2017 Maine FIRST LEGO League Program:
For those of you new to the FLL, there is a TWO-STEP registration process.
If you want to check out the Team Resources page at FIRST, including the online copy of the Coaches Manual, just visit their FLL Team Resources Page
FLL Global Innovation Program
Does your team have a great idea for solving this year's challenge? Then you should be entering into the FLL Global Innovation Challenge! Teams take it to the next level as they think about making their invention a real world solution! Check out the Global Innovation website to learn how your team can be part of this amazing program.
Don't miss out by not knowing the Participation Rules!
FIRST is working hard to keep a level playing field for all the FIRST LEGO League teams out there (and there are 20,000 teams and over 160,000 youth this year! So make sure you take a few minutes and read over the Participation Rules at the FIRST link below.
T-shirt Judging Criteria
A lot of folks have asked how the t-shirts are judged and we've put together a one-page criteria sheet. But as with all art evaluations, there is much to be said about comparing Apples to Oranges.
2016 FLL Season Schedule
Consent and Release Form: Must be filled out by team members, coaches and mentors and brought to competitions.
Some useful YouTube videos about FIRST, the FIRST LEGO League, and some project presentations from teams like yours.
Animal Allies Challenge Guide
Take a look at the Challenge Guide to see if what you want to present for your project is going to be within the guidelines of the FIRST LEGO League Qualifications.
Core Values Poster
Your Core Values judging session will have the following format:
1. 5 minutes – Teamwork Activity: When your team enters the judging room, they will be given a short, fun activity while the Judges observe how the team works together.
2. 2 minutes (maximum) – Core Values Poster: (described below): Following the teamwork activity, your team will be given up to two (2) minutes to present and describe poster content. 3. 8 minutes – Questions and Answers: Time reserved for the Core Values Judges to ask questions about the Teamwork Activity, the Poster and the season.
Core Values Poster To help the Core Values Judges learn more about your team and its unique story, we are requiring every team to create a simple Core Values “tri-fold” or poster. The topics highlighted on the poster are typically the most challenging for Judges to explore during judging sessions. The poster is intended to help your team consider in advance how best to present its strengths so that the Judges can consider all teams equally and have the most information possible to provide meaningful feedback. Feel free to use creativity and originality!
Watch these YouTube videos from Maine Robotics to get a better feel for the FLL program here in Maine
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
The FIRST® LEGO® League is an international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) program based out of Manchester New Hampshire. In Maine, we run the FLL, coordinate with the many teams, and host the Maine FLL Championship. Each year the program hosts a new theme and missions for the robots to complete. For each different year you can click on the FIRST LEGO League tab above and select the different year's theme.
The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) held it's first competition in 1998. Maine has been competing
since the 2000 tournament when the challenge was Volcanic Panic. We were the 7th tournament in the World! Now there are hundreds.
The FLL is a program aimed at 9 to 14 year olds with an interest in science and technology. FIRST even means "For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" and was started by the famed U.S. inventor Dean Kamen.
For the 2014 season, over 26,000 teams from around the world participated in the WORLD CLASS season.
Teams have from 2 to 10 children on them and work throughout the season preparing for the tournaments. The best way to describe it is a cross between a robot track meet and a science fair. Teams build, test, and program robots made entirely from LEGOs to compete on a 4' x 8'
playing field that has missions devoted to the year's theme. The team also researches and gives a presentation on a topic within the theme for the year. Other areas the teams are evaluated on include team spirit, teamwork, programming, and design.
Teams are made up from in-school, after-school, homeschool, neighborhood, family, and community organization backgrounds. In other words, anyone with the equipment and the desire can form a team.
For more information:
The national FLL website is First Lego League
The US FIRST website is www.usfirst.org
The Maine Robotics websites for particular years:
2004 No Limits
2005 Ocean Odyssey
2006 Nano Quest
2007 Power Puzzle
2008 Climate Connection
2009 Smart Move
2010 Body Forward
2011 Food Factor
2012 Senior Solutions
2013 Nature's Fury
2014 World Class
2015 Trash Trek
2016 Animal Allies