FIRST Lego League Volunteers Needed

Practice Round 2017_11_18ISA New Orleans Section – please see the call for volunteers to support the FIRST Lego League (FLL) state championship tournament to be held at Jesuit High School in New Orleans.

Information from the tournament coordinators:

The Louisiana FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics State Championship for middle school students will be held at Jesuit High School (in Mid-City) on Saturday, December 16th, 8am – 5pm, and we would love to have your help as a VOLUNTEER!

On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO®  League Challenge, students age 9 to 14 from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?

The tournaments involve an exciting head-to-head robotics competition and very creative research presentations.  Volunteers positions are described on the Volunteer page of our LA FLL website.  Half-day and full-day slots are available, and T-shirts and lunch are provided for volunteers that work a minimum of four hours. If you are interested in judging or refereeing, it is a full day commitment with prior training.  All other positions are OJT (on the job training). We have grown from an initial 15 team tournament in 2003 to 134 Louisiana teams participating this year in 13 qualifiers around the state, with 60 teams coming to the Championship.  This is a great way to meet and have a positive impact on our future engineers and scientists as they explore HYDRO DYNAMICS – the 2017 FLL Challenge!

FIRST has a new (actually simpler) volunteer registration system. You create an account at https://www.firstinspires.org/ (just takes creating a login and password). Then select the VOLUNTEERING button and go through the steps of Youth Protection Program screening (your records will have been transferred over if you have volunteered before, so you may not need to re-do this) and then select the tournament and position you wish to volunteer for. Every volunteer must agree to a national screening once every three years (no cost to the volunteer).  And we get questions regarding whether you have to provide your SSN, and the answer is NO. You have the option of checking a box indicating that you do not wish to provide it.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please share with your contacts! We look forward to seeing you!

Michelle Hewlett Sanchez, Ph.D.
Professor of Practice / Director for K-12 STEM Outreach
School of Science and Engineering
Lindy Boggs Suite 201
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 865-5088
http://k12stem.tulane.edu