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Light-weight portable table option created by FLL Inventioneers: STOW-or-GO Practice Table
Project How To Video – Official video on how to tackle the FLL project
FLL blog posts about the project by Heidi Buck, official FLL blog correspondent
Ldraw.com Open standard for LEGO CAD programs that allow the user to create virtual LEGO models and scenes.
Brickplayer.com private independent site featuring LEGO sculptures, mosaics, news, reviews, and building tips & tricks.
Brickjournal.com magazine highlighting many aspects of the LEGO community
Peeron.com more cool LEGO stuff including a list of part numbers and names, color chart, sets, building instructions.
Bricklink.com premium venue for individuals and businesses around the world to buy and sell new, used, and vintage LEGOS.
Lugnet.com International LEGO Users Group Network, a global community of LEGO enthusiasts
EV3Lessons.com – Hands down the best Ev3 programming site around. Started and managed by Pittsburgh’s own, Droid Robotics, this site is full of lessons and resources that can help every FLL team from beginner to advanced. Really fantastic.
Educational Robots for Absolute Beginners NEW! Designed for K-12 teachers, but free and open to all who are interested, this self-paced online course teaches the fundamentals of LEGO NXT-G robot programming and introduces LEGO NXT robots to teachers and prospective or beginning FLL coaches. No prior background in programming or robotics is necessary. Participants who complete a set of 5 robot programming products can earn a certificate of completion.
GEAR-Tech-21 includes six to nine activity modules introducing design, building, and programming for the LEGO NXT
Carnegie Mellon comprehensive FIRST LEGO League robotics and engineering resources can be found at the Robotics Academy site. Also offers free online training and access to free materials for students who are members of the Robotics Academy’s Computer Science Student Network (CS2N). Online training covers everything teams need to know to be successful at programming their FLL robots. The Robotics Academy also offers free training for TETRIX robots.
NASA Educational Robotics Matrix list of robotics and engineering educational materials. Not all materials here apply to FIRST LEGO League.
Tufts Center for Engineering Educational Outreach encyclopedia of LEGO part names and uses, building and programming hints, and physics concepts. Also ~40 classroom activities and ideas using LEGO elements and ROBOLAB to help teach subjects from science and engineering to reading and art are available to download. Additional activities can be found under LEGO Invent & Investigate Database.
Trifolioum Gears Lesson lesson plan using LEGO gears to teach about gear types and uses.
What to Bring to an Event:
- Robot and attachments
- Signed consent and release forms
- Parts kit
- Print-out of programs and robot specifications page
- Materials, props, equipment needed for Project presentation.
- Laptop computer with batteries and/or AC adapter, extra batteries, extension cords
- Team scrapbook
- Team banner, posters, or other decorations for pit space
- Snacks and drinks
- Storage box for personal items
- USB table or IR tower
- Team information page
- Fun, inexpensive gifts to share with other teams (pins, hats, personalized team playing cards)
Engineering & Career Resources
kids.gov – lots of links with career information for children
engineergirl.org – created by the National Academy of Engineering
asce.org/kids – American Society of Civil Engineering kids’ pages
tomorrowsengineers.org.uk – resources and information about careers available in engineering
A place for FLL community members to talk to one another – teams, coaches, volunteers, FIRST LEGO League partners, parents, whomever! NOT where official information is dispensed about the FLL program, but a great way to find other teams or get some advice. Get started today!