In British Columbia, the 2019/20 FIRST LEGO League season will have most teams participate in qualifying tournaments in January 2020 prior to a BC Championship tournament in February 2020.
Find out about 2019/20 City Shaper Challenge at the official site.
There are 70 FLL teams registered in BC as of October 16 ( 42 in the Lower Mainland area, 17 on Vancouver Island, and 11 in other areas of BC, with a cluster of 7 teams “up north”).
Team registration will close at the end of October for British Columbia.
Team members must be no older than 14 years on January 1, 2019 (unless there are very special circumstances for individual kids). Team members may be 8 when joining a team, but not younger than 8.
This season, BC will run two qualifier tournaments, one in Greater Vancouver and one in Victoria. All teams on the Island and in the Lower Mainland need to attend one of the qualifier tournaments, The top-ranked 30-35% of those teams will advance to the championship.
We will make special arrangements for those teams that are from much farther away since they don’t have a qualifying tournament anywhere near them. Next season, there will be more qualifiers so that all teams in BC can reasonably attend one, but please be patient… we can’t do it for this season.
We will also invite two teams from the Yukon to the championship.
Any team at the championship will have the chance to advance to the World Festival.
The judges will determine an overall ranking for all teams at each tournament. Core Values, Innovation Project, Robot Design and Robot Performance are equally weighted to determine this ranking. The top teams are invited to the next level of competition. (For example, if there are 12 teams at a tournament and the top 30% advance, 4 teams would advance. If there were 36 teams at a tournament and the top 30% advance, 12 teams would advance.)
Each qualifying tournament will accommodate up to 32 teams (possibly up to 36 for the Vancouver qualifier). However since there are over 40 teams in the Lower Mainland, some teams will have to travel to Victoria for their qualifying tournament. (Sorry! But it is a nice trip and will give the travelling teams a chance to be together and practice their interviews… We will also arrange the tournament schedule so that teams don’t have to stay overnight.)
Registration for the qualifying tournaments are on a “first come, first serve” basis. If is it important to your team to attend a specific qualifier, or if you have several teams that should be at the same tournament, please register promptly after registration opens.
Tournament registration fees:
A one-time $150 fee will cover all BC tournaments, i.e. if a team advances to the BC championship there will be no extra tournament registration fee.
Global Innovation Award:
BC will nominate one team for the Global Innovation Award. This team will be invited to submit more details about their Innovative Solution online and may be chosen as one of twenty teams for a special event in June 2020.
We will nominate the top-ranked team in the Innovative Solution Project Award category at the Championship (UNLESS our championship ends up happening after March 9: In that case the top 2 or 3 from each qualifier are invited to send in info by mid-February which our judges will evaluate to find a best Innovative Solution.)
October 30, 2019 – Last day of registration for FLL teams in BC
November 24, 2019 – scrimmage in Victoria (robot game and brief project discussion)
December 1, 2019 – registration starts for qualifying tournaments
December 31, 2019 – registration ends for qualifying tournaments
January 11, 2020 – Qualifying Tournament – Victoria
January TBA, 2020 – Qualifying tournament – Vancouver
February TBA, 2020 – BC FIRST LEGO League Championships in Vancouver
April 15-18, 2020 – FIRST Championship – Houston, TX.
June 7-9, 2020 – Innovation Award – Disney’s Contemporary Resort and World Showcase Pavilion, Epcot