Introducing BOOMTOWN BUILD in Oregon
Starting August 1 teams will be able to begin the BOOMTOWN BUILD Challenge. Teams may register at any time from August through March at www.firstinspires.org!
Hot Topics for BOOMTOWN BUILD in Oregon
Team Financial Support Available
Please carefully read the requirements for support before applying. We are pleased that sponsors are eager to support this introductory robotics program. If you or your company would like to help support FIRST LEGO League Jr teams around the state of Oregon please have them contact Sarah-Tenney@ortop.org
Introducing FIRST LEGO League Jr: Discovery Edition
FIRST LEGO League Jr: Discovery provides a more accessible opportunity for Pre-K through 1st-grade engineers. Each team will meet 9 times and work on a series of activities that are described in the Team Meeting Guide. For the final activity the 7 teams in the cohort will meet at a public location to have a joint activity. This program uses LEGO Duplo and the LEGO Steampark set to introduce team engineering skills and critical thinking about real world problems in the challenge theme. Looking to share a class pack with people in your local area? Sign up here with the number of teams you will have and ORTOP will try to match you with other hopeful teams. Your teams will need to meet together for the final activity!
FIRST LEGO League Jr: Discovery and FIRST LEGO League Jr Oregon Information Sessions!
Learn about FIRST LEGO League Jr in Oregon and the basics of the LEGO WeDo 2.0 systems.
Introduction to FIRST LEGO League Jr Oregon (PowerPoint file)
Introduction to WeDo 2.0 (Oregon) (PowerPoint file)
Oregon Expo Registration information can be found here. Applications will start to be accepted in September for events in November and in late January for events scheduled in March and May.
To register for an Oregon expo your team must be nationally registered at www.firstinspires.org
Expos in Oregon for BOOMTOWN BUILD!! (More to come!)
|Arches Expo||November 9, 11-2pm||Washington Square Mall, SW Portland|
|TBA||Spring 2020||Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum|
|TBA||Spring 2020||Boys & Girls Club – Rockwood, Portland|
|TBA – contact Loridee if you are interested in hosting!||Your Location?|
*All names are intended for fun and do not necessarily reflect the theme of the team projects
All Oregon Expos are free for the public to attend. The OMSI Auditorium is in the free part of the museum.
What to expect at an Oregon Expo
An Oregon Expo is 3-4 hours of FIRST LEGO League Jr fun and excitement. The day starts when the coach checks the team into the event. This will happen 30 minutes before the opening ceremonies. Teams will have the time from when the coach checks them in, until opening ceremonies to set up the team table.
Each team has at least part of a table to set up their Show-Me Poster and model. If the team has requested power for their laptop to run their WeDo system we will do our best to provide the team with a power outlet when possible. The team will leave their model and poster set up for the duration of the event.
There will be a brief opening ceremony welcoming the teams and introducing the reviewers. Immediately after the opening ceremony teams will return to their tables and share their models with other teams and the reviewers. This time lasts 45 minutes. Once the team has spoken with their reviewer they may go meet the other teams or check out the other activities. Most expos will feature a FIRST LEGO League team sharing their experience.
After all the teams have been interviewed the reviewers need a little time to read their notes and create the awards. During this time teams may continue to see each other’s models, learn from each other or the FIRST LEGO League team, or explore the venue. We like to work with local museums to provide a fun experience during this expo downtime.
In the 15 minutes before the closing ceremony, teams will put their models away and clean their spaces. Then they will return to the ceremony space and we will begin the closing ceremonies. During the ceremonies, each team will be recognized. All team members who were on the roster, (up to 6 per team) will receive a medal and the team will receive a certificate that highlights their biggest accomplishment in the eyes of their reviewer. This ceremony is intended for fun and as a chance for teams celebrate and to learn about themselves.
What is a FIRST LEGO League Jr® team and what do they do?
FIRST LEGO League Jr is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and creativity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. FIRST LEGO League Jr. utilizes theme-based challenges to engage kids in research, problem solving, and introductory engineering concepts. The cornerstones of the program are its Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community involvement.
Each annual Challenge has two parts, the Poster and the Model. Working at their own pace in teams of up to 6 and guided by at least two adult coaches, kids:
- Investigate the theme, according to the specific Challenge instructions
- Document how they researched and what they learned on a creative poster
- Build a model out of LEGO® elements, incorporating a motorized component
The culmination of all that hard work for many teams is the participation in an expo. Expos for FIRST LEGO League Jr are hosted, organized, and managed by the community. This means anyone is able to run an event for FIRST LEGO League Jr teams, including you! The event can be similar to a science-fair type atmosphere, with the kids discussing their project with volunteers and other teams. The event experience is all about recognizing the FIRST LEGO League Jr teams and celebrating their achievements. We encourage all teams to share what they have done with others, with just family or at an event.
FIRST LEGO League Jr. team member are kids in kindergarten through 4th-grade (6-10-years-old) who want to build things or explore their horizons in science. Kids have an opportunity to have a “sports of the mind” experience.
FIRST LEGO League Jr Team members should be in Kindergarten to 4th Grade.
Teams can register on the national FIRST website starting in May. A National FIRST LEGO League Jr registration fee is $99 for a team of up to 6 children. To participate in an Expo in Oregon teams must also register with ORTOP. The requested application fee is $80 per team to attend a FIRST LEGO League Jr Expo. Teams can request a discount of up to $40 based on need. Requests for a discount can be made during online registration with ORTOP. All complete requests for discounts will be approved.
More Information and FIRST LEGO League Jr and Program Newsletter/Blog
If you have questions about starting or managing a FIRST LEGO League Jr team or volunteering with FIRST LEGO League Jr please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org