FIRST LEGO League Event Calendar

This page lists the South Carolina FIRST LEGO League event schedule for the 2018 Into Orbit season.

Please check back regularly for additions and updates to the schedule.





A Kick-Off Celebration is an early season, kid-centric event designed mostly for existing FIRST LEGO League teams. Kick-Off Celebrations tend to be held for a few hours at a special venue such as a museum, zoo, or other public location. During the event teams are shown the new season’s Robot Game missions, are instructed about the Project requirements, and teams are connected with potential professionals related to the season’s theme. The purpose of a Kick-Off Celebration is to get teams excited about the new season and to share any new information related to competing in the FIRST LEGO League.



Most Coaching Workshops are training sessions that introduce new coaches to all four aspects of competing in the FIRST LEGO League (Project, Core Values, Robot Design Judging, along with the Robot Game). Some more advanced or specialized Coaching Workshops focus on a particular aspect of the program.

  • Aug 22 — Solving Missions
    Hanahan Senior Center, 3100 Mabeline Road, North Charleston, SC 29410
  • Aug 29 — Using Sensors
    Hanahan Senior Center, 3100 Mabeline Road, North Charleston, SC 29410


A Challenge Academy is a mid-season event in which teams come together, share ideas, and network with each other. During a Challenge Academy, the host venue runs simulated Robot Game matches using nearly the same standards as an official FIRST LEGO League tournament event. The host venue also provides opportunities for teams to receive feedback on the various judging areas. Challenge Academies are designed for teams to demonstrate Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition prior to an official qualifier event by sharing their mid-season accomplishments and learning from their future competition.

We would like to see more Challenge Academies pop up throughout the state. They’re a great way to network and to give teams a unique way to prepare for a qualifying event. If you’re interested in hosting a Challenge Academy please send us an email at


Teams directly register themselves for a qualifier of their choice. To hold their spot at the event, they must pay the $75 event fee at the time of registration ($78 if paying by credit card.)

Teams can begin registering for qualifying tournaments starting at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 29.

Instructions on how to register for a qualifier are found here.

Below is a list of the 2018 Into Orbit Qualifiers in South Carolina. To view the participating teams and the results from any completed event click on the hyperlinked qualifier name.

  • Nov 3 — Ace Basin Qualifier 
    Colleton County Middle School, 1378 Tuskegee Airmen Drive, Walterboro, SC 29488
  • Nov 3  — Greenville Qualifier
    Dr Phinnize J Fisher Middle School, 700 Millennium Boulevard, Greenville, SC 29607
  • Nov 10  — Charleston Qualifier 
    Summerville High School, 1101 Boone Hill Road, Summerville, SC 29483
  • Nov 10  — Tri-County Qualifier
    Tri-County Technical College, 7900 Highway 76, Pendleton, SC 29670
  • Nov 17  — Aiken Qualifier
    Chukker Creek Elementary, 1830 Chukker Creek Road, Aiken, SC 29803
  • Nov 17  — Cherokee Qualifier
    Gaffney High School, 149 Twin Lake Road, Gaffney, SC 29341
  • Nov 17  — Columbia Qualifier
    Irmo High School, 6671 St Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29212
  • Nov 17  — Dorchester Qualifier 
    River Oaks Middle School, 8642 River Oaks Road, North Charleston, SC 29420
  • Nov 17  — Mauldin Qualifier
    Mauldin High School, 701 E Butler Road, Mauldin, SC 29662
  • Nov 17  — York Qualifier 
    Saluda Trail Middle School, 2300 Saluda Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730



30% of the top performing teams at each qualifier are invited to participate in one of two South Carolina State Championship. Which state championship a team is invited to participate in depends on which qualifier they attended. To event fee for a state championship is $100 ($103 if paying by credit card.)

While the exact dates for the upcoming Into Orbit season are not finalized, we do expect to hold the state championships in December.



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