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.
Aug
17th

Nature’s Fury Mission Models

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

The Nature’s Fury challenge isn’t officially released until August 27th, but many of us have already received the field kits. My team put ours together this week. We took our best guess at where the models go. A lot of them were pretty obvious by the decorations on the mat and others fit perfectly within […]



Aug
1st

Nature’s Fury Mat and Models

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

The Nature’s Fury mat and field kit sets have been shipping for a few weeks now. We got ours quite a while ago. Here’s what the mat looks like: Note that they went back to a rolled up mat, so you won’t have trouble with creases this year. The other significant change this year is […]



Aug
25th

How to Use this Site

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition, Programming, Research Project, Robotics, Teamwork, The Game

Welcome to Lego League Coaching! I put this site together to help first time Lego League coaches to learn the ins and outs of coaching that I had to learn on my own. The site is divided up into sections related to each of the judging criteria. Here is a map of various posts to […]



Aug
23rd

Senior Solutions Field Kit

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

I received the new field kit for Senior Solutions a few weeks ago and now finally have time to write about it. In case you haven’t seen the mat layout, here it is: I’m struck by the fact that there are a lot of obstacles this year. Nothing is easy to get to. I’m also […]



Oct
2nd

Android Scoring App – Food Factor

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

I finally got around to finishing the new version of my scoring app. It is now available in the Android market. I had hoped to do a little more with it, but I just didn’t have time. And won’t. But it should still work fine.       The missoin images in this app came […]



Oct
1st

Keep Up to Date on Updates

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

It’s hard to believe it’s October already. Hopefully you’ve met once or twice with your team by now. If not, don’t fear, many others haven’t either. But don’t delay too long. There is a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. One thing you need to make sure you do […]



Sep
5th

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 […]



Jul
21st

Surprise Package

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

When my doorbell rang last night, I didn’t know what to expect when I answered the door as I wasn’t expecting anyone. Was it a neighbor kid wanting to play with one of mine? Was it someone wanting to sell me something? Or maybe one of those religious zealots telling me how to find God? […]



Jun
8th

FLL Scoring Android App

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

I’m a software developer by trade. It’s one of the reasons I was tapped to be a Lego League coach even before my daughter was of age. I recently wanted to learn how to develop Android apps and was trying to decide what I could build to understand how it is done. I realized that […]



Nov
11th

Technical Judging

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition, Programming, The Game

When you get to technical judging, there will be a Game table set up just like at the performance runs. There are generally two judges: one to judge your robot design, and one to judge your programs. Your team will be asked to run their missions and describe what is happening with their robot. They […]