First LEGO League (FLL) Season is upon us!!!!
Sorry I have not been blogging lately…between family stuff to attend to and getting ready for the AFOL Con BrickFair in Chantilly, VA (more to come on that in a later post…still need to sift through my pictures 🙂 )…things have been a bit crazy at the BrickEngraver household. But now I’m back (and getting ready for BrickCon in Seattle at the end of September!). As the LEGO Convention season begins to wind down (slightly)…First LEGO League season is kicking up with a fervor!
First LEGO League (FLL) is a great program that I love to have the opportunity to add some fun LEGO personalization for various teams across the country. For those of you don’t know what FLL is…I’ll give you a quick overview. It is a partnership developed between FIRST and TLG to inspire science and technology learning in the school system. Jr. FLL is for grades K-3 and FLL is for grades 4-8. Besides FLL, FIRST also sponsors FIRST Tech Competition (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for grades 9-12. We’ve had the privelege of doing work for teams for Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC.
In FLL, every year is presented with an overall “Challenge” which is based on a real-world scientific topic. It could be anything from nanotechnology to climate to transportation. This year it is “Food Factor” where the teams will explore food safety and how to prevent food contamination . Each team designs a robot out of LEGO NXT Mindstorms and competes in both a “Robot Game” and a “Project.” The Robot Game is where the team’s robot will have to navigate a series of challenge-related obstacles in a “competition playing field.” The Project is where the team identifies a problem connected to the challenge and uses robotics to come up with a solution. FTC and FRC are also Robotics-based challenges but don’t neccessarily employ LEGO parts and are geared towards high-school students. Overall it is a very cool program and one that gets kids involved and excited about science. They come up with some really awesome creations as well.
Below are some pictures of engraved and printed badges, trophies, swag, etc. for FLL teams and FLL events. Enjoy!