2015 FIRST LEGO League Kickoff – Aug 29, 2015

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Central Valley Robotics formally invites all Central Valley FLL Teams to join us for the 2015 FLL Kickoff on August 29th, 2015 at Alta Sierra Intermediate. Prior to the keynote in the morning will be networking opportunities for new and veteran coaches. The festivities officially start at 8:30 AM with the keynote from the CVR Director, Michael Adam. Following the Keynote will be three 50-minute training sessions for coaches to attend. (See below for details on the sessions). Starting at 12PM will be a lunch networking break with lunch trucks on site. Finally, at 1:15pm CVR will host the Robot Game Deep Dive to cover the 2015 Robot Game in detail.

We recommend every team send two attendees to attend all of the concurrent sessions.

Quick Summary


August 29, 2015
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
(Check-in opens at 7:45AM)


FLL Coaches and Mentors (Content will be geared towards adults, not children)
RSVP Below


Alta Sierra Intermediate
380 W Teague Ave, Clovis, CA 93619


Annual Kickoff Event to learn about the 2015 FLL Season in the Central Valley. Coaches can attend sessions on a variety of topics to help them this season. See below for more information.

Event Details

The day is broken up into three parts:  the group keynote,  the break-out training sessions, and the Robot Game Deep Dive.

Introduction to FLL for New Teams: 7:50am – 8:20am

Location: Band Room

(This is an optional session). In this session, CVR will introduce FLL and FIRST to new teams and coaches. We will cover the basics of the program and what to expect throughout the season.

Keynote: 8:30am – 9:00am

Location: Multi-Purpose Room

The opening keynote will be hosted by Michael Adam, Director of Central Valley Robotics.  He will discuss the changes to the FIRST LEGO League program in the Central California Area, the updated tournament registration process and policies, and other regional changes.

Concurrent Sessions: 9:10am – 10:00am

Session 1: Introduction to Judging
Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Join our judging team as they introduce the judging and deliberation process at our events. This session is geared for new coaches and will cover the basics of FLL judging.

Session 2: Burning Questions: Q & A with Veteran FLL Coaches
Location: Band Room

New or inexperienced coaches are invited to come and ask questions to a panel of veteran coaches. These folks have been through everything you’re about to go through and this is the best place to ask for their advice and insight from seasons past.

Concurrent Sessions: 10:10am – 11:00am

Session 1: Judging Deep Dive and Mock Sessions
Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Join our judging team for a deep dive into the judging process. They will cover tips and tricks for coaches, as well as host some mock judging sessions.

Session 2: Online Tools Workshop
Location: Band Room

Join our technology team as they demos all of the online tools available to teams this season. This includes the CVR website, TeamConnect, firstlegoleague.org and more.

Concurrent Sessions: 11:10am – 12:00pm

Session 1: Meet the Experts Project Panel
Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Join our judging team as they facilitate a question and answer forum with industry experts from fields relating to the TRASH TREK problem. Connect with experts and develop connections for your team to share their innovative solutions.

Session 2: Programming Workshop
Location: Band Room

CVR Staff will provide an overview of programming using LEGO MINDSTORMS software. Coaches will have a chance to get their feet wet before introducing the software to their teams.

Lunch Break: 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Location: Multi-Purpose Room

Following the sessions, CVR will host a lunch for coaches to network with other coaches and CVR staff.  There will be discussion groups moderated by CVR staff during the lunch period.  Please suggest topics for these lunch sessions when you get your tickets.
During the lunch period we will have Locavoria out to serve lunch, as well as some local vendors and FRC teams.  Be sure to network with the local FRC team in your area to partner for mentors and support.

Robot Game Deep Dive: 1:15pm – 3:00pm

Location: Gymnasium

This year we are bringing our Robot Game Deep Dive to the Kickoff! We will be going in-depth into the rules, missions, and robot game updates. We will discuss the Robot Game procedure and what to expect at events.

Schedule Overview

Food Truck Menu

LoCAvoria will be providing food at our Kickoff this year.  They will also be donating part of the proceeds from the day to CVR!  Help support CVR by buying lunch at the Kickoff.  Here is their menu:

  • Split Gear Burger – BLT Hamburger on a Flatbread
  • EV “3 Meatball” Sandwich – Three Meatball Flatbread Sandwich
  • Angry LEGO Chicken Chorizo – Chicken Chorizo Flatbread Sandwich

Additionally, vegetarian and gluten free options will be available upon request.

CVR Shirt Sale

Central Valley Robotics will be selling an assortment of shirts from prior FLL seasons as a fundraiser for the upcoming season.  Please check them out near the check-in table on Saturday!

RSVP for the Kickoff!

While optional, we request that all coaches and mentors that plan on attending to please RSVP for the Kickoff. In the event we are over capacity, priority will be given to those that RSVP.
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