2019 Rookie Team Grant Program Sponsored by Bricks 4 Kidz

In an effort to help foster growth in the number of participating teams in the Central Valley as well as build teams in parts of the community that do not currently participate in FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr., we are pleased to announce that we will be continuing our Rookie Team Grant Program.

The Rookie Team Grant Program is designed to allow students to participate in the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. programs that otherwise would not have the resources to be able to participate. We believe that by giving students the opportunity to work with LEGO MINDSTORMS Education products and the FIRST programs, Central Valley Robotics can expand the impact of FIRST LEGO League programs in the Central Valley.

Grant Program Benefits

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What the Team Covers
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Grant Team Costs
  • A grant team is responsible for covering the National Registration Fee as detailed on the Start a Team page.
  • Grant teams will be responsible for any optional costs as detailed on the Start a Team page.
Grant Program Covers
  • $85 Event Registration Fee(s)
  • Challenge Kit
  • Grant Program teams also get priority registration to qualifying events.
  • Teams will borrow an EV3 / NXT set from Bricks 4 Kidz Fresno or Central Valley Robotics for use during the season.  This kit must be returned at the end of the season.
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Grant Team Costs
  • A grant team is responsible for covering the National Registration Fee as detailed on the Start a Team page.
  • Grant teams will be responsible for any optional costs as detailed on the Start a Team page.
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Grant Program Requirements

This grant program is intended to support new teams in the area.   Applicants should read the FIRST LEGO League Participation Rules and the Season Standards Manual to fully understand how FIRST LEGO League works in the area.

Requirements

The requirements for teams in the grant program:

  • Teams must be in full compliance with the FIRST LEGO League Participation rules linked above.
  • The team must be a rookie team.  Veteran teams cannot apply for the grant.
  • The team must be located in the jurisdiction of CVR and attend a Official Event in the Central California area.
  • The team must complete all required portions of the challenge (Project, Robot Game, Robot Design, Core Values).
  • The team must return all materials (EV3/NXT, Challenge Kit, etc.) to Bricks 4 Kidz following their last competition. Kits must be returned in good condition with all parts.
  • An adult representative for the team will need to sign a checkout document when borrowing the EV3/NXT kit from Bricks 4 Kidz and will be liable for any damages or missing pieces.
  • The team must be in a Title 1 (or equivalent) area.
  • The team must present a detailed and complete plan for growth following their first year in the program.

This grant program is intended to support new teams in the area.  Applicants should read the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Participation Rules and the Season Standards Manual to fully understand how FIRST LEGO League works in the area.

Requirements

The requirements for teams in the grant program:

  • Teams must be in full compliance with the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Participation rules.
  • The team must be a rookie team.  Veteran teams cannot apply for the grant.
  • The team must be located in the jurisdiction of CVR and attend an Official Expo in the Central California area.
  • The team must complete all required portions of the challenge (Show Me Poster and LEGO Model).
  • The team must return all materials (WeDo Kit, LEGO elements, Motor, etc) to Bricks 4 Kidz following their last competition.  Kits must be returned in good condition with all parts.
  • An adult representative for the team will need to sign a checkout document when borrowing the WeDo kit from Bricks 4 Kidz and will be liable for any damages or missing pieces.
  • The team must be in a Title 1 (or equivalent) area.
  • The team must present a detailed and complete plan for growth following their first year in the program.

Timeline and Steps to Submit the Application

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Start of Team Registration

Early May: National Registration Opens

National Registration opens for all four programs.

Mid May: Grant Program Opens

Rookie Team Grant Program applications open for first wave.  This includes grants for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr.
Season Begins

Early August: Challenge Release for FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League

The 2018 MISSION MOON and INTO ORBIT Challenges are released to world and teams can begin working on the challenge.
Event Season Begins

November - February: Official FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expos

Official Expos are held on weekends in November, December, January, February.  More details regarding event locations can be found on the Expos page.

November - December: Official FIRST LEGO League Qualifiers

Official Qualifiers are held on weekends in November and December.  More details regarding event locations can be found on the Tournaments page.

Mid December: Regional Championship

The Central California Championship will be held in mid December.  More details regarding event locations can be found on the Tournaments page.

Step 1: Read the Documentation

The first step to our grant program is to fully read this page and understand all requirements of the program.

Step 2: Register with FIRST

This will get you the temporary team number needed for the application.   You do not need to pay the registration fee until after grant recipients are announced.

Step 3: Complete the Application

New for 2019: View a PDF version of the application to prepare responses to questions in the application. Note, only the online version is accepted for submission.

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