FIRST LEGO League Rhode Island Qualifying Tournaments
Rhode Island Students of the Future will hold 5 FLL Qualifying tournaments, all sponsored by National Grid, during the 2016-17 Animal Allies Season. To compete in a Rhode Island FLL qualifying tournament, your team must be registered with FIRST and based in RI, or be registered with FIRST, based in a nearby MA or RI community and include Rhode Island students on your season roster.
Registration for the qualifying tournaments will open in early October. At that time, we'll post the registration link. The qualifying tournament dates and locations for the Animal Allies season are:
November 19: Gordon School, East Providence
December 3: Dr. Edward A. Ricci Middle School, North Providence
December 10: All Saints STEAM Academy, Middletown
December 10: AIR 4-H, Location TBD
December 17: Narragansett Pier Middle School, Narragansett
Rhode Island Qualifying tournaments feed into these events:
January 14, 2017: The FIRST LEGO League Animal Allies Championship Tournament, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, National Grid and Textron Charitable Trust, is January 14, 2017 at Roger Williams University's Recreation Center, managed by Rhode Island Students of the Future in partnership with Roger Williams University
January 21, 2017: The Robot Invitational, managed by Rhode Island Students of the Future in partnership with Martin Middle School
Other events this season:
November 5 and 6, 2016: FIRST LEGO League Jr. Demo at Mini Maker Faire, Barnes and Noble, Warwick
February 4, FIRST LEGO League Jr. Open House, Gordon School, East Providence
April 30, 2017: Robot Block Party
June 3, 2017, FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo, Gordon School, East Providence
We thank our Animal Allies qualifying tournament partners: Vanessa Miller (Pier Middle School), Kevin Reilly and JR Casey (AIR 4H), Anita Brouse (All Saints Academy), Nick Terry (Gordon School), Tracy Graham and Matt Moniz (Ricci Middle School), President Farish, Kay Neves, Amanda Marsilli and Dr. Matthew Stein, our hosts at Roger Williams University and our FLL Invitational partner, Tom Hargreaves (Martin Middle School).
In order to advance to the state championship, teams must compete in all three judged areas of FLL: Robot Game, Project and Core Values. Qualifying tournament judges will use the Champion’s Awards criteria to rank all of the teams, and the top teams on that list at each qualifier will advance. It is possible to advance to the State Championship without winning a Qualifying tournament award, and it's possible to win a qualifying tournament award and not advance to the State Championship. A team that focuses all their energy on the robot and has a lackluster project may not score well in the overall Champion’s criteria, and for that reason might win a Robot Performance or Robot Design award but not advance to the State Championship. Click here for more information on FLL Awards.