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Volunteers sought for FIRST LEGO League tournament on Feb. 10

UND will be hosting the FIRST LEGO League state tournament at the Memorial Union on Saturday, Feb. 10, and organizers are seeking volunteers to help with registration, judging and refereeing.

You do not need to be in STEM to volunteer; roles do not require any technical experience, and several roles do not require any amount of online training offered by FIRST.

FIRST LEGO League is a competition for children ages 9-14. Teams of 10 build a robot made of LEGO Technic pieces to compete in four categories.

Robot Game assigns points based on the completion of a set mission; Robot Design concerns the engineering and coding of the robot; Core Values evaluates how well teams are working together; and Innovation Project involves solving a problem within the season’s theme. This season is titled “Masterpiece,” and focuses on art and similar hobbies.

Roles & Responsibilities

Judges (three types): Interview and observe teams alongside two other judges. Each judge focuses on either Robot Design, Core Values or Innovation Project. Each judge has their own rubric by which to provide feedback.

Referees: Observe and score Robot Game matches and identify rule violations.

Also needed are field crew (to reset playing field); judging and game queuers; registration/check-in personnel; people to guide guests around the Memorial Union. Whatever skills you have, UND FLL will find a job for you!

Email Lydia at to get involved as a volunteer. FLL offers judges and referee video training, as well as necessary clarification the morning of the event.