Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) hosting Quad Cities FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Qualifier Tournaments December 14th and 15th at the Putnam Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Christine Cournoyer   
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:17

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The non-profit Quad City Engineering and Science Council (QCESC) is proud to be the organizer for the 5th annual Quad Cities Tournament held at the Putnam Museum.  Since 2009 when the first QC Tournament was held with 13 teams, the program has continued to grow.  In 2013, as outlined below, there will be FLL/ Junior FLL Events held on 3 dates with a total of 109 teams, 700+ students supported by 130+ volunteers.

This is a fast-paced, high energy event that will be enjoyed by all ages and expose everyone to the exciting world of robots, engineering, computer program, creative problem solving and most importantly, TEAMWORK! 

The events are free and open to the public.  Further information is available at www.qcesc.org including pictures from past events.

The Schedule of Events for both days: (December 14th and 15th):

7:00 AM

Doors open for volunteers only

7:45 AM

Door Open/unlock for Teams

7:45 - 8:20 AM

Teams Arrive & check-in (one coach) and teams setup in Pit 
(Children's Village located beside Putnam)

8:00 AM

Mandatory Judges Meeting with Judge Advisor (1st Floor behind theater)

8:30 AM

Mandatory Coaches Meeting (2nd Floor Theatre Balcony)

9:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies (Grand Lobby)

9:30 AM

Teams participate in judging sessions & robot performance rounds

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Jr FIRST LEGO League Expo - Section 1  (2 Teams Sat & 1 Sun.)
(Connection Gallery - 2nd Floor Outside Palmer)

12:15 -  1:00 PM

Lunch Break (2nd Floor Theatre Balcony)

1:00  - 2:40 PM

Teams participate in judging sessions & robot performance rounds

1:00  - 2:30 PM

Jr FIRST LEGO League Expo - Section 2  (8 Teams Sat. & 7 Sun.)
(Connection Gallery - 2nd Floor Outside Palmer)

2:20 - 3:00 PM

Teams clean up their pit areas while judges deliberate

3:00 - 3:45 PM

Outreach activities  (Grand Lobby)

3:45 PM

Closing ceremonies & awards (Grand Lobby)

2:20 - 3:00 PM

Teams clean up their pit areas while judges deliberate

3:00 - 3:45 PM

Outreach activities  (Grand Lobby)

3:45 PM

Closing ceremonies & awards (Grand Lobby)

 

Background:

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $16 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

The LEGO Group is a privately-held firm based in Billund, Denmark. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through high-quality, creatively educational play materials, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." For more information, visit  FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FRC®, FIRST® Tech Challenge, FTC®, and Gracious Professionalism® are registered trademarks of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). LEGO®  and MINDSTORMS® are registered trademarks of the LEGO Group. FIRST® LEGO® League, FLL®, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League, Jr.FLL®, NATURE’S FURY®, and DISASTER BLASTER® are jointly held trademarks of FIRST and the LEGO Group. ©2013 FIRST ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®

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