FIRST LEGO League
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) serves elementary and middle school aged children and in Florida is run through Florida Robotics Education, Inc. (FREdi) , 100% volunteer run a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to:
- To provide activities to improve education through the use of robotics and technology.
- To encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math by engaging them in robotics activities
- To conduct robotic and other science related activities for educators and students in the state of Florida, including but not limited to competitions and training
- To award scholarships to outstanding Florida students who have been active in robotics and pursuing a technology degree.
FLL started in Florida in 2001 with 40 teams, and a State tournament in Cocoa Beach. By 2012, there were over 500 teams statewide. From the single state tournament, FLL in Florida now hosts 40 qualifying tournaments, and five regional tournaments, from which winners proceed to the FLL State Championship.
FIRST LEGO League is entirely volunteer run. Qualifying and Regional Tournaments are hosted by FLL teams, FTC or FRC teams.
Check out the 2012-13 season challenge, Senior Solutions!
Jr. FIRST LEGO League
Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9, JuniorFIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) is a hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. FIRSTs newest program, Jr. FLL came to Florida about three years ago and now boasts over 100 teams.
Just like FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®), this program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the Jr.FLL Core Values, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.
The Jr. FLL Challenge has a different theme each year, usually related to the FIRST LEGO League challenge (this year it will be Super Seniors) with two defined parts – the Show-Me Poster and the Model. The Show-Me Poster requires teams to illustrate their research and team journey. It provides an opportunity for them to share what they studied, what they learned, and to show information about the team and each team member.
The Model gets teams moving! Teams build a representation of what they are researching, based off the Challenge, and incorporate simple machines and movement into their creation. More information is at the Jr. FLL Challenge page, and information specific to this year’s challenge will be released later this summer.
Jr. FLL is informally managed by volunteers throughout the state, and as able by Florida Robotics Education.