banner I have been a Lego League coach since 2007. This year, I wanted to document the season to give rookie coaches a resource to help them through to competition. The process can be intense, but it can also be a lot of fun for you and your team.

I hope to cover enough through my posts, but if I leave anything out, please feel free to leave a comment, or contact me.
Sep
30th

Achieving Mission Consistency

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

When trying to accomplish the missions, the name of the game is consistency. In order to achieve consistency, you have to have a way to know where your robot is. When your robot executes your program, it won’t move exactly the same each time. Even though you program your robot to move forward 300 degrees, […]



Sep
27th

Tips for the Missions

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

You should have received your field kit by now and put it together. You’ll want to go over each of the missions with your team. Try to understand them to the best of your ability before you meet with them. Questions will inevitably come up while you go over the missions, and if you don’t […]



Sep
21st

Programming a Parent

Author: fllCoach | Files under Programming

Three key concepts in for programming are: think in steps, reuseability, and loops Recruit a parent to be a “robot” Use a whiteboard or large sheet of paper to reinforce concepts visually Left foot forward and right foot forward can be combined together as a STEP command block Re-use the STEP command block multiple times […]



Sep
17th

Tip for the Mat

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

I thought this would be an obvious thing to do, but I was once in a coach meeting where a coach said they didn’t figure this tip out for a few years. When you get the mat, unroll it and reroll it with the front side out. This will flatten the mat so that the […]



Sep
14th

Defining the Project

Author: fllCoach | Files under Research Project

Requirement is to define a problem, a solution, and a community within the overall topic for the season Brainstorm ideas, no idea is too silly Help team think outside the box Narrow the ideas, then narrow the focus Don’t be afraid to dedicate an entire meeting to just defining the problem Do the research Creative […]



Sep
9th

Parent Involvement

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

Parents want to help, but don’t think they understand robotics enough Parents can help by building robot Give little tasks to parents along the season to reduce your stress Parents can help prepare for competition Don’t demand help, but don’t be afraid to ask In my first year as coach, I read that coaches should […]



Sep
6th

Sub-teams

Author: fllCoach | Files under Teamwork

Break team into pairs or 3s to complete missions Pair up experienced and inexperienced together Pair outgoing kids together and shy kids together Don’t put friends together Don’t be afraid to adjust sub-teams as season goes on Between the project and the robot programming, there is a lot to do. When it comes to the […]



Sep
3rd

2010 Season Begins

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

The 2010 Lego League season, also known as Body Forward, begins officially today. The details will be released at noon. If you haven’t registered your team yet, you should do so soon. Fields kits are shipping and teams are getting excited for the new season. My new team met tonight and we made good progress […]



Sep
1st

Putting the Field Kit Together

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

Sort pieces by size (large vs. small) and by color Print out instructions Dedicate one team meeting to building the field kit [Take pictures!] Split the team into pairs that aren’t friends If you are missing pieces, look in another bin, or take a break and look again later Finish whatever isn’t done with your […]