*ROAR!!*… *MOOOoooo*…. *QUACK!*…
These animal sounds are pretty much all we know at this point for ANIMAL ALLIES, this year’s 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge! FLL teams at Empow Studios will cheer on over 100,000 students across the world to help the environment and our animal friends. Each team will get judged on the Robot Game, Project, and Core Values. Come join us!
FLL Challenges are based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
The next season starts in August of 2017. We offer an FLL Training Club in the mean-time. Click our Robotics Club page to learn more.
What is FIRST LEGO League?
Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem, and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply STEM / STEAM concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s signature Core Values.
What is the FLL Challenge this year?
This year’s FLL Challenge is called “Animal Allies,” with more details to be released on August 30th. An FLL Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. Teams may then attend an official tournament, hosted by our FIRST LEGO League Partners.
The Core Values
The FIRST LEGO League Core Values are the cornerstones of the program. They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FIRST LEGO League from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.
- We are a team.
- We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
- We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
- We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
- What we discover is more important than what we win.
- We share our experiences with others.
- We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
- We have FUN!
About the program
Schedule & Cost
FLL Teams meet weekly, for 90 minutes at the Studio. These practices will enable kids to participate in a full range of skills including preparation, design-thinking, strategy, robotics, programming, engineering, team-building activities, graphic design, web design, and more.
Weekly practices are scheduled for the following days / times:
- Saturdays 9:00am – 10:30am
- Sundays 4:00pm – 5:30pm
FLL fee per team member is $410. This fee covers weekly practices from Sept 3rd – Dec 23rd. If we pass state and/or national qualifications, there would be an additional $30/wk for practices starting on the first week of January.
FLL team members must be turning at least 9 years of age by Aug. 30th in order to compete. Maximum age is 14. Team size is 5 to 10 members.
Each team member must make every effort to attend each practice. All parents need to contribute in some facet. At a minimum, parents need to do their due diligence in making sure their child is coming to class prepared and doing their part.
Empow provides one lead coach and one mentor per FLL team.
Additionally, each team requires some parents to be a part of the coaching team as coaches, mentors, and team helpers. The coaching team can be defined as the following:
- Coach – must attend team meetings, and contribute to the development of the team in and out of the studio. Coaches oversee that all team members are contributing and help drive the team to reach their self-defined goals.
- Mentor – must attend team meetings, and own one or more specific roles.
- Team Helper – attends some meetings, and contributes to one or more specific roles.