Iowa FLL Championships FAQs

When are the Iowa FLL Championships?

The Iowa FLL Championships are usually held during a weekend in January. For the 2020-2021 season, the Championships will be held sometime in early 2021.

How can my team attend the Championship?

Iowa FLL uses a Regional Qualifier system. All teams have an opportunity to attend a Regional Qualifying event where they may earn the opportunity to advance to the State Championships. Teams have the same chance of advancing to the State Championships regardless of which Regional Qualifier they attend.  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 Championships?

The Iowa FLL State Championships are usually held on the Iowa State University College of Engineering campus. We’ll announce the exact buildings and room numbers once that information is available. For the 2020-2021 season all events will take place remotely.

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 Hall 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?

Please review the Inclement Weather Policy. If it looks like bad weather on tournament day, you may want to consider getting to Ames the night before.  For a list of Ames-area hotels, click here.

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 Championships. Please contact if you are hosting a local event.

Will my team have fun at the Championships?

Of course!

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 and FLL Jr. events, it is up to the parents/coaches to make sure that the youth team members stay safe and avoid the foods to which they are allergic.  Parents and 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.