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- Preparation (Coaches' Handbook, Education, Products, Table Constructions, Storage, Ask An Expert Webinars, Coach Calls, Fundraising, Brainstorming)
- Project (How-To videos, FLL Blog posts)
- Robot Game (Building, Programming, Materials in Support of the Classroom)
- Events (What to Bring)
- Engineering & Career Resources
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The Coaches’ Handbook is your guide to the whole FLL season. It provides information and guidance to make your first (and second, third, fourth…) season a success.
Choose the download that is right for your device: Coaches Handbook (PDF - for computer, Kindle, etc.) Coaches Handbook (ePub - for e-readers such as Android devices, iPad, Nook, etc.)Download FLL Challenge app (iTunes) Download FLL Challenge app (Google Play)
The app includes the Coaches' Handbook, the Challenge document, and the Updates document.
FIRST Educational Standards Alignment Report
Transforming Teaching: FIRST LEGO League as a Classroom Resource for 21st Century Learning
Transforming Teaching - FIRST LEGO League documentary, video series (supplement to the booklet)
Video tutorials on all the FLL products sold through the FLL team registration system (US/Canadian teams)
Official table building instructions
Looking for a lighweight, portable table option? FLL team, The Inventioneers, created the STOW-or-GO Practice Table
Storage During Competition
Helpful option for object storage during competition. Designed by team Brainstorm
Ask An Expert Webinars
Teams will have the chance to hear from subject matter experts in both the Challenge theme and taking products to market. Webinars will be scheduled in a variety of time zones to accommodate teams globally, and will be recorded for those who cannot attend to review later.
Coach Calls - from 2013 NATURE'S FURY season
- Project How To Video - Official video on how to tackle the FLL Project.
- FLL Blog Posts about the Project. By Official FLL Blog correspondent, Heidi Buck.
- ldraw.org - Open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes.
- brickplayer.com - Private, independent website featuring LEGO sculptures, mosaics, news, reviews, and building tips & tricks.
- brickjournal.com - BrickJournal is a magazine that spotlights the many aspects of the LEGO Community.
- brickshelf.com - Cool LEGO building stuff.
- peeron.com - More cool LEGO stuff, including a list of parts numbers and names; color chart, sets, building instructions
- classic-castle.com - For LEGO castle aficionados
- bricklink.com - Premium venue for individuals and businesses from all around the world to buy and sell new, used and vintage LEGO
- brothers-brick.com - The Brothers Brick is a LEGO blog for adult fans of LEGO
- lugnet.com - International LEGO Users Group Network, a global community of LEGO enthusiasts.
- Educational Robots for Absolute Beginners Designed for K-12 teachers, but free and open to all who are interested, this self-paced online course teaches the fundamentals of LEGO NXT-G robot programming and introduces LEGO NXT robots to teachers and prospective or beginning FLL coaches. No prior background in programming or robotics is necessary. Participants who complete a set of five robot programming projects can earn a certificate of completion.
- EV3 Programming Tutorial
- NXT Programming Tutorial - Downloadable, excellent introductory and advanced programming tutorials for NXT. Provides step-by-step guidance and explanations of the skills needed to create simple and more advanced NXT-G robot code.
- Fundamentals of NXT-G Programming - A free, self-paced introductory programming course designed to cover the fundamentals of NXT-G programming. Students have the ability to earn Badges to represent their accomplishments. There is also an optional cumulative exam that lets students earn an "NXT-G Programming Fundamentals" badge.
- NXT Programming for Beginners - courtesy of Neil Rosenberg, Excellent resource for all levels of NXT users.
- nxtprograms.com - Step-by-step instructions to build & program robots to do various simple tasks
- NXTLOG - from LEGO.com, Share and archive your LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT projects.
Materials in Support of the Classroom
- GEAR-Tech-21- Includes six to nine activity modules introducing robot design, building and programming for the LEGO NXT
- Carnegie Mellon- Comprehensive FIRST LEGO League robotics and engineering resources can be found at the Robotics Academy site. The Robotics Academy also offers free online training and access to free materials for students who are members of the Robotics Academy’s Computer Science Student Network ( CS2N). The online trainings cover everything that teams need to know to be successful at programming their FLL robots. The Robotics Academy also offers free training for TETRIX robots.
- NASA Educational Robotics Matrix This is a list of robotics and engineering educational materials, collected by NASA. Not all of the materials here apply to FIRST LEGO League.
- Tufts Center for Engineering Educational Outreach - Encyclopedia of LEGO part names and uses, building and programming hints, and physics concepts. Also, about 40 classroom activities and ideas using LEGO elements and ROBOLAB to help teach subjects, from science and engineering to reading and art, are available for download. Another database of activities is below under LEGO Invent & Investigate Database.
- Trifolioum Gears Lesson - A lesson plan about gear types and uses using LEGO gears to illustrate. Introduction to gears lesson.
- How Stuff Works - Explanations of how things work. It is not a curricula, and not specific to FIRST LEGO League, but has very good explanations of general engineering concepts. For example, How Gears Work, How Gear Ratios Work, and How Differentials Work.
What to Bring to an Event:
- Robot and attachments
- Parts kit
- Print out of programs and robot specification page
- Materials, props, and equipment needed for Project presentation
- Laptop computer with batteries and/or AC adaptor, extra batteries, extension cords
- Team scrapbook
- Team banner, posters, or other decorations for pit space
- Snacks and drinks
- Storage box for personal items
- USB cable or IR tower
- Team introduction page
- Fun, inexpensive gifts to share with other teams (pins, hats, personalized, team playing cards)
Team Profile Sheet
Some regions refer to these as Team Introduction, Team Profile or Team Information Pages; others prefer to use their own form. As each region determines if/how this form will be used (for example they may collect in advance via email or ask you to bring multiple copies to provide directly to the judges), please check with your local event organizer if you have any questions regarding plans for use in your area.
Engineering & Career Resources
Our forums are a place for the FLL Community to talk to each other – teams, coaches, volunteers, FIRST
LEGO League Partners, parents, whomever! This is NOT where official information is dispensed about the FLL program, but it’s a great way to find other teams or get some advice. Get started today!
Note: None of the websites listed above are affiliated with or sponsored by the LEGO Group.