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  • Throughout the season, teams need access to the following materials:
    • Items that are provided when a team registers with FIRST.
      • Inspire Set - This LEGO set is created just for FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams and will be used by them to complete their challenge for the season. The Inspire Set includes 700+ LEGO elements, including those needed to create the exclusive Inspire Model. 
      • Challenge Document -  This one page document quickly outlines the yearly challenge.  This can be accessed online by everyone regardless of which option you choose.
      • Engineering Notebooks - These notebooks are printed and shipped to teams. They complement the Team Meeting guide and are used to guide team members through the season.
      • Team Meeting Guide - This is a guide for coaches that gives complete instructions on how to administer the FIRST LEGO League Jr. program. It outlines 12 sessions providing 12-16 hours of guided activities for
        teams.
    • Items that are arranged or purchased by the teams separately
      • WeDo 2.0 - A LEGO® ® Education WeDo 2.0 kit is needed by the teams to build and program the motorized model(s).
      • Additional LEGO elements - Teams may need to purchase additional LEGO kits or accessories as necessary for the model.

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FIRST® gives authority to volunteers staffing FIRST LEGO League Jr. official expo Official Expo events to interpret and implement the Participation Rules, guided by global FIRST LEGO League Jr. training materials:

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Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST Distinguished Advisor and Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, coined the term "Gracious Professionalism ®."

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Coopertition®

Coopertition®  produces produces innovation. At FIRSTCoopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from Mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.

FIRST Core Values

Starting in 2018, FIRST has a unified set of core values across all four programs.  They are listed below:

We express the FIRST® philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® through our Core Values:

  • Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.
  • Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.
  • Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.
  • Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.
  • Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.
  • Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

Getting Started Season Checklist 

Pre-Season Preparation

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    Register your team with FIRST LEGO League Jr. (details in this section: Starting the Season - Registering with FIRST ).

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    Pay your registration fee and order the materials you need.

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    Provide a valid email address when you register, and check that inbox often throughout the season for information from FIRST LEGO League Jr. and Central Valley Robotics.

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    Review the FIRST Core Values (above).

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    Decide how team members (coaches and children) will be identified or selected

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    Identify at least 1 computer your team may use (must have internet access).

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    Install WeDo 2.0  programming software on the computer(s) your team will use.

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    Begin reading the rest of the Season Standards Manual to learn about our local event structure and processes.

Begin Meeting with Your Team

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    Check  your email!

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    Review the challenge materials that you receive from FIRST after registration.

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    Create a meeting schedule

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    Review the FIRST Core Values with parents and team members (and keep discussing them at each meeting!).

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    Set up a work area for meetings and storage area for program materials between meetings.

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    Have team members begin researching this year’s Challenge theme to get a  head start on the Project.

After Challenge Release (August 1)

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    Check your email regularly for communication from FIRST LEGO League LEGO League Jr. and Central Valley Robotics.

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    Review  the Challenge from 2018 Challenge Materials and Resources and  and review it as a team.

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    Download the Inspire Model building instructions at 2018 Challenge Materials and Resources and  and build the Inspire Model from your Inspire Set.

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    Arrange for research activities and field trips as necessary.

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    Have team members begin brainstorming ideas for innovative solutions.

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    Have team members begin working on ShowMe poster  to demonstrate their solution for the challenge .

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    Have team members begin designingbuilding models  to demonstrate their solution for the challenge .

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    Submit paperwork to Central Valley Robotics (details in this section: Managing Your Team Roster and Uploading Forms)

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    Register for an official expo event. (Details here: Expo Registration Policies)

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    Prepare the team for the expo day.

  •  Attend one or more expo event(s)
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    Make a plan to celebrate at the end of your season.