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FIRST Lego League at The Works

For the second year, The Works will be fielding FIRST LEGO Robotics Teams. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a world-wide program designed for grades 4 - 8 focusing on three aspects of engineering – robot design, project research, and teamwork.  Team Members will be introduced to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. 

The Works offers both robotics competition team and robotics camp experiences.


The Robotics Teams at The Works will consist of seven team members and one-two Coaches.

Team Members should have an interest in computers, robots, and cool technology. The LEGO® Mindstorms platform will be used to design, build, and program a LEGO® EV3 robot working as a team to explore and try new ideas. Coaches will encourage teamwork, creative thinking and problem solving.

FIRST® Lego® League – The Challenge

The Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. This year's Challenge will be announced at the FLL Kick-Off event on Saturday, August 29.

Robot Game
In the Robot Game, the kids build and program an autonomous (no remote control) LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to score points by performing mission tasks.  These missions will be inspired by the Challenge theme.  Missions require the robot to navigate, capture, transport, or deliver objects on a printed mat (the Field).  The robot has 2 ½ minutes to complete as many missions as possible.

Through the Project, teams learn more about the science behind the Challenge theme. The kids use their creativity to design a solution (or modify an existing solution) to solve a real-world problem.

Core Values
While FLL teams work on the Robot Game and the Project each year, they are guided by the FLL Core Values. The Core Values are part of what makes FLL so special, because kids compete like crazy against the game but still respect their teammates, coaches, and even their “competitors.” Don’t forget, our last (and maybe most important) Core Value is “We have FUN!”

Ages9 - 13

Cost - members & non-members: - $125/student

Days of the week:  Teams typically meet Tuesday, Thursday and some Saturdays.


FLL 2015 Team Form - download here
FLL 2015 Team Member Contract - download here


Important Dates:

July 28 - Registration Opens
Placements are handled on a first come first served basis.
Rosters will be announced on September 1.

Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m. - Noon - FIRST® Lego® League Kick-Off Event - FREE
The 2015 World Class Challenge will be announced to teams, coaches, and parents.
Guest Speaker: Lindsey Grimm, Director Licking County Recycling
Hosted by: FTC Team HatTrix and Jeff & Nancy Richards, Central Ohio Tournament Partners.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the upcoming FLL Season, see the missions on a table, talk to other FLL teams and maybe discover a project idea!

Saturday, August 29, 1 - 3 p.m. - Adult and Team Member Meeting
Adults to meet, review commitments to FLL team, prepare meeting schedules as possible and team members can interact and visit meeting space.

Thursday, September 3, Don't Fear the Robot,Coach/Parent Class 6 - 8 p.m.
Also meets September September 17

Friday, September 4, Meet Your Team, 4 - 6 p.m. at The Works
Players will meet coaches, other team members and talk about how practices will run.

Saturday, October 17 & 31, Robotics Mentor Day, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Seasoned FIRST team members and coaches will be on hand to answer all of your robot questions.

Saturday, December 5, FLL Project Showcase, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Get experience and feedback in presenting your FLL research project before the regional competition.

September – October

Team Meetings
Teams will meet weekly to practice according to the set schedules. We recommend a set day of the week. If team members are unable to attend the meeting please share work they could assist with from home.

Teams may choose to meet twice a week. Coaches will control meeting schedules. The Works' Robotics Room will be available as scheduled through the Google Calendar. Meetings may be held off site and that is encouraged.


FIRST® Lego® League Practice Tournament, Date TBD
Put your team’s programming skills and robots to the test in preparation for December’s Regional Tournament.

November – December

Team Meetings
Additional meetings may be added as your team gears up for Regionals.


Regional Tournament
All teams must compete at a Regional Tournament. It is our hope that all teams will get into the FIRST® Lego® League Regional Tournament on Saturday, December 19, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., held at the John Gilbert Reese Center located on the campus of Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark. If this is not possible the date of the Regional Tournament will be provided as soon as possible.


District Competitions - Exemplary teams move onto Districts.


State Tournament - The best 36 teams in the State qualify for State Tournament.

For more information on FIRST LEGO® League, please go to http://www.usfirst.org 

Learn more about STEM initiatives at The Works.

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