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www.firstinmichigan.org/fll We are a Team! Be a Sponsor Volunteer About Events Menu Structure
Our URL will be www.firstinmichigan.org/fll
Will JrFLL migrate out of the FLL portion and become it’s own section?
Will we add our events to the FiM calendar or maintain our own calendar?
We will maintain our own “Announcements” blog.
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Welcome to the Michigan FIRST Lego League website! FLL provides an opportunity for students and mentors to practice FLL Core Values both within and between teams. Children (9-14) experience the excitement of science and technology and learn valuable life skills. Teams create ideas, solve problems, and overcome obstacles, while gaining confidence in their abilities to positively use technology. … where what we discover is more important than what we win
FIRST Lego League FLL MI <<Not a separate page, used to exemplify the menu drop>> Sponsors
About Us – FIRST Lego League Example content, all content will be reworked by FLL MI FIRST Lego League is part of the FIRST family of programs geared for children ages 9-14. It is a partnership between the LEGO® Group and FIRST committed to creating robotic competition programs that will excite and inspire children to excel in math and science. Every September, FLL releases a Challenge , which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has two parts: The Robot Game and The Project . Teams of up to ten children, guided by coaches and mentors, develop an autonomous robot using the LEGO Mindstorms kit, to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game). They also research, develop and present a solution to a research problem (Project). Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament hosted by one of our Operational Partners. The Challenge is “what we do” - Core Values are “how we do it”. The FLL Core Values are the cornerstones of the FLL program. Participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork. Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate and transportation. By designing the Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
About Us – FLL MI Include a “hotspot” map of MI depicting our Events/areas of coverage? See FiM district map. We are a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting the FIRST LEGO League Program and the FIRST philosophy; inspiring kids, providing quality tournament experiences for Michigan FIRST LEGO League teams and having fun! Photo or hotspot map In Michigan, we have adopted a qualifying tournament system. All officially registered FLL teams in Michigan will have the opportunity to participate in ONE qualifying tournament (see FLL Events). Each qualifying tournament will advance a certain percentage of the teams to one of our two Championship (State) Tournaments. View the Michigan State FIRST LEGO League Committee
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<<Not a separate page, used to show example of menu drop>> The Season We are a Team! FAQ
May – September: Register Your Team: : You can register a team at FIRST LEGO League website. Registration will remain open as long as there are materials available to support all teams (expect registration to stay open into September). Remember to obtain an NXT robot kit, which can be purchased at the time you register your FLL team.
*Note: Purchase a Field Kit. This is highly recommended, as the challenge theme changes every year. You can purchase the mat and field kit when you register.
August: Field Kit’s are shipped!
September: The Challenge will be announced in early September. Log on to www.usfirst.org to learn the specifics.
October: Event registration opens in October . Instructions for registration, along with a list of events, can be found under “FLL Events”.
November – December: Competition season!
Team Information – The Season This is Pitr. He is a helper icon. As I traced back thru the history of Lego, I came across him. Watch the Calendar and Announcements for milestone dates!
Team Information – We are a Team! What Defines A Team? A FLL team is made up of at least 3 and no more than 10 members, between the ages of 9 and 14 years of age. Children can be no older than 14 years old as of January 1 of the current challenge season in order to be eligible to be on a FLL team. Teams often organize through schools, home school groups, youth organizations, religious programs, scout programs or neighborhood groups. For information on how to start a team, go to “Get Involved – Start a Team”. Coaches: A FLL team also needs at least one Coach , 18 years of age or older, who is willing to be the responsible adult for the team. The role of the Coach is to inspire, facilitate and guide the team; however, it is the responsibility of the team members to come up with the designs, solutions, research topics, computer programs and presentation ideas. TIP! Have the parents of the team members share the load! Split up duties and show the kids, by example, how a team works together! Mentors: Many FLL teams also have Mentors , people who have skills and knowledge in specific areas who can help teams with project research, presentation skills, lego engineering, programming – just to name a few! TIP! FRC team members make great mentors! Find a nearby team at http://www.usfirst.org/whatsgoingon.aspx . FLL MI: <<Define our support of the team>> Core Values are the foundation of FIRST Robotics. Click here to learn about them! Option:This info could be part of the “Start a FLL Team” guide. This page could just supply an overview of team structure.
Team Information – FAQ Q: Can you place my child on a team? A: FLL MI does not place kids on FLL teams although we get this request all the time. Teams typically form on their own. See “Starting a FLL Team” guide under “Resources”. Q: How do I know if we are an officially registered FLL team? A: This simply means you went through the registration process via the main FLL site. If your team is listed on the Michigan FLL Team List found under “Resources”, you’re all set! Q: How do I register for a Qualifying Tournament in Michigan. A: Registration for all qualifying tournaments will take place on the same site where you registered your team. For more information, go to “FLL Events – General Information”. Q: Why can't we "officially" participate at more than one qualifying tournament? A: This is our way of ensuring that each team has an equally fair chance of winning awards at the qualifying level and advancing to a Championship Tournament. If a tournament host has room and allows a team to participate as the team's second qualifying tournament, the team is ineligible to receive any awards and can not use that tournament to advance to a Championship Tournament Q : Can we participate in both Championship Tournaments? A : Absolutely not
2011 Events Archived Events About Events <<Not a separate page, used to exemplify the menu drop>>
FLL Events – About Events
Qualifying Tournament Registration Process:
Check the Calendar and/or Announcements for the specific date and time that the Qualifying Tournament Registration process can occur
.Registration is done via https://gofll.usfirst.org/ , the same site where teams are originally registered.
The purpose of this Qualifying Tournament Application process is to determine which qualifying tournament each team wishes to attend so we can make tournament assignments in a way that satisfies the highest number of teams possible.
We'll do our best to place your team at their first tournament choice, but that may not always be possible. Please provide a second tournament choice that works for your team.
If a tournament receives more applications than their capacity, priority will be given in this order: Teams in the area, Rookie teams, All other teams
When your application has been successfully processed, you will see your tournament assignment listed on the MI FLL Team List . It will also be reflected in your team profile.
State Championship Tournaments:
The qualifying tournament a team attends determines which championship tournament it can advance to. Teams can only attend one Championship tournament.
Judging Rubrics Advancement Criteria Tournament Guide Useful Links Awards Structure MI FLL Team List This pages’ information could be done as a linked document. Then, the page would just have a brief explanation of each section and a link to the accompanying document. That would allow space to explain the FLL philosophy of events (celebration of accomplishments) plus make the connection of the Core Values to competition.
FLL Events - 2011 Events Link to tournament page; 16+ tournaments Click on the Challenge logo for details on this year’s game! All FIRST Robotics Competition Events are free and open to the public. December 3 White Lake Lakeland High School White Lake FLL State Championship November 19 Novi Novi High School Frog Force Frenzy FLL Qualifying Tournament November 19 Flint Carman-Ainsworth Middle School Lego Fever 2 FLL Practice Tournament November 12 Allen Park Allen Park Middle School Downriver Robot Rescue FLL Qualifying Tournament November 5 Flint Carman-Ainsworth Middle School Lego Fever 1 FLL Practice Tournament Date Location Event Venue Event Name
2011 Events – Frog Force Frenzy Qualifying Tournament Qualifier for White Lake Championship November 19, 2011 Novi High School 2222 Taft Rd. Novi, MI 48374 Links to pdf documents Documents Photos Hotels Results Contacts Pre-Order Lunches Schedule Pit Layout Venue Layout Team List Event Agenda Event Information
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The state's FLL Ambassador Group was formed to help promote FLL and to help new teams get started. See “Contact Us”. Get Involved – Start a Team “ Start an FLL Team” guide, similar in nature to FiM document, is suggested. Rough indication of linking to a picture. Specific Information on starting a team such as: Timeline Cost Equipment needed Support Etc. Could be linked documents
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Contact Us The state's FLL Ambassador Group was formed to help promote FLL and to help new teams get started. Ambassador Group Chair -- Walt Hickok - [email_address] Macomb County -- Ed Debler, [email_address] Saginaw area -- Greg Bales, [email_address] Flint area -- Bill Welch, [email_address] Upper Peninsula -- Doug Oppliger, [email_address] or Joan Berrevoets, [email_address]