FLL Blog Volume 19

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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FRC Blog: Volume 17

Coaches Chat is this Thursday Feb. 15th at 7:00pm

It is important you have an adult in attendance at this specific Coaches Chat meeting. We will be going over our events at a high level and talking about when you will be receiving event specific information for each of your events.

Your team is responsible to know this information.

Want to be an Event Volunteer? It’s Time to Sign Up!

Three of our events are already full for all event roles. Glacier Peak, Auburn, and Sammamish.

All remaining events – Clackamas, Oregon State Fair, SunDome, Bonney Lake, and Wilsonville – are still looking for event volunteers. Specifically, Judges for Oregon State Fair and SunDome is the greatest need.

Consider signing up to volunteer, or helping recruit local volunteers! Remember, you cannot Judge at an event if you’re affiliated with a competing team.

Questions about available roles? Email Mara at Marak@firstwa.org to learn more!

Dean’s List – a Note from the Senior JA, Graeme Baer

Hello FIRST Coaches,

Thank you for submitting nominations for Dean’s List!Please let your student(s) know that they will be interviewed at the XXX district event.If your student does not have an electronically submitted Consent and Release form, I encourage you to have the student’s parents/guardians address that prior to the event.  If that’s not possible, you will need to provide a signed Consent and Release form for the student when you check in at your event.  Students without signed Consent and Release forms will not be interviewed.Specific interview schedules are assigned by your event’s Judge Advisor.  We aim to have them posted at Pit Admin when you load-in.Judges at your event will select two students to advance to the District Championship event in Portland where they will be re-interviewed.  If your team is not attending the District Championship event but one of your students advances, Adrienne Collins and I will work with you to determine whether your student is attending without their team or will require a remote interview.  You’ll hear from us about this topic after advancements are finalized after Week 4.I encourage you and your student(s) to review FIRST’s Dean’s List Award Guide.If you have additional questions not covered by FIRST’s guide, please let me know.Graeme BaerPNW District Senior Judge Advisor

Event Accommodations

In the PNW we work very hard to accommodate the needs of our students and Mentors.  We can’t always accommodate everythign but we work hard to come up with the best solution possible so every participant can have a great experience. 

To do this, we need your help.  We can’t accommodate things we don’t know about AND it is very difficult for us to make plans for accommodations once our FRC event season has started.   To help ensure a great experience for everyone, we have come up with a form that teams can fill it ouf they have participants that need specific accommodations.  Please fill out this form to let us know about any accommodations you team may have. 

Again, I would like to reiterate, we can’t promise we can accommodate every need but we will make every effort. 

Workshops & Quiet Rooms at Events

I know many of our teams look forward to hosting workshops at events which we think is outstanding but takes a bit of planning on our part. The window is closing for submitting to host a workshop at an event this season.

Note: If you are interested in presenting at DCMP, feel free to enter that here, if you don’t qualify, we will confirm with you prior to scheduling your workshop.

We are still looking for quiet room hosts for all of our FRC events this season. 5588 provides a tote that rides on the truck with quiet room supplies.

We ask that our host be willing to set up the quiet room and make sure it is manned with 2 adults during the period of time that it is open. Many of our hosts will work with other teams to staff the quiet room so their adults are not responsible to staff it for the entire event. If you are interested in being a quiet room host, please fill out this form. In the event we get two teams willing to host, we will connect them so they can work together to provide a quiet space for our participants.

This form will close on Feb 13 and you will no longer be able to sign up to host a workshop.

Submit a Thank You Video 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!

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 –

Your team saying “Thank you to our State Legislators ______ and Governor Inslee for supporting FIRST Washington!”
We are FIRST Washington team NAME, NUMBER, from SCHOOL in CITY.
What does FIRST Washington mean to us?
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.

Event Pages are LIVE!

Our event pages are live! Currently, we have the event location, schedule and team list posted but more information will be added as we get closer to the events.  You can access that information on our website here:  https://firstwa.org/competitions/  

FLL Blog Volume 18

FLL Blog Volume 18

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. 

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Western Edge Open

May 31-June 2, 2024

Long Beach Convention Center

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

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WPI (WAFFLE) Open Invitational

June 7-9, 2024

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

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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. 

 

FRC Blog: Volume 16

Coaches Chat Thursday Feb. 15th at 7:00pm

Our next Coaches Chat is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th at 7:00 pm. It is important you have an adult in attendance at this meeting. We will be going over our events at a high level and talking about when you will be receiving event specific information for each of your events.

Your team is responsible to know this information.

Event Accommodations

In the PNW we work very hard to accommodate the needs of our students and Mentors.  We can’t always accommodate everythign but we work hard to come up with the best solution possible so every participant can have a great experience. 

To do this, we need your help.  We can’t accommodate things we don’t know about AND it is very difficult for us to make plans for accommodations once our FRC event season has started.   To help ensure a great experience for everyone, we have come up with a form that teams can fill it ouf they have participants that need specific accommodations.  Please fill out this form to let us know about any accommodations you team may have. 

Again, I would like to reiterate, we can’t promise we can accommodate every need but we will make every effort. 

Workshops & Quiet Rooms at Events

I know many of our teams look forward to hosting workshops at events which we think is outstanding but takes a bit of planning on our part. The window is closing for submitting to host a workshop at an event this season.

Note: If you are interested in presenting at DCMP, feel free to enter that here, if you don’t qualify, we will confirm with you prior to scheduling your workshop.

We are still looking for quiet room hosts for all of our FRC events this season. 5588 provides a tote that rides on the truck with quiet room supplies.

We ask that our host be willing to set up the quiet room and make sure it is manned with 2 adults during the period of time that it is open. Many of our hosts will work with other teams to staff the quiet room so their adults are not responsible to staff it for the entire event. If you are interested in being a quiet room host, please fill out this form. In the event we get two teams willing to host, we will connect them so they can work together to provide a quiet space for our participants.

This form will close on Feb 13 and you will no longer be able to sign up to host a workshop.

Menstrual Equity at Events

What is Menstrual Equity?

Menstrual Equity refers to the idea that everyone should be provided access to affordable menstrual hygiene products. Lack of access to products can cause discomfort and health risks such as reproductive tract infections and Toxic Shock Syndrome.

The goal of m.e. FIRST is to provide everybody with free pads and tampons at FRC competitions to remove the financial barriers related to menstruation.

How to Help?

Your team can help with this project by signing up as a m.e. FIRST Ambassador to assist in providing menstrual products available at your events. This includes placing menstrual products in the bathrooms and making care packages for teams to keep with them throughout the event. If you’re interested or have any questions, please reach out to 2980m.e@gmail.com.

Submit a Thank You Video 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!

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 –

Your team saying “Thank you to our State Legislators ______ and Governor Inslee for supporting FIRST Washington!”
We are FIRST Washington team NAME, NUMBER, from SCHOOL in CITY.
What does FIRST Washington mean to us?
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.

Event Pages are LIVE!

Our event pages are live! Currently, we have the event location, schedule and team list posted but more information will be added as we get closer to the events.  You can access that information on our website here:  https://firstwa.org/competitions/  

FTC Blog: Volume 20

Every team is invited to submit for the Promote and Compass award

Every team is invited to submit for the Promote and Compass award.

For many of you, the official robot play has ended for the season.  There are two awards that are judged at state, however, that all teams are eligible to submit for, the Promote and Compass Awards.
You can find more information on these awards in the Game Manual Part 1  If your team is interested in submitting for either of these awards, you will need to fill out the submission form by 5 pm Wednesday, January 31st.  You can access the submission form here. You must submit a separate entry for each award.
 
Please note, you do not need to be present to win the award but all teams are welcome to attend our State Championship event at Amazon.  If your team did not qualify and is interested in attending, please contact me. 

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.