Event Registration

Festivals must have at least 6 teams registered. After that minium has been met, VA-DC FLL will confirm the event with teams and follow up with payment information. If the minium has not been met two weeks before the event, VA-DC FLL will need to cancel the event and will reach out to teams to reschedule.


2024 VA-DC FLL Explore Festival Schedule

BlacksburgMarch 3rdBlacksburg High School (FRC Event)1pm-3pm
HenricoApril 9thHarvie Elementary5pm-7pm
Harrisonburg *April 28thExplore More Discovery Museum1pm-4pm
Leesburg May 4th Academies of Loudoun10am-12pm
D.C.May 11thRita Bright Center10am – 12pm
Fairfax**May 18thNova Labs10am – 12pm
Newport NewsJune 1stCNU STEM Day12pm – 2pm
* The Harrisonburg event is waitlist only.
** The Fairfax event is at capacity right now, but we are looking at setting up another event in Fairfax on the same day

Coaches Webinar “How to Prepare your Team for an Event”

Did you miss our Coaches Webinar? You can access the Slide Deck and Recording.

Festival Overview

Each event will look different depending on the host site, but teams can expect the following…

  • Teams should plan attend the event for approximately 2 to 3 hours (depending on the event format).
  • Festivals will have between 6 and 18 teams.
  • Teams will display their MASTERPIECE Team Model and Team Poster. Table space will vary at each event, but teams can plan for at least 2-4 ft of surface. Team models should be on the MASTERPIECE mat included in their FLL Explore Set.
  • Reviewers will meet with each team for 10 minutes (5 minutes for the team to present their work and 5 minutes for questions).
  • We encourage teams to talk and learn from other teams during the event! When teams aren’t sharing with other teams and reviewers, there will also be activities or demonstrations to participate in!
  • At the end of the event, each participant will get to take home their official VA-DC FIRST LEGO League medal with some other season swag!

How to Prepare your Team

  • Have the team create a Team Poster
  • Have the team practice presenting their Team Model
  • Take a look at the Reviewing Documents
  • Have your team practice introducing themselves and sharing their work with family/friends at a practice meeting! It will help them feel more comfortable during the review session. You can even try some of the “Reviewer Questions” with them (found in previous bullet point).