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
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 […]



Sep
1st

Food Factor Released Tomorrow

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

The Food Factor Challenge gets officially released tomorrow at 12pm EDT. Are you ready?



Aug
17th

Review: i.am.FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

A few nights ago, ABC aired a special about FIRST just before prime time. It was produced by Will.i.am, the front man for the Black Eyed Peas. I apologize for not announcing the special earlier because it is a big deal that a celebrity is getting involved to support and promote an educational program like […]



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 […]



May
23rd

Food Factor Season Open

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been three weeks since the 2011 season opened and I haven’t had a chance to post until today. This year’s topic is food safety. I’m looking forward to my team learning about the topic because I don’t know much about it. What technology is out there? What are the […]



Jan
31st

2010 Season Over

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

The 2010 FLL season is over. The state competitions were held all this month (ours was this past Saturday) and living rooms, basements, and garages can now be reclaimed for their intended purposes. This was another good season for me. My all-girls team won their regional tournament and placed 13th overall at state. I had […]



Jan
8th

Regional Tournament Ref

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition

I had the pleasure of being a referee at one of the Minnesota regional tournaments today. I had a blast! The best part was that my daughter came along and was my assistant for the day. They let her wear a referee shirt and she helped me reset the board after each run. It was […]



Dec
8th

Motor Tip #3

Author: fllCoach | Files under Programming

Smooth Acceleration With regional/qualifying tournaments looming, your team probably has most of its programs done and you are doing some final tweaks before competition. I have one last tip for the year. You may have noticed that when you put a motor block into your program, it defaults to 75% power. If you don’t change […]



Dec
3rd

Good Luck!

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition

The FIRST Lego League competition season is in full force the next few weekends. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Lego League teams, rookie or not, good luck in their regional/qualifying tournaments. Minnesota has 3 tournaments this weekend and 5 next weekend. I’ll be reffing at one of the tournaments next […]