September 6, 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Michigan FIRST LEGO League Season! (MI FLL Team Blast 2016.03)


We hope you are as excited about our Animal Allies season as all of our FIRST LEGO League volunteers here in Michigan!  This year’s challenge will be interesting and we will all learn a lot from our fabulous students.  Here is some important information about FIRST LEGO League in Michigan, that you will need to know this season.

Progression of Programs
Michigan runs a different progression of programs than what is on the FIRST website.  In Michigan we run FIRST Lego League in the upper elementary grades, starting in 4th grade, through the end of elementary.  More information on the Michigan Progression of Programs may be found here:

Team List

Teams that are fully registered and paid will show up on the list.  Teams that have not completed the registration process will not show up on the list. The list will be reviewed and updated as needed 2-3 times per week as the season progresses.

Please note that you are not considered registered until the team has 2 screened adult coaches, and the team registration fee has been paid.  This screening occurs through the FIRST registration system:  and a 3rd party site.  To learn more about the FIRST Youth Protection Program visit:  If you are having issues with team registration, please contact or call the phone number on the registration system login page.

Team Grants
We do not yet have details on team grants for the 2016 season, but anticipate that we will again be able to offer grants to teams.  When information becomes available it will be communicated to all registered teams.  Teams must meet the Michigan Progression of Programs, in order to be eligible for grants.

Qualifying Events
Each FIRST LEGO League team in Michigan may participate in one Qualifying event.  Qualifying events will take place each Saturday, between November 5 and December 3.  There will be no Qualifying events over the Thanksgiving weekend.  We are in the process of finalizing the FIRST LEGO League competition venues and dates for the 2016 season.  Some of the events are already posted on the FIRST website.  Additional events will be added as the information is finalized (you will need to filter for “Event”, “FIRST LEGO League”, “2016-2017 Season”, “USA” and your “Zip Code”):,FLL,FTC,FRC&year=2016

Teams must apply for an event, in order to participate in an event.  The event application will be via a Google Docs link that will be sent to teams with further instructions.  The event application period will take place October 8 through 16.  Each team will be asked to choose three different events, in order of preference.  Please apply early to improve your chance of getting your preferred event.
A note will be sent out to all registered teams, with further details on the event application process, prior to the opening of the event application.

Some teams from each Qualifying event will be invited to subsequently attend a State Championship event.  The State Championship events will take place on December 10 and 17.  Teams who qualify for a State Championship will be assigned to an event based on the Qualifier they attend.

The team registration fee does not cover your event fee.  The event fee in Michigan is $75 per team, per event.  Event registration fees are payable to the event host when your team checks in on the day of the event.

Once event assignments are made, they will show up on the official Michigan FIRST LEGO League Team List which may be found:

Project Rubric Pilot
As you prepare for your event, you will want to review the Rubrics that the Judges will be using to review your team, and provide you feedback at your events.  Rubrics will be returned to the teams at the conclusion of each event.  Please note that Michigan is one of several regions that will be participating in a pilot with FIRST LEGO League this year.  Michigan will be using different Rubrics for the Project.  The Michigan Project Rubrics will be different than what is posted on the FIRST website.  The Michigan Project Rubrics will be shared with the teams within the next week.  The Robot Design and Core Values Rubrics may be found on the FIRST website:

One final note:  All Michigan FIRST LEGO League email blasts may be found on the FIRST in Michigan website:

Please let me know if you have any additional questions, or need additional information.  You may reach me at  Please note that I will answer your query as soon as possible, but it may take a few days.  If you require immediate assistance, particularly with team registration, please contact

Good luck to all our teams!  Have FUN!

Pamela Williamson

Michigan FLL Partner