MULLAN ROAD LEGO ROBOTICS – FALL 2019
When you see the phrase, “Lego Robotics”, you must assume you get to spend time after school building, programming and playing with robots! But it is so much cooler and much more fun than just that!
The international robotics program (FIRST Lego League) helps students learn technical skills in math, science, and computer programming as they solve real world problems. Student teams of up to 10 members in grades 4-8 learn how to build and program their robot to navigate a set of challenges and earn competition points. They also learn how to cooperatively do a research project to develop a solution based on a theme. This year the theme is CITY SHAPER!
In addition to the many technical skills stressed in First Lego League, students develop their ability to work in teams, show sportsmanship, communicate clearly, and overcome challenges. This side of the competition is present in FLL’s core values:
- 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!
Team members will:
- Research topics to solve real world problems
- Develop and participate in a presentation to explain their solution (including speaking to professionals, developing a prototype of their solution if applicable)
- Design a robot
- Strategically plan how to complete missions and learn to code the robots to complete the missions
- Be supportive of each other, valuing everyone’s ideas, input, using patience and problem solving skills.
Is Lego Robotics right for me?
- I can work independently.
- I can work with a team, listening to the ideas of others and making sure all teammates are included and treated with respect.
- I understand that I am expected to attend all practices, FLL sponsored community events and the FLL Lego Robotics Competition.
- I understand that all team members must be willing and able to speak in front of the judges and to answer any questions the judges ask me.
- There is a research project I will work on with my teammates.
- There is a “problem” I will need to brainstorm solutions to with my teammates and help create/explain a prototype.
- I will work with my teammates to build attachments for our robot and help program the robot to complete our tasks.
- I understand that we may not be doing robotics every day as there are many parts and elements to the competition that we need to complete.
*There will be a FLL Gracious Professionalism Extravaganza in November @ West Valley High School (Date TBA)! We will have more info about this event at a later date. The teams will learn about the Core Values and have an opportunity to share their work so far and help other teams!
*Competition will be December 7th or 8th @ Salk Middle School (I try to request Saturday, but it’s possible we would compete on Sunday – we are notified in late November which day we will be competing on). If you are part of the team, it is expected you will be able to attend.
If your child is interested, please complete the Family ID application. Students must briefly write about why they want to be part of LEGO Robotics and how they have demonstrated the Core Values listed above and return their response to the school office. Questions are in noted in the application below and also available in the office. (APPLY THROUGH FAMILY ID BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th – no applications will be considered after this date.)
*Last year we had an amazing number of applications returned! To be fair to everyone, we will be doing a lottery for their positions. Applications will only be entered into the lottery if the application is complete.
NOTE: We are starting this earlier than last year, so if your child plans to participate in Cross Country, as well, that will be fine. Just indicate such on the application.
Mullan Road Robotics Coaches
LEGO ROBOTICS FALL 2019 PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Tuesdays and Thursdays - September 24 - October 10
Tuesdays and Wednesdays - October 15th - October 23
Tuesday and Thursday - October 29 and Oct 31
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - November 5 - December 5th (no practice on Thanksgiving
3pm – 4:15pm (Students riding activity bus will be released at 4pm) –
Children MUST be picked up promptly at 4:15pm.
Tentatively, we will meet in the library. However, there may be use of room 219
when there are staff needs in the library.
COMPETITION IS December 7th or 8th – We are notified in November
End of season celebration the Tuesday following competition