FIRST Lego League Robotics Qualifier - Ricci Middle School


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Ricci Middle School51 IntervaleNorth Providence, RI 02911

photo courtesy of Greg DeAscentis


Rhode Island Students of the Future and FIRST LEGO League Rhode Island needs volunteer judges, referees and event staff for our upcoming tournament season!

Judges meet with teams to review their robot design and programming, their research projects and to evaluate their core values. Referees keep score during the robot game matches. FIRST LEGO League teams are groups of 9 - 14 year olds who have spent the past 10-14 weeks building and programming a robot to score points on the FIRST LEGO League game field, and conducting research into a topic related to this year’s theme, "Hydro Dynamics." Event staff will be placed in roles for registration, concessions, robot practice rooms, security, etc.

Judges:must be 18 or older and training will be held Tuesday, November 14 at 6 pm
Referees are 16 or older and the training is Wednesday, Nov. 8th at 6:00 pm
Event staff are typically 16 or older, although younger children may serve alongside their parents or caregivers.

All training sessions will be held at the East Providence City Hall Conference Room
145 Taunton Ave., E. Prov., RI 02914.
(If you cannot make this training, there are also online modules you can complete.)

Event dates:

FIRST Lego League Robotics Qualifiers
Saturday December 2, 2017 organized and hosted by Gordon School, East Providence
Saturday December 9, 2017, organized and hosted by Ricci Middle School, North Providence
Sunday December 10, 2017 organized and hosted by All Saints STEAM Academy, Middletown
Sat December 16 organized by AIR 4-H, hosted by Portsmouth Middle School, Portsmouth

FIRST Lego League Robotics State Championship:
Saturday January 13, 2017 Championship, Roger Williams University, Bristol

Robot Block Party
Saturday April 7, 2018 Pizzitola Center at Brown University

FIRST Lego League Jr Expo
Saturday June 2, 2018 organized and hosted by Gordon School, East Providence

Getting Started:

For those of you that volunteered last year you can log into your account, (first timers will need to create an account), on the Volunteer Information Management System, (VIMS) to select the event and role you wish to volunteer for. Background Checks are good for 3 years so if you got one last year you're still good. If you certified as a judge last year you don't have to take the training again but will need to complete the Certification quizzes for your role, (80% to pass). for example, a Project Judge would need certification as a Judge + Project, Core Values Judge would need Judge + Core Values and Robot Design would need Judge + Robot Design. After you log-on to VIMS you will be faced with a screen containing very little information. Click on the box labeled "Apply for an Event" then select Program "FLL", Select Country, "USA" Select State from the dropdown, "Rhode Island" and then click on "Search Events". This should fill the browser window with the Events we have planned. Find the event you wish to volunteer for and press "Select". From the list at the left select the role or roles you are volunteering for, then press "Add". For Select days available check the box, (ours are single day events). When done press " Apply for Selected Roles". After I have assigned you to a role at an Event you will receive an email informing you of that.

Note: If you are interested in helping with the FLL jr Expo, in order to see the event on VIMS you need to check the box on the homepage for FLL jr as well as FLL prior to clicking on "Search for Events".

Look forward to working with you again this season. Remember we want it to be FUN, both for the kids and for us. We can't build enthusiasm for STEAM if it's not enjoyable.

Questions? Email Dick Taylor, FIRST LEGO League Judge Advisor, .
Or Gina Valdes, Volunteer Coordinator,


  • Math / Science Instruction
  • STEM
  • Robotics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Public Relations
  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 - 10 hrs

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