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Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Team Kickoff

2017 5th Annual Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Team Kickoff
Last updated Sept. 19, 2017 – 5:45 PM (check back for updates prior to the event)

Link to Pre-Registration for Teams for the Sept 23 Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Kickoff  

Link to list of teams already pre-registered

Link to Pre-registration to be an event volunteer (no previous experience required for most positions)

Consent & Release Forms:
A signed QCESC consent form must be provided at check in for all attendees including teams (students, coaches, and mentors) along with event volunteers and speakers. 

For students who are minors (less than 18 years old), the consent form must be signed by one of their parent or guardians.

Link to a blank QCESC consent form which will also be available at the check-in table.

Quad City area FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams from Iowa & Illinois including students, coaches and mentors are cordially invited to attend the 5th Annual FLL Kickoff free of charge through the gracious free hosting by the Putnam Museum & Science Center on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 8:30 AM until 12:05 PM.

While we encourage teams to attend the entire event, you can attend whatever portion you are available.  A recommended strategy is to have your team divide up so you can attend each

 of the breakout sessions.  The 8:30 AM formal combined group kickoff presentation is highly recommended for all teams.

Our keynote will be given by Brianna Huber, chemist for the City of East Moline Water Filtration Plant.  As a chemist and licensed Class A Water Operator, Brianna ensures quality water is produced and delivered to the residents and businesses of East Moline.  Brianna received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Augustana College, a Master of Science in Health Sciences from Western Illinois University, a certificate in Health Services Administration from Western Illinois University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in Management from Western Illinois University. 

The Kickoff provides a fun way to meet other teams, learn and share FLL information including opportunities to talk with water experts, FLL judges and referees. In addition, several returning teams who previously have received awards and participated at State Championships and the FIRST World Championship will be on hand to share their experiences.

Event Date:
Saturday, September 23, 2017

Putnam Museum & Science Center
1717 W. 12th Street
Davenport, Iowa 

Event Parking:
With a large number of expected attendees, please allow time for parking.  Areas marked in yellow are for team attendees.   Volunteers should park in the area highlighted in pink.

Overall Schedule: 

Time Event Location
8:00 – 8:20 Team & Volunteer Check-in Main Entrance
8:30 – 9:30 Opening with Special Guest Speakers, Team Introductions,
and FLL Insights
9:35 – 10:05 Breakout Session 1 See Locations Below
(2nd Floor)
10:10 – 10:55  Professional Exhibits Grand Lobby
  Coach / Mentor Basics Immerse Room (1st Floor)
  Robot Game Setup and Q&A with FLL Referees   Grand Lobby
  FIRST Tech Challenge  Demonstration Grand Lobby
  FIRST Robotics Competition Demonstration Grand Lobby
  FLL Junior Demonstration Grand Lobby
11:00 – 11:30 Breakout Session 2 See Locations Below
(2nd Floor)
11:35 – 12:05 Breakout Session 3 See Locations Below
(2nd Floor)
12:05 Event Concludes  

A recommended strategy is to have your team divide up so you can attend all of the breakout sessions.

Breakout Sessions for FLL Students, Coaches and Mentors 

Topic EV3 Programming Core Values Project Strategy, Locomotion, Navigation
Location Palmer Fab Lab  Theater Balcony Waterman Boardroom
9:35 – 10:05 Session 1 Session 1 Session 1 Session 1
11:00 – 11:30 Session 2 Session 2 Session 2 Session 2
11:35 – 12:05 Session 3 Session 3 Session 3 Session 3

Link to combined schedule for FLL & FLL Jr.

Breakout Presenters:

EV3 Programming: Hands-on overview of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 programming.

Core Values: Insights on on core values including what to expect during your Core Values judging interview

Project: Insights on the research project including what to expect during your project judging interview    

Strategy, Locomotion, Navigation:   Insights on strategy, locomotion and navigation including on robot design judging interviews


Link for Organizations or Business to Pre-Register to Have a Display Supporting the FLL Challenge HYDRO DYNAMICS (no cost to display) 
(Deadline to Pre-Register: Thursday, September 21 or until full)

With doors opening around 7:00 AM, displays need to be setup and ready by 10:00 AM with tear down around 12:05 PM.

2017 Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Kickoff Planning Team:

  • Theresa Barber
  • Pat Barnes
  • Susan Eckert
  • Brittany Glass
  • Jeff Melvin
  • Beth Ullmark

Key FLL Links