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FIRST LEGO League

Welcome to main information page for Los Altos Robotics First Lego League (FLL) program. On this page you will find:

Los Altos Robotics FIRST Lego League 2007 Calendar

May - Sep, 2007 National FLL National FLL Team Registration period for all teams including all Los Altos Robotics teams. Register in early August to get your materials in time for the start of the season.
Aug - Sep, 2007 Los Altos Robotics FLL 2007 "I need a Team" List Registration period
August 1, 2007 Robot sets begin to ship to registered teams
August 1, 2007 Challenge Sets begin to ship
Tue, Sep 4, 2007, 7:30PM Los Altos Robotics parent orientation meeting at Oak school multipurpose room
September 9, 2007 [EXTENDED to Sep 17] Target date for parents to have their team formed and coaches identified.
Sun, Sep 9, 2007, 3-6 PM Coaches training at Oak school. Sponsored by Los Altos Robotics. Click here for more information or RSVP.
September 5, 2007, 9AM PDT Power Puzzle Challenge announced. Most teams start practices this week.
September 23, 2007 "I need a Team" list registration deadline for players who need help finding a team.
September 30, 2007 Deadline for Los Altos Robotics team fee payment, including all t-shirt orders. This applies to all teams who want to participate in the Los Altos Robotics Scrimmage on Oct 15 and the Local Competition on Nov 19
September 30, 2007 Team Registration closes at the national level
Sep 12 - Nov 18 Challenge season (12 week research , designing, building, programing, and testing phase)
[NEW DATE] Sun, Oct 21, 2007 Los Altos Scrimmage at Blach School from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
Sun, Dec 2, 2007 Los Altos Local Competition Blach school from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
January, 2007 (tentative) The Northern California FLL State Competition will take place at Freemont High School. Find out more about it and other Regional/Qualifying FLL Tournatments at the Northern California FIRST LEGO League website.

Introduction

This page provides a quick overview of the FLL program and gives links to other resources. It should be helpful for those interested in finding out more about the FIRST LEGO League. Also provided is a section for those interested in starting a team of their own. This infomation has been provided by Michael Schuh.

Announcements

The 2007 Los Altos Robotics FLL Announcement Flyer is a good 1-page flyer with a brief description and schedule. Feel free to distribute it to anyone you think might be interested in the program. Many Los Altos schools distribute this flyer in their office.

The 2007 Los Altos Robotics FLL Parent Orientation Presentation is a 20+ page presentation that describes the program in Los Altos and gives tips on how to form teams. This is a good place to start in your are new to FLL.

Brief Description of FLL

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and LEGO® MINDSTORMSTM have joined forces to bring you the FIRST LEGO League (FLL). This exciting, new program introduces kids ages 9-14 to the wonders of science, math and technology in a fun and engaging way.

An extension of the High School Robotics Competition, FLL pairs an academic challenge with a sports-like playing field where kids invent independent robots. Using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System, teams of students, teachers, engineers and parents receive a Challenge which is different every year. Each team is then responsible for the design, construction, programming, and testing of their robot to compete in the Challenge.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention Challenge Kit includes over 700 LEGO pieces, motors, light and touch sensors, gears, a CD-ROM including the RCX code programming environment, and an infared transmission tower to download the program directly into the robot.

The heart of the LEGO MINDSTORMS set is a micro-computer mounted inside a super-sized LEGO brick. This is called the RCX and is the brain for each invention.

Starting Your Own Team

Starting teams is an important part of the Los Altos Robotics program. The following documents provide a wealth of information for forming a new team. You do not need to be a technology person to form a robotics team with your child. However, you do need to be dedicated, read the coaching documents that are provided, allocate enough time with kids, and be ready to do a bit of homework. If you, or one of the parents who is helping, can install computer games and get them working when there are minor problems, then you know enough technology to help the kids in case something breaks.

Quick Index To Los Altos Robotics FLL pages

  • FIRST LEGO League Registration FAQ: Answers to the common registration questions that are sent to me.  I suggest checking here before emailing me a question.   You might quickly find your answer.
  • Team Resources such as the Los Altos Robotics Flier and presentations from the Los Altos Robotics Orientation and Coaches Training are archived available. These are the materials that we have created to help people understand the program and form and have better teams.
  • This Kit Policy was approved by the Los Altos Robotics Board of Directors at the May 24, 2005 meeting. We are planning on using it to help teams with kits for the 2005 FLL season.
  • Through the years, Michael Schuh has collected FLL Programming and Design Suggestions and have archived them for all to use.
  • FIRST LEGO League Simple Playing Field Design: Tells about how we have built playing fields for the teams.
  • Competition Results and Files is where you will find the scoring results from past years Los Altos FLL competitions. Also included are the Excel scorring spread sheets and PowerPoint certificate files used in the competitions.

Helping Out

It takes a lot of people to help us run the teams and make the tournament a success. We will need help again this year. Please help out however you can and in whatever way is satisfying and fun for you.

  • Teams need Team Coach(1), Assistant Coach(1-2), Team Manager(1), and a Practice Session Host (provide a large room for the team meetings).
  • The tournament opportunities page is where you can learn about how you can help out at a Scrimmage and/or Local Competition.
  • The Board of Directors has open positions and the people currently holding positions can use some help. Check the Board of Directors page to see how you can help out at this level.

For More Information

Change Log

09 Oct '05 Added Help section, Schuh.
11 Sep '05 Added in short More Info section and reorderd the Quick Index, Schuh.
21 Aug '05 Added Resources Area description and link, Schuh.
01 Aug '05 Updated for 2005
09 Aug '06 Updated for 2006, Macaluso & Schuh

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