A standard festival day is broken up into a series of parts. They are briefly described here, and some are fully described other sections of the manual. These sections correspond to time blocks listed on the Tournament's Agenda.

Generic Agenda


The day always starts with check-in, a period where teams finalize their enrollment at the festival. This period usually lasts an hour and occurs before the event officially starts. You will turn in any required forms as specified in Team Check-in of this manual.  Following Check-in, teams will head to their pit to unload and head to Opening Ceremonies (if applicable).

Opening Ceremonies

There may or may not be a formal Opening Ceremony based on whether it is a morning festival or afternoon festival.  

Final Coach Meeting

The Final Coach Meeting happens just before the expo exhibit official opening and is run by the CVR's Director of FIRST LEGO League Explore or a designated official.  The meeting host will cover expectations at the event and any last-minute announcements for teams. 

The Exhibition

Following the Final Coach Meeting, the festival officially begins. Expo exhibit will be open for public viewing and Teams will show and share their poster with the visitors. At the same time, teams will follow the official review schedule and head to their scheduled review sessions. 

Reviewing Sessions

Each team will attend their designated review session at the scheduled time and meet with the reviewers to demonstrate their project and what they have learned. Reviewers will ask some questions to the team about their topic, teamwork and research. 


While a team is not in review, and between the interactions with the visitors, team members can take turns and participate in the activities that are arranged by the expo organizer. 

Closing Ceremonies

This is the awards ceremony for the tournament. Any final remarks from sponsors or other speakers are made and awards are handed out to teams to be recognized for their hard work.  Any teams advancing to the next level of competition are also announced here.  

Official Agendas

Central Valley Robotics wilt provide an official agenda prior to the expo event.   An example agenda from past year's expo event is provided below:

1:00 PM - 1:30 PMTeam Check-in & Pits Open for Setup
1:30 PM - 1:45 PMCoaches Meeting
1:45 PMExpo Officially Starts & Pits Open to Public
2:00 PM - 4:00PMReviewing Sessions, Activity Sessions
4:00 PMExpo and Pits Close to Public
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Pack-up Exhibit Items and Pits

4:15 PM - 5:00 PMOther attractions at the Championship and Closing Ceremonies pre-show
4:40 PM - 5:00 PMFIRSTRobotics Competition Robot Demonstration
High School Teams will demonstrate their robots and show you the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Game. Attendance is optional; however, we encourage everyone to attend!
5:00 PM - 6:00 PMClosing Ceremonies
We ask that teams/kids sit on gym floor. Parents and Spectators please sit in the stands.
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