FIRST Lego League (FLL) Introduces younger students (9-14) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.
FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology Apply real-world math and science concepts
Research challenges facing today’s scientists Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills FIRST Lego League 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, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game) and developing a solution to a problem they have identified Project). Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament.
Date: Saturday November 30, 2013 Opening ceremonies 10:15am, until 5pm
Location: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, 2420 Sixth Line, Oakville
The teams spend 8-10 weeks from September – December preparing their robots and researching for their projects. They will prepare for a 2.5 minute robot challenge where they will try to acquire up to the maximum points on a set challenge mat that every team in the world prepares with. They will also take their science research and prepare a 5 minute presentation to share their solution to a world problem. At competition, children have 3 judging sessions: robot, project and core values. They will also have 3 qualifying runs on the robot table.
Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. This years challenge involves identifying a community that may be affected by a natural disaster and learning about the disaster itself and the problems it may cause to find a solution that would help people to BE PREPARED, BE SAFE, REBUILD.
By designing the Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.