FIRST LEGO League Team Resources

The internet provides a wealth of potentially helpful information for FIRST LEGO League teams as they progress through the season. This page lists just a handful of these resources.

Please be aware that the information found within these resources is often written by coaches or teams. It’s the responsibility of competing teams to verify that anything they find is within the FIRST LEGO League rules.

 


RESOURCES PROVIDED BY FIRST

All teams should start their season by reading the Challenge specific documentation,

Besides the above Challenge specific documents, coaches should also read the Coaches’ Handbook, which is available at

FIRST Steps is a series of resources that guide new coaches through their initial season of FIRST LEGO League. It is a step by step, meeting by meeting, framework that allows coaches with no previous experience, to lead a robotics team through a successful first season. The course also includes hints and tips on anything from how to help kids make collective decisions, to how to debug faulty robot programming. The course is free and accessible to anyone via the Schoology learning management system. To access the curriculum head over to

FIRST maintains a number of specific resources for teams. They’re accessible at

Check out the FIRST LEGO League YouTube channel for brief videos that summarize the league, this season’s Challenge, and for coaching quick tips.

For more resources and Challenge updates follow FIRST LEGO League on Twitter.

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RESOURCES FOR THE PROGRAM

FLL Starting Points is a coach aimed blog that covers all aspects FIRST LEGO League,

TechBrick Robotics provides useful handouts and resources for teams and coaches,

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RESOURCES FOR THE ROBOT GAME

Robot Game Table

fll-tableThe foundation (literally) of the Robot Game is the game table,

For some teams a more practical table would be one that folds and stores away,

The mission model building instructions and field setup guide are available at

Robot Build

The NXT STEP is EV3 LEGO MINDSTORMS blog fun video clips and great info related to the LEGO MINDSTORMS systems

A quick search in YouTube turns up endless videos about FIRST LEGO League. Teams are encouraged to watch a few videos showing Robot Game matches. This shows team members what to expect at a tournament. It also may provide a few new ideas about how to approach a particular mission. A specific YouTube channel that a lot of teams have found informative is

Sometimes your team just needs that one special part. Instead of buying an entire LEGO set to obtain that piece, teams can purchase parts at

Programming

A few years ago, the FIRST LEGO League team, Not the Droids You Are Looking For, put together the website

Besides including a few robot designs, this hosts a number of beneficial LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 programming tutorials.

The STEMcentric website is a resource for those involved with STEM education, either as a student or instructor. It is the home for the LEGO Robotics tutorials for the MINDSTORMS EV3, NXT and even the RCX. On their site are a number of helpful EV3 programming tutorial videos,

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RESOURCES FOR JUDGING

judging-rubricsTeams know in advance what judges are going to look for in the judging room. It’s a really good idea for teams to review the judging rubrics early and often.

Core Values

For some advice on approaching Core Values judging, and for activities to practice with your team, check out the Core Values tab at FLL Starting Points,

Project

Every year the Challenge theme changes, including the accompanying Project requirements. Teams are encouraged to reach out to local agencies, universities, and professional societies to find experts to learn more about the theme.

Robot Design

LEGO Digital Designerlego-digital-designer-logo is a free computer aided design program developed by The LEGO Group. The program is specifically designed to produce digital LEGO models and build instruction. LEGO Digital Designer is a great way for teams to document their robot chassis designs and attachments.

ldraw-logoAn alternative to LEGO Digital Designer is LDraw, an open standard for LEGO computer aided design program that allows users to create virtual LEGO models. Teams can use LDraw to document models, create building instructions, and render 3D photo realistic images.


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