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First LEGO League Qualifying Tournament


Tony Abbatiello
Regional Director
(315) 255-7670

Deb Daloia
Tournament Coordinator
(315) 255-7610


The First LEGO League gives elementary and middle school students and their adult coaches the opportunity to work together to solve a common problem. Challenged to research a real-world problem, then create an original solution for that problem, plus design and build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit within a common set of rules to accomplish “missions” on a playing field, brings out the best in students and adults alike. The theme changes each season, requiring teams to be extraordinarily creative. FIRST redefines “winning” by rewarding teams for achievements not necessarily gained on the field of play − excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, Gracious Professionalism®, community outreach, and more are recognized with awards. Winning is always secondary to the quality of the overall experience. We are excited to launch our first season as a First Lego League Region.  Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES is partnered with University of Rochester and will host a regional competition in November as part of the Finger Lakes region. The Finger Lakes region is home to over 150+ FLL and 20+ Jr. FLL teams and is growing each year. In 2004, the first year of operation, the Finger Lakes region had less than twenty teams with one tournament held in the region. Today, there are eight regional qualifying tournaments, which send high performing teams to advance to the championship tournament at the University of Rochester in December.
The FLL Challenge for 2016-2017 is Hydro Dynamics. 

November 11: Cayuga-Onondaga Qualifying Tournament - Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, Auburn, NY

December 10: Finger Lakes First LEGO League Regional Championship and First LEGO League Jr. Expo - University of Rochester, Goergen Fieldhouse, Rochester, NY (Must be selected to advance to this event)


Hydro Dynamics Challenge Guide Letter
Hydro Dynamics Challenge Letter
Hydro Dynamics Field Setup Letter
Hydro Dynamics Coaches Handbook



University of Rochester
First Inspires





Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent of Schools

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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