2017 Western PA FLL Events
Welcome to another fantastic season of FLL in Western Pennsylvania!
Our schedule of season events is being finalized. Here are the currently planned team events for 2017:
FLL COMMUNITY EVENTS (sign up with event organizers)
- September 7th – Coaches Meeting – via WebEx (6:00 p.m. – 8:00)
To make it easier for more folks to participate this year, we will be having our annual beginning of the season coaches meeting via WebEx. This is an information session where we will review the details on the tournament series and championship for the year, discuss the rules for the new game, and have a broad Q&A opportunity for coaches. All coaches and mentors are welcome to participate. Please RSVP at Coaches Meeting Sign-up if you would like to participate so that we can add you to the WebEx invitation list.
- September 9th InterTeam KickOff Party – (11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
Team# 51 – Not the Droids You Are Looking For is co-hosting this season opening inter-team get together with the Sarah Heinz Advanced Robotics Program (SHARP) Come down to the Sarah Heinz House to meet other teams, talk about this years challenge, get ideas for the season and maybe catch a glimpse of a SHARP FRC bot. Let’s start the season together in the true spirit of Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation, by sharing and learning together. This year, you will get a chance to jumpstart your research project. The hosts have invited ALCOSAN (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority) to come share their knowledge about waste water. There will be hands-on activities to try and experts to speak to. After a break for lunch (food will be available), we will go over the robot game, missions and scoring. Our guest is Mr. Norm Kerman who has organized and refereed FIRST LEGO League since it started in Pittsburgh. (All teams are welcome, there is no cost to attend, but we are asking teams to RSVP through at InterTeam Kickoff Party Sign-up. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- September 16th – Coaches Coffee – Tips and Challenge Discussion at the BrainSTEM Barn – (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) This is an in-person session for any coaches who want to get together to learn more about FLL, team management, how to help your kids get more out of the experience… or just stand around the game table talking with other coaches about the Hydro Dynamics Challenge. (All welcome, but space is limited, so please RSVP at Coaches Coffee Sign-up)
- September 23rd – New Team Jump Start Workshop at the BrainSTEM Barn Back by Popular Demand – New Teams are invited to this special early season event. Bring your early robot (if you have one), your lego parts and your programming computer and get ready for a great time as a team. Teams will cycle through workshops / mini-classes on design, building, programming, engineering, strategy and presentation skills. Workshops are led by members of strong regional FLL teams, including former champions award winners. This is a great Saturday event for your team early in the season! Cool FTC robots will also be on display! (Location BrainSTEM Barn in Marshall Township) (all new teams welcome, but space is limited to the first 10 teams that RSVP with Gordon Walton at email@example.com) – Doors Open at 8:30 a.m.. Event Starts at 9:00 a.m.. Event will wrap up at 12:30 (ish).
TOURNAMENT SERIES _ EDUCATIONAL SCRIMMAGES
- September 30th (Saturday, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.) BrainSTEM Barn Blast Bazinga – Educational Scrimmage
This is the first educational scrimmage of the year and a fantastic opportunity to come and try out a few early missions in a fun, positive group setting. An initial event with lots of feedback, ideas and tips for teams looking to make improvements to their programming and robot between rounds. Both BrainSTEM Robotics FTC teams will be on hand to demonstrate some FTC robots and share things they learned back when they were in FLL. (BrainSTEM Barn in Marshall Township) (limit 12 teams) – Doors Open at 8:30 a.m.. Event Starts at 9:00 a.m.. Event will wrap up at 12:30 (ish).
- October 7th (Saturday, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.) NEW The Big Day at OLG! – Educational Scrimmage
A great, south hills venue for our newest low pressure event – made just for you to have fun and learn at early in the season. Bring your robot, your legos and your programming computer and try out your very early missions (it’s OK… no one is “ready”), get feedback from referees (and tips from experienced coaches) and then have some dedicated time between rounds to make adjustments. (Our Lady of Grace School – Pittsburgh) (limit 20 teams) (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.. Event Starts at 9:00 a.m.. Event will wrap up by 12:30. (Potential to add an afternoon event here as well based on demand)
- October 14th (Saturday, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.) NEW The Terrific Trojanator Tournament – Educational Scrimmage
Another new location for us this year… at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School! It’s still early in the season, so come out and ‘Troy” your luck at the home of the fearsome Trojanators Robotics team. Another great educational event with feedback from referees, an opportunity to see what others are doing, and some dedicated time between rounds to make adjustments. I hear they have some pretty talented kids on their crew team as well! (Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School – Cranberry Township) (limit 20 teams) (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.. Event Starts at 9:00 a.m.. Event will wrap up by 12:30. (Potential to add an afternoon event here as well based on demand)
- October 19th (Thursday, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.) Keep it Snappy! – Educational Scrimmage
This Mid-Week educational scrimmage is another great, low pressure educational scrimmages, and our first mid-week event of the year. If your team wants to go to a mid-week, after school event, then this scrimmage and working session is for you. Bring your robot, your legos and your programming computer and try out your very early missions (it’s OK… no one is “ready”), get feedback from referees (and tips from experienced coaches) and then have some dedicated time between rounds to make adjustments. (Snapology – Bethel Park) (limit 12 teams) (Doors open earlier, but scrimmage starts at 5:00)
- October 21st (Saturday 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.) Ram-bunctious Rambotic Revelry – Educational Scrimmage This is our largest educational scrimmage and is held in the great space at Pine Richland Middle/High School. Bring the team and the developing robot to test it our under game conditions and have some fast-paced, iterative working sessions in between round! No pressure and lots of feedback, ideas and tips for the team. Another great Saturday working session for in progress teams before the competition heats up. (Pine Richland Middle School) (limit 26 teams) – Doors open at 8:30 a.m.. Event Starts at 9:00 a.m.. Event will wrap up at 1:00 (ish).
- October 28th (Saturday, 9:00 – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00) Girls of Steel Halloween Bash – Educational Scrimmage
How cool is this?!? – Bring your robot and bring your costumes for this great educational scrimmage right before Halloween! This is hosted by the Girls of Steel at their beautiful practice facility at the National Robotics Engineering Center and is a frightfully good opportunity to make some progress on the robot game! Come as a team for a iterative working session – try whichever of your missions you want on the table, brainstorm about the ways to improve things, get ideas from the broader group. Lots of fun and a nice boost for team productivity – and this year, were trying a morning and an afternoon session! (Girls of Steel FRC Practice Field – @ NREC in Lawrenceville ) (limit 18 teams per session) – A.M. Event run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (doors open at 8:30) and PM Event from 12:30 – 4:00 (Doors open at 12:30)
TOURNAMENT SERIES – COMPETITIVE SCRIMMAGES
- November 4th NEW Tenacious Tiger Tech Tournament – Competitive Scrimmage
Road Trip! Are you ready for a great time! The Sharon Middle School has created an amazing destination event for our first competitive scrimmage of the year! This is a straight up robot game competition. Three rounds at the table with awards presented to top performers (and to the team best able to capture the Tiger spirit between rounds… what this means is left open to your interpretation!). Then after the competition, they have an awesome tour set up of the largest ice cream cone factory in the US! No way!? Way!! Ice cream cone robots. Totally worth the trip!
(Sharon Middle School) (limit 28 teams) – Event Starts at 10:30 a.m.. Event will wrap up at 1:30 (ish) and be followed by an ice cream cone factory tour starting at 2:00.
- November 11th The Shady Side Open (AM & PM) – Competitive Scrimmage
An annual tradition! November robotics in an idyllic setting! Everyone knows its cool in the Shade… and nothing is cooler the 2nd week in November than our Competitive Scrimmage at Shady Side Middle School! Like all of our competitive scrimmages, this will be a straight Robot Game competition. Three rounds at the table with awards presented to top performers (and to the team with the best joke at intraround open mike sessions). (Shady Side Academy, Fox Chapel) (limit 20 teams) – AM Event: Doors open @ 8:00 a.m., Competition starts at 9:00 a.m., Ends at 12:00 p.m. PM Event: Doors open @ 12:30, Competition starts at 1:00, Ends at 4:00 p.m.
- November 17th School Daze Scrimmage @ The Sarah Heinz House – Competitive Scrimmage.
Plan ahead for this Fun-Filled FRIDAY Field Trip!. This event in downtown Pittsburgh will be held on a Friday Morning and is a School Day event for school-based teams to participate in as a Friday field trip! Three rounds of the robot game with awards presented to the top performers (and to the team with the best one-minute, water-themed skit…. no open water in the gym however…). (The Sarah Heinz House, Pittsburgh) (limit 24 teams) – Doors open early, and the event is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. and will be completed by 1:00 p.m. for field trip teams to return to their schools.
- December 2nd The SciTECH ScriMMAGE – Competitive Scrimmage
Its poetry in motion… as deep as any ocean! Blinding us with SciENCE, this competitive scrimmage is hosted by the talented folks at the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. Come and lay it all on the line for the very last Competitive Scrimmage of the year! Another series of three rounds of the robot game with awards presented to the top performers (and to team with the best rendition of any song from a broadway musical!). (Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, Downtown Pittsburgh) (limit 24 teams) – Event Starts at 9:00 a.m.. Event will wrap up at 12:30 (ish).
- December 9 The Sewickley Academy Winter Fest – Competitive Scrimmage
Hopefully no snow in the forecast again this year! But the Winter Fest promises to be a blast for teams with another three rounds of the robot game and awards presented to top performers (and the team with the most inspirational team banner). (Sewickley Academy, Sewickley) (limit 24 teams per session) –AM Event: Doors open @ 8:00 a.m., Competition starts at 9:00 a.m., Ends at 12:00 p.m. PM Event: Doors open @ 12:30, Competition starts at 1:00, Ends at 4:00 p.m.
TOURNAMENT SERIES 2015 GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT (Robot Game and Full Judging of Robot, Programming, Project and Core Values)
- Date: January 12-13 2018
- Location: LaRoche College – 9000 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Welcome to the greatest celebratory event of the season! Both divisions will be having their championships concurrently at LaRoche College this weekend. Teams will be scheduled for a ~1 hour judging time on Friday afternoon/evening when they will do their Robot, Project and Core Values judging sessions. The Robot game portion of the championship then runs all day on Saturday, along with and judging callback sessions, culminating in our season finale awards session at the end of the day.All teams that have participated in at least one scrimmage this season are automatically registered for this championship.