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SWCS FLL intro

  1. 1. SWCS Robotics Club An Introduction to First Lego League
  2. 2. Programs from FIRST® • FIRST = For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology"To create a o Jr.FLL (Junior FIRST ® LEGO® League) 6-9 year-olds – initialworld where ORTOP pilot in 2006science and o FLL (FIRST ® LEGO® League) 9-14 year olds – started by ORTOPtechnology in 2001arecelebrated.. o FTC (FIRST ® Tech Challenge) for high school students – initialwhere ORTOP pilot in 2006young o FRC (FIRST ® Robotics Competition) for high school students –people not an ORTOP program but active in Oregondream ofbecoming • ORTOP = Oregon Robotics Tournament &science and Outreach Programtechnology o Organizes FLL tournamentsheroes" o Oregon University System program 2
  3. 3. First Lego League• For 9-14 year-olds (as of Jan 1, 2012)• Mini engineering problem based on real world problems o 2012: Senior Solutions o 2011: Food Factor o 2010: Body Forward• Two main parts o Robot game • A series of technical challenges for a Lego NXT robot to complete o Research project • Propose a solution to a real world problem and present it
  4. 4. The FLL Team Experience • Miniature engineering project team with o Creativity and teamwork o Engineering principles: requirements, alternatives, rapid prototyping, testing, … • Hands-on problem solving • Insights into possible careers • Illustrates multiple roles: Designers, Builders, Programmers, Sales and Marketing • Coaches & mentors offer advice but The youngsters do the work 4
  5. 5. Timeline• August 28: Senior Solutions Challenge is released• September 8: SWCS Robotics Club first meeting• September 22: commitment date• September, October, November: Develop solutions• Early December: Qualifying tournament o Attend one of ~25 tournaments, 15-20 teams each o Total of ~450 teams, 3200 youngsters• January: State tournament o If qualify, attend one of 2 tournaments, ~60 teams each
  6. 6. Tournaments are all-day events!• Demonstrate robot on the Challenge playing field – 3 opportunities• Interaction with Robot Design Judging Panel• Presentation to Project Judging Panel o General presentation area specified by FLL to enhance learning about the year’s theme o Requires research by the team o Develops presentation skills (the opportunity for the developing sales and marketing youngsters)• Core Values Judging Panel 6
  7. 7. Tournament Awards• Highest level awards (the Champions Awards) and invitations to Championship Tournaments require good results in Robot Design, Project, Core Values, and Robot Performance• Other awards also recognize outstanding performance in each of the 4 categories• ORTOP Young Team and Rookie Team awards are given at Championship Tournaments• Participation awards for all teams 7
  8. 8. FLL Team Costs• Yearly Costs o FLL Team Registration Fee: $225 o Oregon Qualifying Tournament Fee: $75 o Oregon Championship Tournament Fee: $50 o Field Setup Kit: $75 o Misc. including batteries, shipping: $50-$100• Total: $425-$525 o Team member dues ~$50 each • Due at commitment Sept 22. o Fundraising and team sponsors may defray cost 8
  9. 9. FLL Core Values• We are a team.• We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.• We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.• We honor the spirit of friendly competition.• What we discover is more important than what we win.• We share our experiences with others.• We display Gracious Professionalism™ and Coopertition™ in everything we do.• We have fun. 9

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