Every fall, BrainStorm participates in the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition. FIRST LEGO League is an international program that introduces children to solving real-world problems by applying STEM knowledge. Guided by BrainStorm Robotics Instructors, our FLL participants solve real-world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and learn to make positive contributions to society.
Every year, a new challenge is unveiled to FLL teams across the world, requiring teams to strategize, design, build, program, test, and refine a fully autonomous robot capable of completing the various missions of the FLL International “Robot Game” using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology.
In the 2015 FIRST LEGO League Trash Trek Challenge, more than 233,000 children aged 9 to 14 from over 80 countries explored the fascinating world of trash. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye. Our FIRST LEGO League teams set out on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash! Our teams last year designed a battery sorter, edible (and waste-free) utensils, and even walked away with the prestigious Judge’s Award. We can’t wait for the 2016 season!
Throughout the month of August, we will have “Introduction to FIRST LEGO League” 2-day camps on Saturdays and Sundays. If you have students aged 9 – 14 interested in joining our FIRST LEGO League Robotics Teams, this is a great way prepare for the upcoming season.
Tryouts for the BrainStorm FLL Robotics Team are typically at the end of August (four opportunities that morning to tryout: 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 — sign up on our website, no charge). Make sure your child is ready to bring their A-game and make the team by signing them up for the introductory class! Tryouts are free and participation in the intro class is NOT mandatory – anyone is welcome to tryout, regardless of experience level (or lack thereof). We encourage all kids interested in robotics to tryout. Again: experience is not necessary.
Participation fees are required per student and are only collected AFTER we have designated teams. This covers the robotics equipment, instructors, all practice times, team t-shirts, FLL registration, and all other participation fees that we must pay to FLL to compete. Due to the technical nature of this program, no discounts are available.
Teams meet once a week starting September 17th. Teams meet either Saturdays or Sundays from either 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm. If we are successful in November at the FIRST LEGO League competition, there may be an opportunity to renew for the next series of competitions. We’ve won over 30 FLL & FTC awards in the past four years and look forward to leading the competition again this year!
Got an eighth-grader with a bright mind, solid focus, and enthusiasm for robotics? Consider FIRST Tech Challenge instead. Students thirteen and older are better suited for FIRST Tech Challenge.
We look forward to another exciting season of robotics!