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What is the use of having a First LEGO League (FLL) team if you do not compete in a competition, right? Plus you need to place well in a local competition to be able to move on to national and international competitions.
But before you run off and sign up your newly formed team to just any competition be aware that there are some “non-qualifying” competitions, kind of like exhibition-matches and not “real” competitions. If you sign up for and win one of these, well that is nice and all, but it won’t get you into a state competition and on to nationals. So I don’t sign up for these, for me FLL is about teaching young students how to have fun and be competitive, and I want my students to move on if they happen to win.
So with that said, look for a local FLL “qualifying” competition and register with it. There are so many FLL teams where I live here in Northern Colorado that some teams are bumped to compete in farther away qualifiers because our local one is just too full. So I try to register as early as I can and cross my fingers that we get accepted. Since this is a “qualifying” event, if we place well, we go on to the state competition in Denver that is usually three weeks later (usually the second weekend in December). We usually pay $75 a team to be in the competition plus the cost of t-shirts (additional $8/student).
I am usually confirmed with my registrations into local qualifiers by September 20th.
- Brad Flickinger, Bethke Elementary School
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I get started on my First LEGO League (FLL) team at the beginning of August every year. My information stays on the FLL website, but if you are just getting started you will have to enter your information for your team when you register with the national FLL website.
To get started just go to http://www.usfirst.org and click on the FLL Registration link. You will use your email address as your username and a password that you create.
To go directly to the login page just bookmark this website: https://gofll.usfirst.org
Since my school doesn’t start until mid August, I need to take a bit of a risk and register a team before I even have a team because it is important for me to have a field kit (the mat and props for the annual challenges) here at my school for the first day of school so that we can start with FLL as soon as the school starts. So you will need to register one team and order one field kit.
We usually have three teams at my school, so I register the other teams after we get them organized around the 20th of August. One way that we save money is that we share one field kit. This is possible because each team meets on a different day.
It usually only takes a week to get the field kit.
- Brad Flickinger, Bethke Elementary SchoolRead More
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