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  1. 1. Igniting young minds. Teaching life skills. Nurturing passions for science and technology. Practicing “Gracious Professionalism™.” F OR I NSPIRATION AND R ECOGNITION OF S CIENCE AND T ECHNOLOGY (501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization)
  2. 2. <ul><li>It’s a competitive sport . </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a life experience . </li></ul><ul><li>It’s opportunity . </li></ul><ul><li>It’s community . </li></ul><ul><li>It’s amazing . </li></ul>
  3. 3. FIRST learning … <ul><li>… never stops building upon itself, starting at age six and continuing through middle and high-school levels up to age eighteen. Young people can join at any level. Participants master skills and concepts to aid in learning science and technology through robotics. </li></ul>(FLL: ages 9-16 outside the US and Canada)
  4. 4. <ul><li>Introduction to real-world scientific challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Design, build, and program LEGO-based robots </li></ul><ul><li>Complete tasks on a thematic playing surface </li></ul><ul><li>Research challenges facing today’s scientists   </li></ul><ul><li>Learn critical thinking, team-building, presentation skills   </li></ul><ul><li>May participate in Official Tournaments or local events </li></ul>
  5. 5. Founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen <ul><li>Devoted to helping young people discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math. </li></ul>213,000+ students 85,000+ mentors and volunteers More than 50 countries 2009/10
  6. 6. Who is it for? <ul><li>For students (ages 9-14): the hardest fun you’ll ever have. </li></ul><ul><li>For mentors, coaches, volunteers: the most rewarding adventure you’ll ever undertake. </li></ul><ul><li>For sponsors: the most enlightened investment you could ever make. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>FIRST ® LEGO ® League Core Values </li></ul><ul><li>We are a team. </li></ul><ul><li>We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors. </li></ul><ul><li>We honor the spirit of friendly competition. </li></ul><ul><li>What we discover is more important than what we win. </li></ul><ul><li>We share our experiences with others. </li></ul><ul><li>We display Gracious Professionalism in everything we do. </li></ul><ul><li>We have fun. </li></ul>What are FLL ® Core Values? “ I want to build things nobody else has even thought of yet.” Charles Peterson, FLL Team Member (10 years old)
  8. 8. How is the University of Utah involved? <ul><li>The University believes in innovation and the impact students can have on our society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are the operational partner for the State of Utah </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host a summer workshop for coaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host the regional event – January 29, 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage the education community </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>An international program created through a partnership between FIRST and The LEGO ® Group </li></ul><ul><li>INSPIRES children, ages 9 to 14* (Grades 4-8), to participate in science and technology </li></ul><ul><li>ENGAGES children in playful and meaningful learning </li></ul><ul><li>PROVIDES a fun, creative, hands-on learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>CHALLENGES children to solve real-world problems using robotics </li></ul><ul><li>TEACHES children to experiment and overcome obstacles </li></ul><ul><li>BUILDS self-esteem and confidence </li></ul>What is FLL? *9-16 outside the US and Canada
  10. 10. <ul><li>How It Works </li></ul><ul><li>PROBLEM SOLVING AND CREATIVITY </li></ul><ul><li>Present children with a real-world problem </li></ul><ul><li>New scientific theme each year </li></ul><ul><li>TEAMS OF CHILDREN AND MENTORS </li></ul><ul><li>Work as a team </li></ul><ul><li>Learn with adults and mentors </li></ul><ul><li>DO IT ALL IN 8 WEEKS </li></ul><ul><li>Building, programming, testing, investigating solutions </li></ul><ul><li>May choose to participate in an Official Tournament or local event </li></ul>What is FLL?
  11. 11. <ul><li>FLL Teams </li></ul><ul><li>APPLY math and science concepts to research, design, build and program autonomous robots </li></ul><ul><li>USE LEGO MINDSTORMS ® technologies </li></ul><ul><li>GAIN hands-on experience solving real-world problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Robot Game </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LEARN from and interact with adult mentors </li></ul><ul><li>WORK as a group to overcome obstacles and meet challenges </li></ul><ul><li>ENGAGE with their community </li></ul>What is FLL?
  12. 12. 2009 Challenge <ul><li>Can teams transform the way we look at transportation? </li></ul><ul><li>The key to the 2009 “Smart Move” Challenge is accessing people, places, goods and services in the safest, most efficient way possible. In this journey, teams will consider many modes of transportation beyond their daily routine and streamline their options by making smart moves! </li></ul>
  13. 13. 2010 Challenge <ul><li>The 2010 “Body Forward” Challenge will explore the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body's potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives. </li></ul>
  14. 14. FLL impact: growth Team Growth <ul><li>2009 Season Projections </li></ul><ul><li>14,600 teams </li></ul><ul><li>146,000 middle-school students </li></ul><ul><li>More than 50 countries </li></ul><ul><li>89 tournaments, 454 qualifying events </li></ul>
  15. 15. FLL impact <ul><li>Coach Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>In a 2004 evaluation of FLL, Brandeis University found: </li></ul><ul><li>94% of coaches reported an increase in students’ understanding of how science and technology can be used to solve problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Among participants: </li></ul>Source: FLL Program Study by Center for Youth and Communities, Brandeis University, May 2004 77% 88% 93% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Want to learn more about computers and robotics Want to learn more about science and technology Increased interest in science/technology-related jobs
  16. 16. FLL impact Student Perspective In the 2004 evaluation of FLL, Brandeis University also found: Increased knowledge of: Source: FLL Program Study by Center for Youth and Communities, Brandeis University, May 2004 95% 93% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Use of school subjects in solving real-world problems Importance of science and technology in everyday life 90% Science and technology careers 97% Use of science and technology in real-world problem-solving
  17. 17. FLL impact <ul><li>Student Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>98% reported had fun working on their FLL team </li></ul><ul><li>93% rated their experience ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ (31% good, 63% excellent) </li></ul><ul><li>82% plan to participate again (11% will be too old; 5% report no time) </li></ul>Source: FLL Program Study by Center for Youth and Communities, Brandeis University, May 2004
  18. 18. <ul><li>Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Any group can create a team: schools, community groups, churches, neighborhoods </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 10 children, ages 9 to 14*, and at least one adult coach </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>$800 for new teams; $500 for returning teams </li></ul><ul><li>Season </li></ul><ul><li>May – September ……………. On-line registration (subject to availability) </li></ul><ul><li>Early September ………………Challenge is revealed </li></ul><ul><li>October – November ….. …….Build & research </li></ul><ul><li>November – January …………Tournament season </li></ul><ul><li>April ……………………………..World Festival </li></ul>Get involved: FLL teams *9 to 16 outside the US and Canada
  19. 19. FIRST Sponsorship Get involved: sponsors <ul><li>FIRST Sponsorship: </li></ul><ul><li>Builds technological literacy in youth </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthens company reputation in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Provides renewed inspiration to company engineers and employees </li></ul><ul><li>Engages employees in volunteerism opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Provides employee team building and training opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Inspires future careers in STEM area </li></ul>
  20. 20. FIRST Sponsorship Get involved: sponsors <ul><li>Helping Teams get started: </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Utah administers a program where teams needing financial help to get started can apply to receive a robot kit. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hill Air Force Base has graciously provided kits to help some teams get started. </li></ul></ul>“ FLL enables us to be a player in the community. The kids enjoy it and our employees get a kick out of it as volunteers. The feeling is that we’re all in this together.” Tom Pirelli, Chairman, ArialPhone Corporation
  21. 21. FIRST Sponsorship Get involved: sponsors <ul><li>Become a Sponsor: </li></ul><ul><li>Provide financial support to teams </li></ul><ul><li>Involve employees as mentors, coaches and/or volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Provide equipment, facilities and/or training </li></ul><ul><li>Help host a tournament for your community </li></ul>“ FLL enables us to be a player in the community. The kids enjoy it and our employees get a kick out of it as volunteers. The feeling is that we’re all in this together.” Tom Pirelli, Chairman, ArialPhone Corporation
  22. 22. FIRST Sponsorship Get involved: volunteers <ul><li>Become a Volunteer: </li></ul><ul><li>Help children discover the fun in science and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Have a positive impact on the lives of children </li></ul><ul><li>Help celebrate science and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Network with like-minded professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Be inspired and energized through your participation </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun </li></ul>
  23. 23. FIRST Sponsorship Get involved: volunteers <ul><li>Volunteer Opportunities: </li></ul><ul><li>Coach or Mentor a team </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate a team </li></ul><ul><li>Help with fundraising </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit new teams </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer at Utah’s regional event </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. Judge or Reviewer/Referee </li></ul></ul>“ There’s something about changing a young person’s life and giving them direction that keeps me going.” General Motors FIRST Volunteer
  24. 24. FIRST Sponsorship Get involved: mentors <ul><li>Become a Coach or Mentor: </li></ul><ul><li>Empower children with a sense of accomplishment </li></ul><ul><li>Provide valuable one-on-one interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Be respected and admired by team members </li></ul><ul><li>Be inspired and energized through your participation </li></ul>“ I love working with these kids! I’m amazed and inspired by what they can accomplish, and their enthusiasm and energy is contagious.” Kristen Kelso, FLL Coach and Judge, former FIRST Robotics Competition participant
  25. 25. FIRST Sponsorship Coaches Workshop <ul><li>August 5, 2010: </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by The University of Utah </li></ul><ul><li>Free to all registered FLL registered coaches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn how to coach middle schoolers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time management, research skills, problem solving, robot design, team working skills, team development (fundraising, communication, outreach, coordination with parents) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Lego Mindstorm technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hands on “robot build” session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FLL missions, judging rubric, state championship structure </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. FIRST Sponsorship Get involved: schools <ul><li>Opportunities: </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the word about FLL </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage parents to form teams </li></ul><ul><li>Provide space for teams to work </li></ul><ul><li>Be a tournament site </li></ul><ul><li>Help mentor/coach a team </li></ul><ul><li>Bring FLL into the classroom </li></ul>“ I have been teaching for 31 years and this is one of the best programs I have ever seen!” David Mills, Technology Education Teacher
  27. 27. FIRST Sponsorship Get involved: <ul><li>Opportunities: </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit students to mentor/coach teams </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Contact local elementary and junior high schools </li></ul><ul><li>Get the word out to alumni </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>On the web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.utfll.utah.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.firstlegoleague.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email: </li></ul><ul><li>Kathy Hajeb utfll@utah.edu </li></ul>More information