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!
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 – 8:30amLocation: MPR
Attendees can check-in and get refreshments!
Keynote: 8:30am – 9:00amLocation: 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
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!