In-Person and Remote Event Information


FLL Challenge In-person and Remote Events This Season

Registration for teams is now open with FIRST® at www.firstinspires.org. Iowa FLL Challenge Event Registration is also open on our FLL Challenge Qualifier Registration Page. This season, we are offering remote and in-person FLL Challenge Qualifier Events to best fit your teams specific needs and schedule. We know that much of your fall planning on having a team this season is contingent on things like school policies, personal safety, and the ability to meet as a team. We, too, are thinking of the many variables and appreciate your ongoing interest in these programs.

In-Person Qualifier Events

Saturdays or Sundays (AM or PM events)

Maximum of 12 teams

Teams can expect: Your team will want to arrive and be ready 15 minutes prior to your first judging session. Each team will meet with the judges for 30 minutes followed by a 30-minute time block for the team’s 3 robot rounds. There will be no team pits, practice tables, or an in-person opening or closing ceremony. Coaches will receive medals upon arrival to the event venue that can be shared with the team, and there will be a remote award ceremony released by the following Monday after all teams have competed at Iowa FLL qualifier events for that week.

Specific to COVID mitigations: Masks will be highly encouraged in the event venue and spectators will be limited at all in-person events. Only the youth team members and 2 coaches will be permitted in the judging room. Teams will only be at the event for 1.5 hours. We ask teams to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled judging session and leave promptly after they finish competing.

More Details About In-Person Events

Virtual Qualifier Events

Tuesdays (PM events only)

6-12 teams per event

The session will run as follows: Teams will log onto Zoom and spend 30 minutes with the judges. Judges will have the chance to ask the team questions related to their robot design, innovation project, as well as the students’ experience on the team (core values). Robot rounds videos will be submitted to Iowa FLL via Box. Robot Game Referees will be scoring teams based on the video submissions. After the event is competed, there will be a remote award ceremony released by the following Monday. There will not be a limit on the allotted spectators during the virtual event via Zoom.

Scheduling: Virtual events will be taking place on Tuesday evenings with teams being scheduled for a 30-minute judging session on the specific evening.

In-Person Event Overview