***Hot Topics*** for Oregon FIRST LEGO League® Teams
— INTO ORBIT NEWS —
- Payments for Qualifying Tournaments MUST be received by October 31, 2018
- Team List for Oregon’s INTO ORBIT Season – Tournament Assignments will be posted on this list on November 2.
- Growing list of project resources for teams looking for more ideas!
Watch the Youtube streams of the OMSI expert night with guest speaker
NASA astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt
Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30 PM Thursday, October 18 at 5:30 PM Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 PM
Thank you Audio Globe for the High-Quality recording!
Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 PM
- Not sure what you need to download? See what everything is and what you should download by reading IO1: We have Liftoff!
- Challenge Information is also available on the FIRST Website
Oregon PILOTS! – This information will NOT appear on the FIRST website.
Software Pilot – Teams participating in Oregon may choose any software that meets all other FIRST game rules to program their autonomous LEGO robot. Please read all the details here (coming soon!) You MUST notify ORTOP before you change your programming language/software.
- Official Updates for Software Pilot Regions – these updates apply in addition to updates issued on the official FIRST website and overrule the Challenge Guide as applicable.
Core Values Rubric Pilot – Oregon events WILL NOT use the Core Value Rubric listed on the FIRST website or in the Team Event Guide. Oregon events will be using the FIRST Core Values Pilot Rubric.
Registration is NOW CLOSED for the 2019 INTO ORBIT Season! Registration for teams for the 2019-2020 season (to be announced) will open in May 2019! New to FIRST LEGO League? Here are is how to get started!
Keys Resources for success in the INTO ORBIT season
- Each Coach should read and understand all the materials in the INTO ORBIT Launch Blog, as well as read all FIRST LEGO League Oregon Update emails.
- Each team member should read all of the INTO ORBIT Challenge Guide and official updates! Watching the release videos is NOT a substitute for this step!
- Each team member should be aware of all of the goals on the FIRST LEGO League Judging Rubrics, remember we are using a different Core Values Rubric!
- Use the FIRST Core Values in every team meeting
- Recruit friends who may not identify as scientists, roboticists, or as someone who plays with LEGO to your team. The ideal team size is 6-8 team members if you have fewer team members than this your team can suffer from a lack of new and original ideas.
- Have everyone mark their calendars for the Oregon Events. All Qualifying Tournaments will take place December 8, 9, 15 or 16 – remember your team may not get their first choice tournament! All team members need to participate in ALL judging sessions and at the tournament for the team to have the best experience.
- Fundraising can be a year-round effort. Your team should plan to raise extra funds should they advance to the state championship and to get started again next year.
NEW!!! INTO ORBIT Challenge Kits are now included in National Registration! This brings the cost of National Registration to $299 plus shipping! Please make sure FIRST has your accurate shipping address when you register!
NOTE: – FIRST has stated that Season Pass teams are NOT eligible to attend OFFICIAL FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments 😥
Resources for every coach
- FIRST Paper Consent Forms: MUST be downloaded through your DASHBOARD. This can only be done if your team has two background screened adult coaches. Forms are available in English and Spanish. Log in to your DASHBOARD at www.firstinspires.org
- How to build a FIRST LEGO League practice table. REMEMBER Oregon FIRST LEGO League Competition tables use FULL SIZE 2×4 walls around the field. Our tables are NOT cut to international standard at this time. This is slightly different from the linked directions. Looking for a non-wood option? Many teams like this folding foam table design – if you use it please watch for bumps in the base foam this will impact the robot performance.
Each year FIRST LEGO League teams explore challenges engineers and scientists are working to overcome. Each set of challenges focuses on a theme. As a part of the challenge theme, teams will create an innovative solution to one of the challenges faced by society. They will also build, design, and program a LEGO® robot to compete on a 4’x8’ competition table and manipulate LEGO models representing the challenges engineers and scientists are working on within the theme. Each year’s theme is released the end of August. Learn more about this year’s challenge theme
Budget and Funding
Teams should be prepared to pay expenses such as registration, transportation, and robot parts. FIRST LEGO League teams are encouraged to raise funds for their team financial costs. Schools can apply for grants to offset some costs or purchase LEGO items. Find out more about the expected costs and fundraising opportunities.
All teams with financial need may apply for ORTOP Team Financial Support between June and September. Learn more about your team’s eligibilty and how to apply.
Registration is a two step process. All FIRST LEGO League teams must be nationally registered before registering to participate in Oregon Qualifying Tournaments. Find out more about the registration process.
Tournaments are a vital component of the FIRST LEGO League experience. They provide a place for teams to showcase their Gracious Professionalism and learn new solutions to the same challenges from their peers. They are also FUN!
All FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments in Oregon will take place on the first two weekends of December at many locations across the state. Participation in tournaments is restricted to teams who are nationally registered before tournament registration. Teams may apply to attend tournaments during the first week in October. Visit the Tournament page to see the calendar of tournaments and learn more about the tournament process.
ORTOP offers FIRST LEGO League Coach, Mentor, and Parent workshops every summer. These workshops are open to all interested adults and teens, over 14 years old, who would like to learn more about FIRST LEGO League and working with FIRST LEGO League teams. Learn more about our workshops, download workshop materials, or register to attend (May-September).
There are also many resources available on the web to help with building, programming, and coaching. We have assembled some of our favorites for you.
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