FIRST LEGO LeagueTomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork
E-Bots & FLL
Our experience with FLL has been a very rewarding one! Since starting in 2008, we have approximately 35+ teams.
We approach each year with the attitude that the children “put their best foot forward”, believing that if the passion and determination is there, they will be find their reward. It would be a long list if we were to tell you all the skills a child will have an opportunity to learn or improve in an FLL experience!
From the Canadian FLL Website
Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League* teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8**) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
Typically our teams meet once a week for 4hrs. Usually we have 10 weeks before a regional event. That means our teams only have 40hrs to prepare before their first compeition.
In their ten weeks of work the students will work on a real world “problem”. They will speak to experts, research and ultimately create and design a unique solution.
The robot portion of a FLL Challenge accounts for 1/3 of the overall team mark. The students get 2.5 mins to run their robot on FLL challenge mat as well as prepare a 4min presenation to the judges.
The goal of any of our FLL Team is to finish the season with a sense of accomplishment. However, we like to think every student that joins us for FLL ends obtaining a whole lot more.
Our Kids are…
We started with 11 children in 2008, went to 17 in 2009 and grew to 28 in 2010 and haven’t stopped yet!
We’ve also been fortunate to travel to 8 World Events, winning WORLD FESTIVAL in 2010/11.
We are seven times Ontario West Provincial Champions and nine times Halton Regional Grand Champions.
When our FLL Students grow to old to continue with FLL we can’t seem to shake them. Many of our students return to volunteer their time with future FLL teams. Some even become teachers of our WeeBots program and E-Bots programs.
They become mentors and leaders of their school robotics teams volunteering countless hours to bring STEM to new students .
Many of our students have gone off to continue their eduations in engineering, programming and robotics. Two of our female students; Amanda Rampertab & Ella Rasmussen were consecutive winners of the Schulick Business Scholarships. They’d be the first to tell you; participating in FLL can have lasting effects on your child’s future.
To Be Considered…
In order to be considered for an FLL Team a student must have completed FIRST Lego League Prep Class (offered in the summer) & Level 3 – FLL Programming. Please be aware that not all children who have fufilled these requirements will be guaranteed a spot on a team. Due to the number of students we see annual most children will have already been approached for team spots by the time “info nights” roll around.
We look for children who are committed to the FLL experience, children who will find growth, satisfaction and reward. Kid’s must be self motivated, work well with others, respectful and willing to take direction. We definitely do not need them to be the smartest kid in the class.
E-Bots runs information nights in late July/early August for parents and children to come in and see past research projects, meet previous team members and parents and listen to John, Pam & Stephanie talk about the FLL experience and answer questions. This is a great opportunity to really understand what FLL is and what it involves.