FIRST

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST LEGO League teams, composed of students grades 4-8, spend weeks building and programming robots made from Lego kits, and compete by performing "missions" on pool table-sized playing fields. FIRST Tech Challenge contestants, from grades 7-12, compete with more complex robots in a larger arena.

The Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering at Montana State University has coordinated and hosted the FIRST tournaments since 2007. The Montana Space Grant Consortium hosted the Montana State Tournament in 2006. 

Tournament Information

The 2022 FLL tournaments will be:

  • Feb 5, 2022 (Virtual Qualifier)

  • Feb 26, 2022  (in-person Championship at MSU)

A brief overview of the virtual qualifying tournament logistics are listed below. Detailed instructions and schedule will be sent closer to February. Judging  will be done via ZOOM and official robot matches will be collected on GOOGLE DRIVE.

  • Judging: All projects presented in real time with 30 min to talk to judges.
  • Official Robot Matches: Teams can select from 2 day window to record their THREE 2.5 minute matches.  This will begin at 10am Thursday, February 3, 2022 and end Saturday, February 5, 2022. Teams can use no more than 6 hours to record the matches during these two days. For example, TEAM A may choose to record Thursday evening and Team B can record Saturday morning. There will be no practice round reviewed by referees this year.

FIRST Registraion

If you have not yet registered your team through FIRST, please be sure to do so.

Hopefully the tournament prep is going smoothly for participants, coaches, and parents. We are approaching the one-month marker for the Montana State Virtual Qualifying Tournament for FIRST Lego League on February 5th, 2022. The top 30 teams will advance to the Championship Tournament on February 26th, 2022 hosted at the MSU campus. Please fill out this electronic form by January 15th,2022 for each of the teams you would like to register for the virtual tournament. You will then receive an email with a paper form to send with the $20 registration fee.

 

Virtual Qualifying Tournament structure

More details and a schedule will be sent in the weeks leading up to the event.

  • Tournament logistics (Judging via ZOOM, Matches collected on GOOGLE DRIVE)
    • Judging: All projects presented in real time with 30 min to talk to judges.
    • Official Robot Matches: Teams can select from 2 day window to record and submit their THREE 2.5 minute matches. They will have a 6-hour period during which to record. For example, TEAM A may choose to record Thursday evening using no more than 6-hours and Team B can record Saturday morning. (There will be no practice round reviewed by referees this year)

Thurday 2/3/22 10 a.m. – Saturday 2/5/22 1 p.m.

This is when official match videos take place. Teams choose a 6-hour block to record their official match videos.                                     

Saturday 2/5/22                       

Official Matches Scored: Refs score the teams THREE 2.5-minute Official Matches

8-8:30 a.m. - Judges meeting
8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. - Virtual judging: teams meet virtual judges for 30 minutes with a 3-minute transition between teams.
1 p.m. - Official match videos must be in so refs can score.
2-2:30 p.m. - Opening ceremony AND closing ceremony

2022 Challenge

If you have not had a chance to watch this year's challenge video, it is focused on transportation-Cargo Connect!

Montana FLL Facebook

Did you Know?! Montana FLL has a Facebook page. Follow along for updates or to connect with other teams.

 

A Great Big Thanks Goes Out to Our 2020 FLL and FTC

Tournament Sponsors

MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering

MSU Office of the President

MSU Office of the Provost

Town and Country

EPC Services Company

Gianforte Family Foundation

Carroll College

Montana Tech

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