2017-2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Season

On your mark, get set, flow!  Let’s talk about the FIRST LEGO League  (ages 9-14 or grades 4-8) 2017-2018 HYDRO DYANMICS season.  Over the next few months we are going to learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. If you have not heard of FIRST Robotics before, please check out the progression of robotics FIRST has to offer from K-12th grade,http://www.firstinspires.org/.

REGISTRATION TO BE AN OFFICIAL FIRST LEGO TEAM

Team Registration is OPEN!  You can go to REGISTRATION LINK to officially register as a FIRST LEGO League team, making your team part of an international robotics sensation which spans across 88 countries.  The 2017-2018 season registration is $225.00.  The game mat is an additional $75.00

THE ROBOT

The robot required for the FIRST LEGO League tournaments is a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot set, which can include the “old school” LEGO RCX, second generation LEGO NXT, or the newest generation LEGO EV3.   The EV3 is  the most up-to-date LEGO robot and is currently the only robot sold through LEGO Education.   The software package is available for FREE on laptops (Windows 7, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Mac OS), Windows 10 touch devices, iPads, Android Tablets, and Google Chrome Tablets.   Check out LEGO Education Downloads and your App stores for the Full Version Download.  An excellent contact for LEGO Education if are interested in the LEGO EV3 or have questions is Erin Sowa, erin.sowa@LEGO.com.

WEST VIRGINIA QUALIFIERS and DATES!!!!

If you are officially registered as a FIRST LEGO League team and your ready to register for a WV Qualifier, I have the dates and locations already set!  Go to the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE QUALIFIERS or copy and paste the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/xQaDW9piJNp7mosO2

WV Qualifiers are $50.00/team

  • November 4, 2017:  Challenger Learning Center, Wheeling; West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Romney; James Rumsey Technical Institute, Martinsburg
  • November 11, 2017:  WVU-P, Parkersburg; BridgeValley ATC, S. Charleston; RCBI, Huntington; Shepherd University, Shepherdstown
  • November 18, 2017:  New River CTC, Lewisburg; MARS/WVU, Morgantown; RCBI, Bridgeport; Bluefield State College, Bluefield

WEST VIRGINIA STATE TOURNAMENT 

48 teams will pass on from the WV Qualifying Tournaments and will be competing in the WV FIRST LEGO League State Tournament on December 2, 2017 at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV.  The tournament champion will be invited to compete at the FIRST World Festival in Detroit, MI in April 2018.  Good Luck Teams!!!

FOR MORE ABOUT UPDATES ON FLL AND LEGO EDUCATION

If you are interested in starting a FLL team and/or integrating NXT or EV3 into your classroom and would like training, please contact me, jaime.l.ford@nasa.gov, and we will collaborate to make sure it happens.  You can also check out WVRoboticsAlliance.org, which has information on all of our robotics platforms.

TO BE ANNOUNCED

  • Coach Trainings.  Hopefully, I will have more on locations and dates for coach trainings soon.
  • WV Global Innovation Faire… stay tuned…

Some things to remember…..

Gracious Professionalism® means teams compete against challenges but appreciate and treat each other with respect. Gracious professionals lenda helpi ng hand to an opponent when needed because they want everyone to have a chance to compete. Even when a team wins the competition, they avoid treating anyone like losers.

Coopertition® combines the concepts of cooperation and competition. Coopertition is founded on the philosophy that teams can (and should!) cooperate with each other even as they compete. Once you have mastered a skill, you teach it to someone else so that everyone can do better next time. You still do your best to win, just not at the other team’s expense.