It is almost September and we are in full swing at the High Tech Kids office! A huge HELLO to our returning teams and WELCOME to our new teams.
For those of you new to FIRST LEGO League, High Tech Kids is the Minnesota FIRST Affiliate Partner. That means we organize and host FLL events here in MN! We, along with many amazing volunteers, help organize all the regional tournaments, run the MN State Championship, host Research Workshops, Coaches Training, Rookie Training, Volunteer Training and much more.
If you have any questions about MN FLL, please call us at 612.781.2203 or email us.
Please read through this email in its entirety. It is our hope to enable you and your team to fully participate in this wonderful program. Welcome aboard and thank you for coaching.
-All of us at High Tech Kids
Challenge is Released 11am tomorrow!
Tomorrow, Tuesday August 28th, the Senior Solutions Challenge and Rules will be posted online! Check the FIRST website for the most current information.
For those coaches that have NOT registered your team with FIRST and ordered a Field Setup Kit, we recommend that you do so soon! FIRST will close registration sometime between mid-late September or as soon as Field Setup Kits sell out.
*Changes for this year...please read*
For those returning coaches, we have some changes to announce. We had over 400 MN teams last year and we are on track to hit 10% growth this year, so we are adapting...
1. There will be NO divisions this year. We are the only State that had separate age groups and eliminating this will simplify many processes.
2. We are excited to offer a new tournament choice geared for rookie or late-starting teams. GO FIRST! will be co-hosting a MN Regional Tournament at the University of Minnesota on February 28th. As this is after our MN State Championship, this regional is for teams not interested in advancing onto State and those who want a longer, more relaxed build season. You may NOT participate in a Qualifying Tournament in addition to this tournament, your team must pick ONE.
Regional Tournament Registration
To attend a Minnesota Regional Tournament you will register with High Tech Kids. Registration will open on our website around September 16th and is $60 per team. You must be nationally registered with FIRST to compete and tournaments. We are still working on tournament sites and dates, but here is our TENTATIVE schedule.
We are still solidifying sites and dates for our Coaches Training, Rookie Team Training, and Research workshops. But take some time to check out our website and see all the training and help we offer. You do not need to register for coaches training. We will review the missions, research project and go over the season. Plan to attend one session.
Resources and Website Links
Take some time to explore the High Tech Kids and FIRST LEGO League websites. Here are some quick links...