Address for the SMR/ELM QT:

900 Duncan Ranch Rd,

Chula Vista, CA 91914

Our QT Features Judges and Referees from various Organizations such as, Google, Microsoft, General Atomics, FBI, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sempra Energy, Northrop Grumman, UCSD, Navy and more. 

Special guest and Speaker: Benjamin Morrell - Aerospace/Robotics Engineer from NASA/JPL

Our QT also invites organizations that feature our theme. Please contact us to VOLUNTEER! and Get ready for an Out of This World fun time with companies that deal with Space and Orbit.

What is a Qualifying Tournament?

Once a team is formed and registered, they are encouraged to compete in a Qualifying Tournament (QT) where they will compete against other area teams. Top winning Teams  continue to compete at LEGOLAND for a regional championship. Top winning Teams at Legoland compete in the world championship. For further information, go to


Smart Mind Robotics Qualifying Tournament

Smart Mind Robotics will host 2 qualifying Tournaments this year in early November. Dates are November 10 and November 11, 2018. Our Eastlake/Smart QT will accept 16 teams for Saturday November 10 and 16 teams for Sunday November 11. 

REGISTRATION OPENS in SEPTEMBER and they will fill up fast.

This Year's theme is Into Orbit and the Coaches Handbook can be found HERE.


Join Us

Even if your team does not sign up to our QT. Come join us and see what it's all about. After all it is FREE and you never know what surprises we'll have in store for our visitors.

What is our typical QT day?

The typical QT for Smart Mind Robotics event is as follows:

Teams arrive around 8am, get checked in and find their tables ready for them at the Pit Area.

8:30am - 9:00am is our opening Ceremony where we introduce our Judges and Referees

9:10am we start judging sessions. There is a Project Judging Session, Core Values and Robot Design. Each session is 10 min long.

We will also have TWO practice Robot Game sessions before the actual Robot game begins.

Our Robot Game begins at Noon and each team will participate 3 times in the Robot game and their highest score will be their final score.

Awards Ceremony begins a 2:30pm and we are done by 3pm. 

There will be plenty of time for lunch between the teams last judgng session and the start of the Robot Game. We will have a Taquero on hand to purchase food or you can certainly bring your own.


Advancing Teams


Each of our two day QTs will have 16 teams participating.

Each Day will have 4 total advancing Teams to the Southern California LEGOLAND Championship in December 8 (SAT) or 9 (SUN).

4 Teams will advance for the Saturday Championship from Nov 10 Tournament and 4 will advance for the Sunday Championship from Nov 11.

In order to be considered to advance, teams  must score in the Top 75% in the Robot Game.

In order to be considered for the Champion Awards, teams must score in the top 40% in the robot Game.

We may also advance an additional alternate team if space allows.