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Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Team Kickoff

2018 – Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Team Kickoff
Last updated 11Sep18 7:09 PM  (check back for updates prior to the event)

Quad City area FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams from Iowa & Illinois including students, coaches and mentors are cordially invited to attend the FREE, 6th Annual FLL Kickoff  through the gracious free hosting by the Putnam Museum & Science Center on Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 8:30 AM until approximately 12:05 PM.   

The Kickoff provides a fun way to meet other teams, learn and share FLL information including opportunities to talk with space related 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.

To help insure we have adequate space and materials, all FIRST LEGO League teams (students, coaches, mentors and parents), event volunteers, and people supporting displays attending the kickoff must pre-register and provide signed consent forms when checking in as outlined below.

Link to Pre-Registration for Teams for the Sept 22, 2018 Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Kickoff  

List of FLL Teams that have Pre-Registered Below (Automatically updated):

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

Link for Organizations or Business to Pre-Register to Have a Display Supporting the FLL Challenge  INTO ORBITSM (no cost to display) 
(Deadline to Pre-Register: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 or until full)

Current pre-registered displays:

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.

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.

As part of our opening session, you will:

  • Introduce Each Team in Attendance
  • Show Very Special Video 
     See a special 10 minute video made for supporting FIRST LEGO League’s INTO ORBITSM  challenge.  The video features Tomas Gonzalez-Torres who held the position of Flight Director for the Mission Control Center at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Tomas has a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University where he is currently a Aerospace Engineering Lecturer.  He lives in Boone, Iowa with his wife, Heather, and three children.  Tomas was one of our keynote speakers for the QCESC Annual STEM Banquet held Feb. 22, 2018 at the Putnam.
  • Discuss Key Resources Available to Teams 
    Nicole Fannin, Program Coordinator from Iowa State University College of Engineering K-12 Outreach will discuss and review resources available to help team this year including sharing some cool links.
  • Review FLL Qualifier Registration Process
    Will review the process and schedule for Iowa & Illinois teams to register to attend FLL qualifying events.  

Event Date:
Saturday, September 22, 2018

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. – eagles Eagles EAGLES BOOM Team #22,482 (Muscatine) – 2017 QC Champions & Robot Performance Awards, Iowa State Qualifier 

Core Values: Insights on on core values including what to expect during your Core Values judging interview – Members of World Changers Team #2791 (Davenport) , Judges & Mentor Award at 2018 Detroit FIRST World Championship

Project: Insights on the research project including what to expect during your project judging interview – Members of  The Winter Soldiers FTC Team #8813, 2018 Iowa FTC Champions & Qualifier Detroit FIRST World Championship 

Strategy, Locomotion, Navigation:   Insights on strategy, locomotion and navigation including on robot design judging interviews – RoboGators Team #12067 (East Moline), 2018 Illinois State Championship Qualifier 

FIRST Progression of Program Displays:

  • FIRST LEGO League Junior Table with topics  – Flourish & Bots FTC Team #12863
  • FIRST Tech Challenge – The Winter Soldiers Team #8813
  • FIRST Robotics Competition – QC Elite Team #648

Link for Organizations or Business to Pre-Register to Have a Display Supporting the FLL Challenge  INTO ORBITSM (no cost to display) 
(Deadline to Pre-Register: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 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 12:00 PM.

2018 Quad Cities FIRST LEGO League Kickoff Planning Team:

  • Theresa Barber
  • Pat Barnes
  • Madison Bowie 
  • Susan Eckert
  • Jeff Melvin
  • Sanchia Horst Sommer 
  • Beth Ullmark

Key FLL Links