The following timeline provides a quick overview of what needs to be done, and when. For detailed breakdowns of tasks for each role, click below!

6 months before:

  • Determine organizer’s roles – coordinator, facilitator or judge
  • Find a location
  • Schedule Workshop & Challenge Days
  • Determine budget
  • Set registration fee
  • Recruit local middle school teams
  • Solicit local companies for support
  • Once dates are selected, contact NFPA to have the date added to our calendar & website (We will also make a Facebook event for Public Challenges only)


Once teams are signed up:

2-3 months before:

  • Familiarize yourself with the step-by-step instructions for Workshop & Challenge Days
  • Cross-check shipment of competition kits
  • Construct layout for Challenge event

1 month before:

  • Make arrangements for lunch for Workshop & Challenge Days
  • Confirm judges

Day of Workshop or Challenge:

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