FIRST LEGO League
FIRST® LEGO® League!
Many future careers are developing around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills and EmBe has been increasing its focus on STEM in many of our programs. That's why we are excited about one of our newest programs, FIRST® LEGO® League!
FIRST® LEGO® League is an international program formed by a partnership between FIRST®(FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY) and the LEGO® Group. The relationship between these two organizations has produced this powerful program for young people ages 9-14 that helps them discover the fun in science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge and valuable career and life skills.
So how can kids and adults be involved in FIRST® LEGO®League (FLL)? Kids participate in FLL as part of a team. A team is composed of 3-10 kids with at least two adult coaches. Teams can be formed within a pre-existing club or school or just be a group of friends who want to participate in this awesome activity. Coaches do not need any technical experience, just the ability to enjoy working with enthusiastic children.
In FIRST® LEGO® League, the kids do the work! The work is building and programming a LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to score points on a thematic playing surface and creating an innovative solution to a real life problem as part of a research project. Team members do these activities while being guided by the FLL Core Values. EmBe will support coaches throughout the season with e-mail updates and answers to their questions. Our coaches' corner website contains information and links to guide teams through out the season. Registration for teams opens in May and the yearly challenge will be released by FIRST® in late August. The Challenge has three elements – the Robot Game, Project and FLL Core Values. The South Dakota season will culminate in qualifying competitions in Rapid City and Sioux Falls during December and a State Championship in late January. Adults can also help with FLL by volunteering at the competitions or as team mentors.
You can learn more about the FIRST® LEGO® League program at http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll . For South Dakota questions, please contact Amy Engebretson at firstname.lastname@example.org or EmBe's Girls and Youth Director Stacy Stahl at email@example.com.