Join us as 72 teams (32 Division 1 – 40 Division 2) showcase their innovative ideas, strong Core Values, and remarkable STEM skills through the 2021-2022 Cargo Connect season challenge.

Event Timeline
Coaches Meeting **Monday, November 29th @ 7PM
Submit Team Materials **Tuesday, November 30th by 11:59PM
Virtual Judging **Wed, Dec 1st – Thurs, Dec 2nd
In-Person Robot GameSat, Dec 4th (D1) – Sun, Dec 5th (D2)
Closing Ceremony **Tues, Dec 7th – 6PM (D1) & 7PM (D2)
** Links Sent to Coaches

Event Schedule

This event will be run in a hybrid format; virtual judging and in-person robot game!

Monday, November 29th
– Coaches Meeting @ 7:00 PM (Slides and recording will be sent to all coaches afterwards)
– Zoom Link sent to coaches from vadcfirstlegoleague@gmail.com *Coming on Fri, 11/26*

Tuesday, November 30th
– Submit Team Material Links by 11:59 PM
– Read more about what teams should submit and how they should submit it
– Link sent from flltournament.com *Coming on Fri, 11/26*

Wednesday, December 1st and Thursday, December 2nd
– Judging day and time vary by team. Find the schedule here. Division 1 Division 2
– Zoom Link sent to coaches from vadcfirstlegoleague@gmail.com *Coming on Fri/11/26*
– More on virtual judging below

Saturday, December 4th: Division 1 Robot Game in Harrisonburg, VA
– Registration is from 9am to 10am; Coaches Meeting at 10am, Robot Game begins at 10:30am
– Find the Robot Game Schedule (by team) Teams will receive two printed copies at registration
– More on in-person robot game below

Sunday, December 5th: Division 2 Robot Game in Harrisonburg, VA
– Registration is from 8:30am to 9:30am; Coaches Meeting at 9:30am, Robot Game begins at 10:00am
– Find the Robot Game Schedule (by team) Teams will receive two printed copies at registration
– More on in-person robot game below

Tuesday, December 7th: VIRTUAL Closing Ceremony
– Division 1 Closing Ceremony @ 6PM
– Division 2 Closing Ceremony @ 7PM

Submitting Event Materials

Teams will need to submit materials before the virtual judging sessions start, which will be viewed by the judges before meeting with the team for the judging session. Teams can share their work during the judging session as well. Team Material Links are due by Tuesday, November 30th at 11:59 PM

Teams will be able to submit….
– Team Information Sheet: Microsoft DOC (download) – Google Doc (make a copy)
– Team Picture
– 5 minute Innovation Project presentation video
*Updated from Regional Qualifiers* Robot Design: Robot Game Code (1-2 pgs – highly suggest annotating the code) and/or Robot Design slidedeck (something that could be presented in 5 minutes)
– Core Values “Poster” (pdf, jpg, png) *Optional*

How to submit…
– Put all materials into either a Google Drive Folder, Dropbox Folder, or some other type of shareable platform *Change from Regional Qualifiers*.
– Submit a link to all materials in one folder (if project video is on Youtube, we will have a spot to submit that link separately)
– Please be sure links are viewable to be anyone who has the link – How Share Google Drive FoldersSharing Dropbox Folder
– Email from flltournament.com will allow you to submit the link to the tem materials. Please reach out to questions@va-dcfll.org if you cannot find this email.

Virtual Judging Session

Division 1 Judging ScheduleDivision 2 Judging Schedule

The team judging session format will remain the same at the Championship event. Teams and judges will meet for a 25 minute consolidated judging session. Judges will be reviewing the submitted team materials before the session starts. The judging session will follow this JUDGING FLOW CHART.

DURING THE JUDGING SESSION…
– Up to two coaches and one “historian” can be on the call with the team. Teams will not be able to record from Zoom but can use some other screen recording software like Quicktime or simply record from a phone.
– Teams can be gathered together or call in from different locations. *See judge notes below, especially if your team is wearing masks during the session*
– Teams will be able to share their screen. Coaches can help with this during the call.
– Coaches should not interrupt or distract team members. Kids do the work and we want to hear from them! Coaches can step in to help with audio/ visual issues or technical assistance.

Notes from Regional Judge Advisor

  • Team can enter up to 15 minutes before their session. Do an audio/visual check with team before the Judging Session
    • If team is meeting together, make sure someone on the call can hear all the members. Think about having team members step up to the device/ microphone when speaking (especially with masks on). Another cool idea we saw at regionals, use a microphone that can be connected to the computer so team members can pass the mic when talking.
    • If team is meeting virtually, make sure everyone can be heard and seen but the other members.
    • If team plans to share their screen, they should practice doing that before the judging session.
    • Have team member “Rename” themselves. Judges do not need to see last names.. please do not include them.
  • Team Greeting: When judges enter the virtual room, be prepared to introduce yourselves. It should be quick but can be a great way to show team spirit, fun, and inclusion!

In-Person Robot Game

Robot Game Matches

The event will be held at Harrisonburg High School (1001 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801). Teams will get to play in one practice and three official 2.5 minute matches. Their best score will count!

Saturday, December 4th: Division 1 Robot Game in Harrisonburg, VA
– Registration is from 9am to 10am; Coaches Meeting at 10am, Robot Game begins at 10:30am
– Find the Robot Game Schedule here

Sunday, December 5th: Division 2 Robot Game in Harrisonburg, VA
– Registration is from 8:30am to 9:30am; Coaches Meeting at 9:30am, Robot Game begins at 10:00am
– Find the Robot Game Schedule here

Each team will receive a table to use as their “pit area.” Teams will also have access to Practice Tables that will open at the time that registration starts.

COVID Policies and Procedures

– All participants (team members, volunteers, coaches, mentors, etc) will be required to wear masks at all time. Masks can only be removed to eat or drink, which can be done in designated areas (cafeteria, outside, and in the pit area – should be done sparingly). Please protect our community!
– Pit tables, practice area tables, and field tables will be more spread out than usual to allow for social distancing when possible.
– Spectators will not be allowed. Teams can bring their registered team members and up to THREE adults (that includes any coach/mentors). Robot Game Streaming will be available HERE.
– Adults that are dropping off their child can bring them to the registration table and team members can enter if their team has already checked in. If the team is not here, we ask that the parent/guardian wait with their child. Adults and other family members that cannot enter can are encouraged to check out Downtown Harrisonburg (shops, dining, art) or take a walk around the beautiful JMU Arboretum

Sick Team Members/ Recent COVID Exposures

  • Please keep sick team members and coaches at home (we know it’s tough and we will miss them). If they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the 14 days before their event, they should consider staying home but can attend if these three conditions are met
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and
  • Other symptoms are improving. (Note: the loss of taste or smell might last for weeks or months after recovery.)

*Close contact means:

  • Being within 6 feet of a person who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or
  • Having direct exposure to respiratory secretions (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass or utensils, kissing), or
  • Caring for a person who has COVID-19, or
  • Living with a person who has COVID-19.
  • If a participant has had a COVID close contact* in the 14 days before the day of their event, IF FULLY VACCINATED, they are still able to attend the event (as long as they are not showing symptoms).
  • If a participant has had a COVID close contact* in the 14 days before the day of their event and they are NOT FULLY VACCINATED, they should not attend UNLESS completely asymptomatic for at least ten days after exposure OR can get a negative PCR or antigen testing after the 5th day of exposure.
  • We ask that we all keep each other safe and use Gracious Professionalism in adhering to these guidelines.
  • If a member of your team does report a positive COVID test up to ten days after the event, please contact ilnitzks@jmu.edu. We do not need the name of the individual, but we do need to let our local health department know.
  • These guidelines were taken from the Virginia Department of Health https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/local-exposure/

Robot Game Streaming

Robot game table pairs will be streamed on three separate YouTube Channels. Teams, parents, guardians can access the Robot Game Streaming site here: https://va-dcfll.org/robot-game-stream/

On-Site Concessions

The Harrisonburg High School Key Club will be selling concessions on site and will be taking pre-orders. All proceeds will be going to Second Home in Harrisonburg and the Nasaruni Academy for Maasai Girls in Kenya. Check out the menu HERE.

Submit a Pre-Order here: https://formfaca.de/sm/6fGU-QB5k . Pre-orders are due by FRIDAY, Dec 3rd at noon.
– Coach/Mentors can schedule a time to pick up the food and will pay upon pick-up (cash, card, and check – made out to Harrisonburg High School)
– Teams (team members and coaches/mentors) can order on-site (especially smaller things like chips, drinks, candy, snacks), but it is encouraged to order entrees for lunch via pre-order

Area Hotels/ Lodging

We are encouraging teams to travel in a single day, but we know that won’t be possible for teams who live further away. So if the team does plan to stay overnight here are some hotel suggestions that are close to Harrisonburg High School where the event will be held.

What to Bring & Not Bring

What to BringWhat Not to Bring
Your Robot and Attachments
Masks for everyone on the team (maybe an extra or two)
Any extra LEGO wheels, pieces, parts the team may need
Batteries

Optional:
Team Posters/ Swag/ Fun Hats
Money for LEGOs or Concessions
LEGO Mission Models or Field Mat
Long Extension Cords
Gum, Confetti, Silly String, or other messy items