I'm New... Where Do I Start?
First, take a deep breath. You're in the right place.
firstlegoleague.org has a wealth of information for new parents. You just need to know where to look.
Here's where you can start:
Sign up for the FLL Parent Page, if you haven't already
FLL Headquarters will send you updates on the the FLL program, keep you informed on important dates and events, and provide an online repository of things we think parents would be most interested in.
Connect with the coach
If you are not your child's coach (if you are, the article FLL Basics is a must-read) take time to get to know what their expectations are for the season. Being on the same page with the coach will help you better prepare your child for each meeting and know what to expect at your tournament.
An additional helpful hint is to direct the coach to all the great resources on the Team Resources page. Or comb through it yourself! The coach will have a lot to do during the season, and having another adult aware where programming, building, and preparation resources are will be very helpful to them.
Volunteer with the team
Most parents are not going to be able to help out with the robot portion without a little practice first. Sit in on a meeting or two to determine where your talents could best be used. Are you artistically inclined? Perhaps help with the t-shirt design or provide guidance on a team logo. Are you detail-oriented, maybe a type A personality? Consider giving constructive feedback on the team's presentation. Use the rubrics that the team would be judged against in a real tournament.
Keep informed through social media
FIRST LEGO League has an active Twitter account, blog, and YouTube channel. If you're part of these networks make sure you follow/subscribe. We have an an incredible community utilizing these tools and they often give great advice.
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