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Junior FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge

GEAR-Tech-21 and FIRST LEGO League can go together in many ways. Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) is a program for K-3 grade students and is a wonderful introduction to robotics. In Jr. FLL students will get to explore the world of legos and begin working with a working part. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is the FIRST robotics program for 3-7th graders (maxium age is 14) and shows youth how science is fun and can be applied to real life solutions. FLL teams may use the GEAR-Tech-21 curriculum activities to prepare for the season. GEAR-Tech-21 clubs can participate in the FLL for as an outlet to show off their robotics knowlege and compete against other teams. Our final program is FIRST Tech Challenge for 7th-12 grade students who have graduated out of FLL and want to continue their work with robotics.

 

What is Jr.FLL?

Junior FIRST LEGO League introduces elementary students to real-world engineering challenges by "Think About It," "Learn About It," "Build It," "Show It," and "Share It" activities.  Children are given a challenge and complete several tasks to accomplish it, with their experience culminating in sharing all that they have learned with others.  Teams may purchase an official Jr.FLL Base Kit when they register a team, or they may use any LEGO elements that they currently have.  The only restriction is that they must use a LEGO XL base plate (which comes with the Jr.FLL Base Kit).  Jr.FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

Elementary students get to:

  • "Think About It" by exploring  the challenge from different angles
  • "Learn About It" through research to discover what exists and what the future holds
  • "Build It" by solving a current or future problem and building a prototype machine with at least one moving part from LEGO elements
  • "Show It"  with making a poster explaining what they learned, how they learned it, and explain their LEGO model
  • "Share It" at an organized event with reviewers and others who ask the children about what they learned and to explain what they built

What Jr. FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Now is a great time to start a Jr. FLL team!  Please contact Brandy Wagner at bwagner5@unl.edu for more information.

What is FLL?

Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

Elementary and middle-school students get to:

  • Design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

Now is a great time to start a FLL team! Contact Bailey Lindgren at blindgren@usfirst.org or Kate Pittack kpittack2@unl.edu for information!

Learn about the FLL Core Values and impact of FLL on the FIRST website.

What is FTC?

FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

  • Design, build, and program robots
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments

What is FTC? via Youtube

Start an FTC team

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