Girls + Robots = Fun!
Welcome and thank you for your interest in helping us with our mission of starting more all-girls FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams in Indiana. Females are one of the most underrepresented populations in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, and we think building robots can inspire them to pursue STEM in school and beyond. We've partnered to host an event that caters to girls on FLL teams because we want girls to be able to learn, create, and compete in an inspiring environment with their peers. Read on to learn more about the events, how to start an FLL team, and to find additional resources!
all-girls fll Challenge
saturday, May 20, 2017
school of informatics & computing, iupui - downtown indianapolis
This day-long event will feature an FLL off-season competition with special awards bestowed upon the most deserving teams. We will also have other activities scheduled for the day. See below for details!
- Cost is $20 per team
- Must be an all girls team or group of girls from a co-ed team
- Must bring your own EV3 or NXT robot to compete
- Must have 1-2 adult coaches at the event
High school volunteers, please click here to register! We're excited to have you helping out!
School of Informatics & Computing @ IUPUI
535 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Click here to view a campus map. The SOIC building is marked as IT.
8:30am – Registration
9:00 – 9:15am – Opening Ceremony / Welcome
9:30am – 12:30pm – Challenge Prep & Activities
12:30 – 1:00pm – Lunch (please plan to bring your own!)
1:15 – 4:15pm – Competition
4:20 – 4:30pm – Awards Ceremony
5:00pm – Doors Close
* Schedule is subject to change
Frequently Asked Questions
Parking: The School of Informatics & Computing is in the building located at 535 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Parking is available in the Gateway Parking Garage. A map of the campus can be found here - please note that the SOIC building is marked at IT and the parking garage is marked as XL. Visitor parking rates can be found here.
Pit Areas: Each team will have access to a pit area with a table. Power will be available.
Lunch: You are welcome to bring a packed lunch for your team or designate a parent to bring food in at lunchtime. Remember to eat lunch quickly as we are only scheduling 30 minutes before competitions begin!
Questions: If you have questions about the event, please contact Renee Becker-Blau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us about your team!
Whether you're a brand new team or you've been around the block, we want to know about you! All-girls teams are great, but if you're a co-ed team with a contingent of girls who would like to participate in our girls-only competition, let us know about your team as well! Please click here to make sure we have all the info we need to keep you updated about future opportunities!
how to start an all-girls fll team
FLL teams consist of 6-10 girls ages 9-14 and operate with the help of 2-3 adult coaches. If needed, volunteer coaches are available thanks to a partnership with the US2020 initiative in Indianapolis. Want to know more about FLL teams? Watch this video!
Organize Your Team
FLL teams are typically associated with an organization. Some examples are:
- Girl Scout Troop (click here to find out how to start a troop!)
- 4-H Program
- Girls Inc. Group
- Elementary or Middle School
These organizations allow teams to open a bank account to track team finances and can also present financial aid opportunities.
Register Your Team
FLL teams need to register with FIRST. Please visit the Team Information Management System (TIMS) to get registered. Also, we’d love to know if you start an all-girls team – click here to give us the details!
Fund Your Team
FLL teams typically cost approximately $1,500 to run, which includes team registration, robot kit of parts, basic laptop, event registration, etc. Typically, girls pay a fee to participate on the team and have events such as bake sales for additional funding. Funding is also available to teams with a US2020 volunteer coach.