2017 Central Valley Kickoff – September 9, 2017

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Central Valley Robotics formally invites all Central Valley FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams to join us for the 2017 Central Valley Kickoff on September 9th, 2017 at Alta Sierra Intermediate. 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 there will be a lunch networking break with a food truck on site.  Finally, at 1:30pm CVR will host an afternoon FIRST LEGO League robot game demonstration, “FIRST LEGO League in Ten Days”, where high school team members will demonstrate some solutions they came up with for this year’s season.  For lunch and the afternoon competition, we welcome parents and student members to join us!

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

Quick Summary


September 9, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
(Check-in opens at 7:45AM)


FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. 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 2017 FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. Seasons in the Central Valley. Coaches can attend sessions on a variety of topics to help them this season. See below for more information.

Agenda was last updated on August 22nd.

Event Details

The day is broken up into three parts: the keynote, the break-out training sessions, and the “FIRST LEGO League in Ten Days” mock competition.

Check-in: 7:45am – 8:30am

Location: MPR

Attendees can check-in and get refreshments!

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 and FIRST LEGO League Jr. programs in the Central California Area, the updated tournament registration process and policies, and other regional changes.

Concurrent Sessions: 9:10am – 10:00am

MPR Session: Intro to FIRST LEGO League Jr.

Come learn about FIRST LEGO League Jr. and the 2017 FIRST LEGO League Jr. season: AQUA ADVENTURE!

Gymnasium Session: FIRST LEGO League Robot Game Deep Dive

Join our Head Referee and other CVR Staff as we go in-depth into the rules, missions, and robot game updates.  We will discuss the Robot Game procedure and what to expect at events.

Band Room Session: EV3 Platform Demo

Bricks 4 Kidz will provide an overview of programming using the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 software. Coaches will have a chance to get their feet wet before introducing the software to their teams.

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

MPR Session: Introduction to FIRST LEGO League Judging

Join our Regional Judge Advisor as she introduces the judging and deliberation process at our events. This session is geared for new coaches and will cover the basics of FIRST LEGO League judging.

Gymnasium Session: Q & A with Veteran FIRST LEGO League Coaches

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.

Band Room Session: WeDo Platform Demo

Come watch as Bricks 4 Kidz demonstrates how to operate and program in WeDo.

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

MPR Session: Online Tools Workshop

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

Gymnasium Session: Meet the Topic Experts Panel

Join our judging team as they facilitate a question and answer forum with industry experts from fields relating to the HYDRO DYNAMICS and AQUA ADVENTURE challenges. Make connections with experts that will allow your team to share their innovative solutions.  We have representatives from: California Water Institute, Kings River Water Association, California State Water Resources Control Board, and the Clovis Public Utilities Department.

Lunch Break: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

During the lunch period we will have a local food truck that will be out to serve lunch. Also, we are bringing back the “FRC Row” where local FIRST Robotics Competition teams will be out demonstrating their robots, promoting their brands, and offering support for FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. coaches.

FIRST LEGO League in Ten Days”: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Location: Gymnasium

CVR has invited a number of local high school robotics teams to show off what they can do with the HYDRO DYNAMICS Challenge in just ten days.  Watch these high school students act like FIRST LEGO League teams and show off their solutions.  Check out their robots during the lunch hour, and ask them questions regarding design, programming, and more!

We welcome parent and students to join us for lunch and the afternoon mock competition. Parents and students do not need tickets for the afternoon session.

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