Iowa FLL Championship FAQs
When are the Iowa FLL Championships?
The Iowa FLL Championships for the 2016 season were held on January 14th and 15th, 2017. The dates for the 2017 Iowa FLL Championships have yet to be determined. However, the event schedule will be similar to the 2016 Championship event schedule, which can be found here.
How can my team attend the Championship?
Iowa FLL uses a Regional Qualifier system. All teams have an opportunity to attend a Regional event. Teams have the same chance of advancing to the State Championship at each Regional event. See our full advancement policy here.
What is the Global Innovation Award, and how can I apply?
In order to apply for the Global Innovation Award (GIA), you must receive a nomination. One team will be chosen from each Championship event to be Iowa’s Nominee. For a full statement of the process, follow this link: Iowa GIA Nomination Process
Is it open to the public, is there a cost?
There is no cost and everything is open to the public! Note that the “Core Values” judging rooms are only for participating FLL teams; no coaches, parents, or the public is allowed. More spectator information can be found here.
Where is the Iowa FLL Championship?
ISU is hosting the Iowa FLL Championships in Howe Hall, Hoover Hall, Black Engineering Building, Pearson Hall, and the Biorenewable Complex in Ames, IA. The FLL Jr. showcase will be held in the Sukup Atrium in the Biorenewables Complex.
Where is Sukup Hall, Elings Hall, and the Biorenewables Research Laboratory?
These are all located in the same building called the Biorenewables Complex. It is located between Howe Hall and Design on the west side of Bissel Road. If you need help finding a room, check out the signs on the walls or locate the info desk on the first floor off of the Sukup atrium.
What if there is bad weather on the day of the tournament?
What is Berry, Carver, and Marston – where is that?
These are the competition tables for the robot matches which are located in the lower level of Howe Hall. We named our tables after Iowa State University history – the Atanasoff Berry Computer, George Washington Carver, and Anston Marston – the first Dean of Engineering.
What is a local tournament?
A local tournament can be hosted by any team or organization. Teams can get together and have a mock tourney at their school and invite other area teams — it’s a great way to prepare for the state championship. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are hosting a local event.
Will my team have fun at the Championships?
Are teams doing the same activities as they did at regional qualifiers?
Yes – teams will do the same three judging sessions, as well as 3 matches with their robot.
What if my team’s robot can only do one or two missions…should we still come?
Absolutely! There is far more to FLL than your robot’s ability to perform missions. The overall goal of FLL is for kids to learn about science, technology, and engineering, as well as developing teamwork and public speaking abilities. Not only does the FLL championship give teams the chance to work with other teams and experience, it lets the teams experience all of the outreach activities offered throughout the day.
What do I do if a member of my team has an allergy?
At all Iowa FLL/Jr. FLL events, it is up to the parents/coaches to make sure that the youth team members stay safe and avoid the foods which they are allergic. Parents/coaches need to have the appropriate medications with them in case of a severe allergic reaction Events are held in public spaces and often there are various snacks and food on the premises. Please let your organizer know prior to the event date about special needs or accommodations, and we will work to find a reasonable solution.