Blog Volume 20

FLL Blog Volume 20


For Public and Tribal Compact Schools with

FLL Challenge Teams!

You should have received this email-


If you are receiving this email, it is because your school/ FLL team was a recipient of on OSPI grant award in the 2023-24 school year.
It is time for all FLL OSPI grant award recipients to submit their required year-end report through the grant portal. These mandatory reports are due February 29, 2024.  Failure to meet the report deadline will result in a loss of eligibility for OSPI funding next season.
To ensure that your school/ team is eligible for this funding next year please coordinate with the person who submitted the grant application this year to get this report submitted by the February 29th deadline!
Please feel free to reach out with any questions that you may have to grants@firstwa.org and we appreciate your time and effort in assisting with this! 
Please reach out to your administrator at your school that handles grants to get this sent in asap! 
Thank you!!

FLL Explore World Festival Lottery!


I had 4 teams apply to attend World Festival for FLL Explore. After the drawing-

Congratulations team 23521 Little LEGO Tekineer Krew!

FLL Challenge Open Invitationals!

Results for the 4 Open Invitational

spots are below!

I stated in the last blog that the sign ups were open to award winning teams from the Eastern and Western Washington State Championships, and unfortunately I had two teams that did not win awards at state that applied along with 7 award winners. The results by event are below!


Western Edge Invitational in Long Beach, CA

There is 1 spot to this event. The team chosen is-



WPI Invitational in Worcester, Massachusetts

There is 1 spot to this event. The team chosen is-


American Dream Invitational in East Rutherford, NJ

There are 2 spots to this event. The team first team chosen is-

The second team chosen is- 

Congratulations to teams-

62832 RoboDogs attending Western Edge

60626 Incredibot Squad attending WPI

48572 42 Watts attending American Dream

60182 Kreative Koalas attending American Dream

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Open Invitational Lottery Sign Up

If you won an award at either of the FIRST LEGO League Challenge State Championships and are interested in attending one of the Open Invitationals, then please fill out the forms at the links below.

If more than one team fills out that events form, I will be holding a drawing to choose the team that gets to attend that Invitational. 

Each Invitational has its own form. I will be drawing in this order- Western Edge (1 spot), WAFFLE (1 spot), American Dream (2 spots).

If your team applies for all 3 and is chosen for more than 1, you will only get to attend the first one you are chosen for. Make sure you actually want to attend the Invitationals you apply for!

Teams are responsible for all expenses associated with the Invitational including registration and all travel.

Deadline to enter is February 18th. Drawing if needed will be held on February 19th.

FIRST LEGO League Explore World Festival Lottery!

The long awaited World Festival lottery sign up for FLL Explore!

If your Explore team is interested in attending World Festival in Houston- and has paid their FIRST Washington registration- fill out the form at the link below.

World Festival is April 17-20, 2024 in Houston Texas.

Teams are responsible for all expenses associated with the Invitational including registration and all travel.

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Thank You Teams!!

This season we have almost 400 teams attend events in the State of Washington!

That is awesome!

It has been so much fun watching what your teams have accomplished this season! I hope to hear about all the projects that move forward and all that teams do in the off season!

Your teams should be so prould of what the learned this season! I know I am proud of them!

Awards and Advancement

Two teams moving on to World Festival in Houston Texas! Two teams moving on to Open Invitationals!

Our Eastern Washington Champions Award Winner and our Western Washington Champions Award Winner are both moving on to the World Festival in Houston Texas!

Congratulations to team 46665- Intelligent Mavericks from Richland, WA and to team 52060- Brickineers from Redmond WA!

I will see you in Houston!

Our Eastern Washington Champions Award Finalist and our Western Washington Champions Award Finalist are both moving on to the Open Invitational of their choice!

Congratulations to team 55142- Mushroom Monarchs from Royal City, WA and to team 39764- TUCOPSBI from Bellevue WA!

55142 is headed to the Western Edge Open in Long Beach California!

39764 has not yet decided! I can’t wait to see what they choose!

Additional Open Invitational spots

I will have 4 additional Invitational spots after both Finalist teams have chosen. The three Invitationals are listed below. 1 spot is already taken for Western Edge, and if the West Champions Finalist takes the other, then that open will no longer be an option. 


Western Edge Open

May 31-June 2, 2024

Long Beach Convention Center

300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, California, USA, 90802


WPI (WAFFLE) Open Invitational

June 7-9, 2024

Campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, Massachusetts, USA


American Robotics Invitational

May 18-19, 2024

American Dream

East Rutherford, NJ USA

Submit a video thank you to the Washington State Legislature

FIRST Washington is hosting a Legislative Day on February 20th at the capitol building, where board members and staff will be advocating for STEAM funding on behalf of FIRST Washington teams. But we need your help! 

Interested in helping out? We need teams from all over the state to submit impactful videos showing the legislature why FIRST Washington programs are important to you! 

Your video does not have to be fancy, and we encourage everyone to get creative! 

But it should include the details below –

  1. Your team saying “Thank you to our State Legislators ______ and Governor Inslee for supporting FIRST Washington!”
  2. We are FIRST Washington team NAME, NUMBER, from SCHOOL in CITY.
  3. What does FIRST Washington mean to us? 
  4. Show what your team has been doing this season and how support from the legislature has helped your team. 

The video should be no longer than 5 minutes. Please send a shareable link with the video file to Outreach Manager Adrianna Miller adriannam@firstwa.org  by February 14th at 5:00pm.

The email should contain your – Program, team number, team name, school, city. 

It helps if you post your video on your team’s YouTube page and share the link with us, or have it online somewhere. This will be easier for us to show the videos to your legislators. 


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January Coaches Chat

Because of the FTC Intertleage prep going on this week, I am moving the coaches chat to Tuesday, January 16th at 7pm.

This Coaches chat is for FLL Challenge teams. We will be discussing the Semifinal Events and the 2 State Championship events. I will also talk about the plans for the 3 different Open Invitationals I have spots for.

To attend the coaches chat, you can click the link below, or find it on the FIRSTWA Calendar.

Semifinal Team Lists Posted!

The team lists for each Semifinal are posted on the calendar event pages. The links are below in the locations section.

They are also updated on the Awards and Advancement sheet on the website.

I accommodated as many requests as I could, but there were a few I was unfortunately unable to accommodate.

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What a great two weekends of FLL Events! I hope everyone that participated had fun!

Between Eastern and Western Washington, there were 14 FLL Challenge events and 3 FLL Explore events! 

I made it to 5 FLL Challenge events over the 2 weekends, and it was great to see the teams excitement!

We aren’t done with events yet! There are 4 FLL Challenge Semifinal and 2 State Championship events coming up in January and February! All these events are in need of volunteers. 

In March we have the next round of FLL Explore events with 2, one in Western Washington and one in Eastern Washington. 


Awards are posted on the website!

Semifinal Assignments!!

Semifinal assignments are posted to the far right on the award results sheet. The link is in the button above! 


All advancing teams have been assigned to a semifinal event. I tried my best to make sure schools were placed together. If you are unable to attend on the day you were assigned, please fill out the form at this link to request a switch. I will do my best to accomidate, but I can only switch teams out of an event if someone wants to switch into that event. Flexibility on location helps make it easier. Please indicate in the notes why the date does not work for your team. 


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Our First weekend of events is over! I hope all the teams attending had a fun time and learned a lot! I had a great time at the events I attended watching the teams and checking out what they coould do! 

Weekend 2 is coming up! Who’s excited! 

There are 6 events this weekend throughout the state. Check the calendar if you’d like to watch one near you! 

FIRST LEGO League Participation Rules

There seems to be some confusion around the Participation rules for FIRST LEGO League Challenge. I have posted some highlights below, as well as a link to the entire document. This is readily available on FIRST’s website.

General Participation Rules- Some highlights

Teams, coaches, and other supporters must demonstrate the Core Values in their actions and activities.

All work presented at events is the work of the children on the team.

Competitive team Participation Rules- Some highlights

These additional rules apply to teams competing in qualifying events:

  • All work presented at an official event is the work of the children on the team.
  • A competitive team consists of a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of ten (10) children. Proper adult supervision is required as described in the FIRST® Youth Protection Policy.
  • A team must be registered and fully paid in their national registration system to sign up for official events. Additional regional/local event fees may apply.
  • All team members attending an event are required to participate in the judging session and be present as a team at the Robot Game matches.

Consequences- Some highlights

FIRST® gives authority to volunteers staffing FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge official events to interpret and implement the Participation Rules, guided by global FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge training materials.

  • Teams, coaches, and supporters at official events are expected to demonstrate the Core values and Gracious Professionalism®.
    • Individuals interfering with, excessively instructing, prompting, or heckling a team or volunteer may be asked to leave.
    • Severe infractions of these rules may result in a team’s dismissal from the event. FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge official event volunteers are provided training to identify and respond to these situations (See FIRST® Youth Protection Policy).
  • Individuals and/or teams who fail to abide by the Participation Rules may be ineligible for awards at a tournament.
Award Results

Coming Soon to the Website!

Awards results page!

I will send out the link as soon as it is up!

Volunteers Needed!

We are still in need of volunteers for our Semifinal and State Championship Events!

If you are interested, or know someone who is, email Mara Kealey at marak@firstwa.org 

Event Locations and dates:


2 Events
January 20-21 Cedar Heights Middle School

2 Events
 January 20-21 Ballard High School

Eastern State Championship

January 27th, 2024 in Spokane at EWU

Western State Championship

February 4th, 2024 in Seattle at Amazon