NewBoCo provides practice space for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams, a program in which participants grades 4–8, along with their adult coaches, work together to invent new solutions to real-world problems. NewBoCo is also providing practice space for FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) team, a program for 1st-3rd grade students.

FLL Application (9-14 years old)

The FIRST LEGO League teams are made up of 10 elementary and middle school kids from around the Cedar Rapids area. Our team is led by coaches Randy Bachman and Charles Kwiatkowski.

Currently the plan is to have practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00. Should there be sufficient enrollment for a second team, the dates and times of meetings will be determined then. Each team will schedule a few extra practices around competition time. Regular season starts around mid-July/early August and ends mid-January. Regional competition is typically mid-December. State competition is typically mid-January. FIRST LEGO LEAGUE is a team activity, thus individual participation/attendance is essential and excessive absenteeism may result in dismissal from the team. Attendance at all competitions is required.

Application must be filled out by the prospective team member (4th-8th grades). Parents/caregivers, please do not fill this out. Please apply no later than September 1st, 2019. Registration fee of $100 due at the first meeting.

Coaches and Mentors

We are always looking for additional adult support via coaches and mentors. If you are willing to share your time and talents, please contact the coaches listed below or sign up through our volunteer page.

Questions about the FLL application or teams? Contact the coaches:
Randy Bachman:
Charles Kwiatkowski:

FLL Jr. Application (6-10 years old)

FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) is for students in grades 1-3 and encourages them to solve problems using LEGOs. This team will meet Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the NewBoCo space (415 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401). This team can accept up to six students who will be led by mentors through projects, and, finally, through creating their own design to solve this year’s mission theme: Boomtown Build. The team will attend an expo to display their project and receive feedback in a non-competitive setting. Team fees of $50 per participant will help cover the challenge kit and any supplies for the expo display.

Questions about the FLL Jr. application or team? Contact the coach: Samantha Dahlby

Get Involved

FIRST LEGO League Iowa is always seeking mentors and students to get involved.
More information about opportunities in Iowa can be found at Iowa State Engineering Kids page.

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