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.

Food Factor Field Kit

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

I spent a good part of the weekend getting the Food Factor field kit put together. While last year’s Body Forward involved a lot of precision, this year’s challenge involves a lot of maneuvering. All of the Dual Locked pieces create a bit of a maze. There really isn’t a straight shot to anything (except the blue ball).

A couple of notes about set up:

  • Pay attention to the alterations to the Contamination Risk platforms. Without them, they won’t stand up on their own. Once the alterations are done, the lever pivot will sit right above the red ‘x’ on the mat.
  • The fence posts will match the Dual Lock markings on the mat when they sit in one direction, but not the other.
  • The Dual Lock in the pictures for attaching the import/export station to the North wall was too high for the wall. I just used the bottom Dual Lock squares and it seemed to work fine.
  • You’ll need a scrap piece of 2×4 for the import/export station on the East side so that it mimics being attached to an opposite competition table.

Overall, I like this board the most of the ones I’ve seen over the last few years. It is simple and elegant. I’m hoping the team can create programs that are the same.

If you’re a rookie coach, take a look at my Putting the Field Kit Together post from last year for suggestions on, well, putting the field kit together. Also check out my Tip for the Mat post.

Many kids join Lego League to play with Legos so dedicate an entire meeting to building the mat models. It helps with team building and gets them working together. You won’t finish all the models in one meeting. You can either have another meeting to finish the builds, or finish them with your child. It’s good bonding time.

Here are some pics of my board:


5 responses. Wanna say something?

  1. Brad Dawson
    Sep 29, 2011 at 14:05:50

    Where on the disc’s are the instructions for putting the filed pieces together? I was shipped a compiliation DVD as well as aa ‘The project’ DVD, but I can’t find the field set up instructions on there any place…. Is there a location on line?

    Any help would be appreciated.

  2. fllCoach
    Sep 29, 2011 at 21:32:08

    The disc with the build instructions should be in the long rectangular box with the mat and Lego pieces. Shake the box well because I didn’t see it at first either.

  3. Mohamed Diab
    Oct 19, 2011 at 21:10:40

    AM mohamed diab from Egypt and need your help.
    am coach FLL but all teams have problem in my country,we didn’t recieve playground.
    i ask you to send to me building instruction playground of food factor.

  4. fllCoach
    Oct 23, 2011 at 11:34:48

    Please check the package for instructions again. I found mine at the bottom of the box. I’m not sure I’m allowed to send instructions.

  5. John
    Nov 9, 2011 at 11:23:18

    These pointers are super-helpful to me (first-time FLL coach) – thanks so much for sharing!


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