2018-2019 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) 2018-2019 Into Orbit season.  Over the next few months, we are going to learn all about Space Travel – You have to Identity physical or social problems faced by humans during long-duration space exploration within the sun solar system and propose a solution. 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 2018-2019 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 you 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 you are ready to register for a WV Qualifier, we have the dates and locations set!  Registered teams will be sent the event selection form automatically.

WV Qualifiers are $50.00/team

  • November 3, 2018: RCBI (Bridgeport 1), RCB NAEC(Bridgeport 2) Shepherd University (Shepherdstown), NewRiver CTC (Lewisburg)
  • November 10, 2018: WVU-P(Parkersburg), WVSDB(Romney), BridgeValley CTC(S.Charleston)
  • November 17, 2018: MARS/WVU( Morgantown), RCBI(Huntington), James Rumsey (Martinsburg)

WV State Championships

  • December 1, 2018: FLL at Fairmont State University ( Fairmont)

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 1, 2018, 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 2019.  Good Luck Teams!!!

FOR MORE ABOUT UPDATES ON FLL AND LEGO EDUCATION

If you are interested in starting an FLL team and/or integrating NXT or EV3 into your classroom and would like training, please contact rutzman@firstinspires.org, 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, we 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 lend a helping 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.