First LEGO League - Robotics Teams
Every year www.firstinspires.org will pick a theme. Based on the theme, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team will start with building a robot, and attachments to do missions. Based on the year's theme, FLL team will take up a real life problem and work to come up with a solution. The team will come up with a robot mission strategy, build and program the robot to do missions. On the competition day, three times the team will run their robot to do missions and best of the three score is considered to advance to the next level.
Team: The FLL team consist of four to six students. Team will meet once in a week for two hours to build and program the robot. They will also spend some time to work on a project of identifying and solving real life problem related to the year's theme. Normally the season start in September and the qualifier tournament will be held in Bothell, before Christmas, second week of December during weekend.
Game: The building and coding part of the challenge includes building and programming using an EV3 LEGO Mindstorm robotics Kit to complete tasks(or Python programming if old enough). Teams have a span of 2 min 30 sec to complete as many “missions” as possible. Teams can make attachments and different base robots for the competition. Each team works out a solution to a problem related to the theme.
Research Project: Students research and learn about their topic based on the given theme. You will identify the real world problem. Teams should work together to find an innovative solution. Most teams share their solution with others before presenting it to the judges.
Core Values: The FLL core values are discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork, and fun. The judges and coaches expect you to always follow the core values no matter what. You are even judged on your use of the core values by asking your team to do a fun task that makes you work together and use all the other core values while doing it.
Competition: When teams come to the competition there will be three judgings, the robot, project, and core value ones. You will have only 3 chances to run your robot. You can win trophies, and move on to different levels.
Skills You will Learn and Benefits:All in all, FLL will help you learn skills like building, coding, developing your innovative skills and designing robots. Students will learn how to work as a team by working with other kids in their team.