Our #1 focus at FLL is to build teamwork, solve problems, learn new technologies, and have fun. It’s important to note that winning is not our primary focus, but winning may be an outcome of an awesome display of teamwork.
Schedule & Cost
FLL Teams meet weekly, for 2 hours 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 time slots have not been scheduled for the 2018-2019 season, but we are hoping for an update by end of May.
FLL fee per team member is $500, but you can make monthly payments of $100. This fee covers weekly practices from Aug 26th – Dec 17th. If we pass state and/or national qualifications, there would be an additional $30/wk for practices starting on the first week of January.
The $500 fee also covers the following:
- 2 Coaches & 1 Advisor
- Robotics space
- Registration fees
- FLL equipment, models, and playing mat
- Plentiful LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 equipment
- 2 tables for practicing
- t-shirts for the kids
- web hosting for team webpages
FLL team members must be turning at least 9 years of age by Aug. 29th 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 a coach, assistant coach, and an overseeing advisor.
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:
- Assistant Coach – must attend all 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.
Each FLL team also has a need for communication & admin roles. They can be defined below:
- Team Coordinator – In charge of communication between families for events, at-home activities, extra practices, etc. Also plays a role of administrator, for following up on action items and logging information into the FLL database.
- Community Liaison– In charge of finding community helpers and resources. Helps with the project focus, finding people in the industry to help give kids real-life feedback and answer questions.