FIRST LEGO League

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FIRST LEGO League2020-07-28T13:44:15-05:00

Project Description

INFORMATION

For more information or questions, please contact Jeremy Haugen at 605.336.3660 or jhaugen@embe.org.

EMBE AVERA DOWNTOWN

300 W. 11th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone: 605.336.3660
email: info@embe.org

Engaging Youth in STEM Exploration

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children ages 6-14 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experiences through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together.

Our two divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

Event registration opens Thursday, October 1, 2020.

FIRST LEGO League Divisions

In Explore, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design, and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0.

Friendly competition is at the heart of Challenge, as teams of students ages 9-14 engage in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering – building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game.

Additional information coming August 4, 2020

Click here to download the program brochure

Hands-on STEM learning in a fun camp setting!

Who doesn’t love LEGO?  Who doesn’t love Robots? FIRST LEGO League camps at EmBe teach 6 – 14 year-olds (ages vary by camp) STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills in a fun and hands-on camp setting. These camps are the perfect way for kids to start learning more about coding, program and robotics. From multiple day camps in the summer, to one-day camps on no-school days, camps build skills and confidence in kids!

FIRST LEGO League: Mini Robotics Camp
Ages 8-12

Have you ever wanted to learn how to build and program a Mindstorms® EV3 Robot?  This Mini Camp is for you!  During this camp you will build a LEGO® robot from scratch and learn how to program it to move.  Campers receive a mid-morning snack and camp T-Shirt.

Camp Date Options:

There are no dates currently scheduled. Look for dates spring and summer of 2021

Limit 10 campers

Cost:  $31.95 – tax included (Scholarships Available)

*** This camp is best suited for students who haven’t built or programmed a LEGO Mindstorms Robot before.

FIRST LEGO League: Challenge Camp

EmBe offers a 4 day summer camp experience to get kids excited about participating in the League! FIRST LEGO League: Challenge Camp is designed for Boys and Girls ages 9-13. During this camp you will learn the basics of building and programming a Mindstorms EV3 Robot. You will also work as part of a team to research a real world problem, create a solution and present your solution to the other campers. This camp will give you a jump start in getting ready for the next FIRST LEGO League: Challenge competition season!

This camp is held at the downtown EmBe location, from 8:30 am to 12 pm (Mon-Thurs).  Each camper received a mid-morning snack each day, and a camp T-Shirt.

Camp Date Options:

There are no dates currently scheduled. Look for dates summer of 2021

Cost:  $106.50 – tax included (Scholarships Available)

*** This camp is best suited for students who haven’t been a part of a FIRST LEGO League team before.

FIRST LEGO League: Advanced Camp

EmBe offers a 2 day summer camp experience to get kids excited about participating in the League! FIRST LEGO League: Advanced Camp is designed for Boys and Girls ages 9-13. During this camp you will expand your knowledge of building and programming Mindstorms EV3 Robots. Dig deep into Sensors. Learn about synchronized programming. Claim the MyBlock as your own!

You can bring your own laptop and robot, or use one of ours.

This camp is held at the downtown EmBe location, from 8:30 am to 12 pm both days.  Each camper received a mid-morning snack each day, and a camp T-Shirt.

Camp Date Options:

There are no dates currently scheduled. Look for dates spring and summer of 2021

Limit 16 campers

Cost:  $58.58 – tax included (Scholarships Available)

** This camp is best suited for those who have completed the FIRST LEGO League: Challenge Camp or have completed a year of FIRST LEGO League: Challenge.

FIRST LEGO League: Explore Camp

Build and program simple LEGO Robots!  This camp is designed for Boys and Girls ages 6-9. Fire up your imagination to solve problems. Explore Science and Engineering. Build and program motors and sensors using the LEGO WeDo2.0 set.

This camp is held at the downtown EmBe location, from 8:30 am to 12 pm (for two days).  Each camper receives a mid-morning snack each day, and a camp T-Shirt.

Camp Date Options:

There are no dates currently scheduled. Look for dates fall of 2020

Limit 10 campers each camp

Cost:  $58.58 – tax included (Scholarships Available)

** This camp is best suited for students who haven’t been a part of a FIRST LEGO League: Explore team before.

Virtual Scratch Programming Camp

Scratch is a visual, block-based programming language for kids. Students program games, tell stories and practice critical thinking as well as problem-solving. LEGO SPIKE Prime and LEGO EV3 Classroom is based on Scratch, so getting experience in the base form of the language is a great way to expand the capabilities of those on FIRST LEGO League teams. For children ages 8 – 13.

In this camp, we will introduce students new to Scratch as well as build skills for those students who have used Scratch before.  Classes consist of three, one-hour blocks of instruction and creative assignments. Those assignments should be posted to the class workspace before the next class.

Camp Date Options:

There are no dates currently scheduled. Look for dates spring and summer of 2021

Cost:   $15.98- tax included (Scholarships Available)

This class is held online through teleconferencing and a shared workspace.  Participants’ work will be visible to others in the class as well as the instructor. Students need access to a web-capable device. They need a device with a web camera and microphone in order to participate in the class.

FIRST LEGO League relies on volunteers to help run our tournaments. Door Keeper, Timer, Robot Game Assistant, Judges Assistant, Robot Game Referee and Project, Robot Design or Core Values Judge. Referees and judges require pre-tournament training.

Click here to learn more about volunteering.

FAQ’S REGARDING FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CHALLENGE SEASON

What happens at a competition?
A FIRST® LEGO® League competition is a high energy, exciting event. Teams will have three robot runs in a sports arena like atmosphere. During a 2.5 minute run, they will have their robot attempt as many missions as possible. They will also have three judged events. Presenting their research and innovative solution to project judges, explain their robot design to robot design judges and be judged on their team work by core values judges.

Approximate Cost for a First Year Team

  • EV3 Robot Set (reuseable each year, purchased through LEGO education) $420
  • National Team Registration and Challenge set (Paid to FIRST) $300
  • Regional Tournament Registration (Paid to EmBe) $65
  • State Championship Registration (Paid to EmBe) $150 – not all teams advance to the State Championship

How do I find/start a team?
EmBe does not create the teams, you do. Teams can be part of school groups, 4-H, community groups, neighborhood groups, church groups, or just a group of friends who want to experience the fun and excitement of FIRST LEGO League. If you are looking for a team, you can attend one of our information sessions and find like minded people.

What does the FIRST LEGO League Challenge season look like?

  • May – September, teams form, register and order their materials (robot and Challenge Set from FIRST)
  • August, The Challenge is released and teams begin to prepare for the qualifying competitions
  • October, Registration for Regional Qualifiers opens
  • December, Regional Qualifiers
  • Late January – February, State Championships

FAQ’S REGARDING FIRST LEGO LEAGUE EXPLORE SEASON

What happens at an festival?
A FIRST® LEGO® League Explore fesitval is a highly creative and exciting event. Teams will share what they have learned through the season by talking about their Show Me Poster and themed LEGO construction. Their audience is made up of parents, volunteers, FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams and other FIRST LEGO League Explore teams. Explore teams will visit with a Reviewer who will guide the team in talking about their project, their teamwork, and what they have learned. Reviewers will determine which award best matches the achievements of the team. Festivals are held alongside FIRST LEGO League Challenge competitions, so teams get to share in the fun and exciting atmosphere.

Approximate Cost for a First Year Team

  • We-Do 2.0 Robot Set (reuseable each year, purchased through LEGO education) $200
  • National Team Registration and Inspire Set (Paid to FIRST) $100
  • Expo Registration (Paid to EmBe) $25

How do I find/start a team?
EmBe does not create the teams, you do. Teams can be part of school groups, 4-H, community groups, neighborhood groups, church groups, or just a group of friends who want to experience the fun and excitement of FIRST LEGO League Explore. If you are looking for a team, you can attend one of our information sessions and find like minded people.

What does the FIRST LEGO League Explore season look like?

  • May – September, teams form, register and order their materials (robot and Inspire Set from FIRST)
  • August, The Challenge is released and teams begin to prepare for the qualifying competitions
  • October, Registration for Festivals opens
  • December, Festivals

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