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.
starting August 5th
Lexington – Sundays, 9:00am-11:00am
Newton – Sundays, 12:30pm-2:30pm
FLL fee per team member is $500, but you can make monthly payments of $100. This fee covers weekly practices from Aug 5th until the end of 2018. 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 FLL Advisor
- Robotics space in our studio
- FLL team registration fees
- FLL equipment, models, and playing mat
- Plentiful LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 equipment
- Robot game tables (built via FLL guidelines)
- T-shirts for the kids
- Web hosting for team webpages
Kids ages 9-14 can join FIRST LEGO League. The age limit requirement for the 14 year olds is determined on Jan 1st, 2018. However, kids who are turning 9 before or during the season can still join, under parent & coach discretion, based on whether the child will have a fun & successful experience.
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.