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I hope to cover enough through my posts, but if I leave anything out, please feel free to leave a comment, or contact me.
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19th

What is Lego League?

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

FIRST is an organization started in 1996 to encourage kids to learn about robotics. Their first “tournament” consisted of only a few teams and their robot task was just to get the robot to go around in a circle.

Today, FIRST has chapters around the world and almost 5000 teams competing in just the U.S. and Canada.

Lego League is a competition that challenges 4th-8th grade kids in both research topics and robotics. Each year, a topic is chosen where the teams must choose a problem that needs solving. They then do research on the problem and solution and present their findings to their community as well as to the competition judges. At the same time, they are working to program a real robot to do tasks on a 4’x8′ mat. The robot and mat pieces are all built using Legos.

Lego League doesn’t just teach kids how to do research, program robots, and think critically. They also get experience presenting in front of a group and gives them self esteem. I’ve seen several shy kids come out of their shell through the program.

For more information, visit the FIRST Lego League web site and consider starting your own team.


4 responses. Wanna say something?

  1. Chad
    Apr 28, 2011 at 12:24:13
    #1

    I found your website while researching starting up a FLL team. Your site has been immensely helpful to me and I appreciate that.

    I have a question… Right now, I think my biggest challenges will be getting the team started, costs, and fundraising. If I go forward with this and can’t manage to get to an event is that a bad thing? Ideally I would want to get to at least one nearby event. However, if I discuss the possibilities for the season with the parents and kids at the first meeting and let them know that, at least for the first season, we may not get to a competition, but we will learn and have fun, is that a reasonable and realistic approach? Maybe I’m nervous for no reason and the money will come in from parents and fundraising, but history tells me it wil be tough.

  2. fllCoach
    May 22, 2011 at 22:36:56
    #2

    Chad,

    My apologies for the late reply. I’ve been a bit busy as of late.

    I think what you propose is perfectly reasonable. Most of the fun of the season is watching the kids learn about building and programming the robot as well as doing the research. The competition is just the icing on the cake. You’ll be amazed at what they will learn.

    I would, however, encourage you to do what you can to get to a competition. They are a lot of fun and it’s great to see the kids show off what they have accomplished over the year. You might be surprised how much parents are willing to contribute to a worthwhile program. Give them links to this site and YouTube videos to show them what it is all about. You can also check with your school PTA and see what they are willing to do to help. Finally, engineering companies are very interested in getting kids into engineering and science. Talk to a few big ones and a few small ones. Sometimes the smaller ones have the most flexibility to help with little red tape. National registration doesn’t close until mid to late September, so you have plenty of time to raise the money.

    Good luck!

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