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Scroll Down for Page ContentResources for the FLL 2009-10 Challenge:
Smart Move: Transforming Transportation

CLICK HERE FOR THE RESOURCES FOR THIS YEAR.

Jonathan's shirt says it all, "Stand Back: I'm going to try Science" which is what FLL is all about!

On this page:
* A Practice Scoring Sheet
* All the Rules and Guidelines in One, Handy Document
* Mission Videos in WMV
* Table Elements Instructions Reformatted
* Smart Move graphics
* Worksheet for the "Smart Move" Challenge Table
* 11x17 Field Worksheet for Strategy
* A Worksheet for the Challenge Elements
* A Strategy Worksheet for the Challenge Pieces
* What is a Team Info Sheet?
* Cool LEGO Ruler With Stud Counters
* Step-By-Step Programming Worksheet
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Previous Year's Resources:
Smart Move
Climate Connections
Power Puzzle
NanoQuest

Body Forward
Food Factor


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Previous Year's Resources:
Previous Year's Resources:
Smart Move
Climate Connections
Power Puzzle
NanoQuest

Body Forward
Food Factor
 

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A Note about Printing Elements at Fedex/Kinkos or Similar Stores: Some stores have refused to print our documents based on corporate copyright policy. However, the documents below do not fall under the policy. Got to the FLL Legal Notices Page (http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/legal-notices ) and print out the PDF Titled: "Policy on the Use of FIRST Trademarks and Copyrighted Materials." See section II points 1 and 2

II. WHO May Use These Trademarks and Copyrighted Materials

[...]

1. Currently registered FIRST teams and FIRST participants may use the FIRST and the Joint FIRST and LEGO Trademarks (word marks and logos), and the LEGO word marks, in a way that relates to their FIRST team names and activities (e.g. the “FRC® Wonderbots” or the “FLL® Rocket Kids.” They do not have to obtain advance permission, use Disclaimers, or provide advance notice to FIRST.

2. Registered FIRST teams or FIRST participants (i.e., non-profit entities) may use the FIRST and the Joint FIRST and LEGO Trademarks (word marks, not the logos) and the LEGO word marks, and Copyrighted Material to conduct activities related to a FIRST program (e.g., an FRC team teaching skills to an FLL or Jr.FLL team) as long as they use the revenue to underwrite their cost of participation in FIRST programs and use the Disclaimers. They do not have to obtain advance permission or provide advance notice to FIRST, but as noted, they are not permitted to use the logos.


A Note about Acrobat Files for MAC/LINUX Users: The  files below are in Acrobat 8 format for high quality reproduction. If you are on an older Mac or Linux system you may have problems opening them. Sometimes the MAC native PDF viewer does not show complex PDFs correctly. You should install the actual ACROBAT READER to view them. You can download the latest Acrobat Reader from Adobe at http://www.adobe.comHowever, Acrobat Reader 8&9 is not available for all platforms.

A Practice Scoring Sheet for Strategic Purposes  UPDATED Sept 8, 2009!

It is essential that you start early in your work to try timed and scored runs. Even if you only have a few missions done you should still practice them. You have 150 seconds to complete the missions and work towards the gold standard of 400 points.

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Alternate Scoring Sheets are Available from TapPoint

Corrected 9/10 with suggestions from Doede ten Cate (Netherlands FLL/FTC) and Joshua Heinzl of the New England Robotics Designers.

International Versions are Coming Online
Want to translate this? Looking for , French, Japanese, and others. Please contact me at marco@techbrick.com

Dutch Version courtesy of Doede ten Cate of Netherlands FLL/FTC
Click here for the Dutch Version
German Version courtesy of Holger Mairon
Click here for the German Version
Spanish Version courtesy of Francisco Rodríguez Sevilla
Click here for the Spanish Version

Chinese Traditional (click here)
Courtesy of the Landroids (visit site)

Chinese Simplified (click here)
Courtesy of the Landroids (visit site) 

Thai Version (click here)
Courtesy of Livingston Robotics Club (visit site)
FLL Thailand (visit site)
Afrikaans Version (click here)
Courtesy of Ina Stapelberg
SAP NXTreme sponsored by SAP South Africa

Missions Rules Condensed to Two Pages for Tournament Programs

As the FLL tournament season begins, many of you will create a program for your audience.  Jeff Tjiputra, FLL/FTC sponsor for The College of Southern Maryland, asked us to condense the FLL Game into two pages for use in their program. So here they are for your use as well.

The zip file below contains two MS Word documents (.doc). One is sized 8.5x11 (US Letter) the other 5.5x8.5 (US Bulletin). They include 1 sample image from each challenge, the description, and include the challenge images, FLL, and FIRST logos and our field image. Modify them as you wish.

EXAMPLE OF RULES CONDENSED
  
EXAMPLE OF MISSIONS WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

Mission Path Robot Speed Spreadsheet

This year our 'Senior Team’ (FLL Team 1), which includes our older FLL students and some younger ones in their 5th year of FLL, is taking a different approach.

We are teaching them to do true product development by describing the challenge in detail BEFORE they pick up one brick.

One of the tasks as do a real calculation of the speed the robot must achieve to make it through all the missions. So Nathan W developed this spread sheet to make sure the robot can complete the missions.

We've left some sample data in the sheet so you can see how it works.

Begin by measuring the distance your robot must travel to complete all its missions.

Then enter any stop times (in seconds) that represent the time you take to do a particular task.

What you have left is the time your robot can drive. Divide into distance and you your IPS/CPS measurement.

We will leave the calculations of IPS/CPS to you and of course the test of whether your robot can maneuver at that speed.

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All the Rules and Guidelines in One, Handy Document

We've compiled all the various documents for the challenge into one nicely formatted document of  26 pages.

THIS IS ESSENTIAL INFORMATION AND SHOULD BE READ AND RE-READ BY EVERY MENTOR AND TEAM MEMBER. YOUR SUCCESS IS ALMOST ENTIRELY DEPENDENT ON YOUR COMPREHENSION OF THIS INFORMATION.

CONTENTS

  • Robot Game Definitions and Rules

    • Background Rules and Concepts

    • Match Procedures

      • Pre-Match Preparation

      • Pre-Match Specifics

      • Match Start

      • Match Scoring

      • After The Match

    • Questions and Communications

  • Robot Game Missions

    • 2008-09 FLL Mission Details

    • Mission Scoring Diagrams

  • Field Setup and Mission Models

    • Field Mat Placement

    • Using Dual Lock

    • Model Details

    • Field Maintenance

  • Building the Table

    • Materials

    • Parts

    • Assembly

  • Research Project

    • Introduction

    • The Project: Research, Create, Share

    • The Project Resources

 

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Table Elements Instructions Reformatted for Double-Sided Printing (145 pages)

  • We combined all the challenges into one document
  • We added running headers/footers noting to which elements the pages belong.
  • It is paginated for double-sided printing (all documents start on right-hand pages).

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Smart Move Images For Your Own Worksheets, Posters, and Clothing

We extracted the table element images from the PDFs in various formats.

  • JPG and PNG files below contain a high and low res version.
  • All graphics are RGB format and compatible with Word, PPT, and Web applications.
  • JPG have white backgrounds.
  • PNGs have a transparent background.
  • The Logo zip has a high-res JPG and PNG of the Smart Move Logo

Send us back sample of your creative work and we may post them.

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Worksheet for the "Smart Move" Challenge Table
NOW WITH THREE PAGES INCLUDING BASE MAT, MAT WITH FIXED POSITION ITEMS, AND MAT SCREENED BACK TO 70%.

(updated with sharper mat image 7/23/2009)
(updated with three pages including fixed item positions and proper position of southeast loop marker  9/16/2009)

Use these to plan your missions and programming.

  • Scaled 1" to 1' or Metric
  • Versions in US Letter or UK/EU A4 paper.
  • PDF contains three pages with full color, screened color, and grayscale images
  • Images are sharp (created from source art)

DOWNLOADS Right click and choose 'Save Target or Link  As..." to save to your local computer.

Special thanks to mentor Mike McKellar, Photoshop extraordinaire, for cleaning up the mat scan.


Variation on the Worksheet for the "Smart Move" Challenge Table from the TelepathicTurtles

Craig Sheldon and his team have added a grid for reference.

DOWNLOADS Right click and choose 'Save Target or Link  As..." to save to your local computer.


11x17 Field Worksheet for Strategy
NOW AVAILABLE WITH FIXED ELEMENTS IN PLACE.

(updated with sharper mat image 7/23/2009)
(updated including fixed item positions and proper position of southeast loop marker  9/16/2009)

This is a pres-ready PDF in 11 x 17 intended for use as a planning tool with dry markers. Have it output at a vendor like Kinkos. Have mounted and gloss laminated. You can then use dry markers to try different ideas for missions.

DOWNLOADS Right click and choose 'Save Target or Link  As..." to save to your local computer.



Full Size Field Mat Image

FIRST has not released the vector art for the mat. We have constructed this from a scan of the book cover and some redrawing. It is 92.75 x 44.75 at 150dpi in PNG format.

DOWNLOAD

  • SmartMoveMat2009FS.zip
    Right click and choose 'Save Target or Link  As..." to save to your local computer.
     
  • SmartMoveMat2009WithElements.jpg
    A lower resolution version with the elements in place for you to make your own worksheets. Right click and choose 'Save Target or Link  As..." to save to your local computer.
    (updated with proper position of southeast loop marker  9/16/2009)
     

 




A Worksheet for the Challenge Elements

Use these to plan your missions and programming and make assignments during assembly..

  • In order of effort for assembly.
  • Contains a small image of each of the elements.
  • Shows the number of pages of instructions..

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A Strategy Worksheet for the Challenge Pieces (3 pages)

We will send this home with our team on our next meeting. Their homework will be to read the challenge (released on Sept 5), write out each task, and come with at least two ideas for each task. Use this in conjunction with the table worksheet.

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Step-By-Step Programming Worksheet

A simple worksheet for mission/programming sequences.

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FROM Kids Street Club in Lapeer, Michigan
We have used and appreciated the forms that you have created. Working  with a very young team (4th & 5th graders) I found that getting them to  plan and document their program was very difficult. To help them, we  created a step by step program sheet that they can fill in quickly --  with little descriptive writing required. See the attached PDF file.  It has columns to guide them -- Step #; Block (Move/ Motor/ Loop/ Wait);  Port (1-4; A-C); Direction / Sensor (Arrow Up/Down OR  Light/Touch/UltraS); Power / Value; Distance and Description. Since  only one word, an arrow, or a number is entered for each item it's easy  for the young kids to document their actions. I found that the kids were more willing to use this rather than a sheet  that requires them to describe in text their program. Last year we were  a rookie team that received 'Rising Star' awards at our qualifying tournament and Michigan state tournament - I think this helped them do that.

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Mission Videos in WMV

  • Download a zip with the mission videos in WMV format for use in classes and program rollouts.
     
  • ZIp contains:
    Avoid_Impacts_Sensor_Walls_Avoidance_Option.wmv
    Avoid_Impacts_Warning_Beacons.wmv
    Complete_Lego_League_Experience.wmv
    Gain_Access_To_Places.wmv
    Gain_Access_To_Things_Access_Markers.wmv
    Gain_Access_To_Things_Loops.wmv
    Important_FLL_Documents.wmv
    Smart_Move_Field_Introduction.wmv
    Survive_Impacts_Mult_Pass_Safety_Test.wmv
    Survive_Impacts_Sensor_Walls.wmv
    Survive_Impacts_Single_Pass_Restraint_Test.wmv
    Survive_Impacts_Vehicle_Impact_Test.wmv

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NOTE: This Zip is 85MB. Please download only once per group.

  • This is very large file and uses tons of bandwidth. Be sure to Right click and choose 'Save Target or Link  As..." to save to your local computer. Then open it.
    2009MissionVideosWMV.zip
     

 


What is a Team Info Sheet?

Terry Stevens asked: "The Coaches Manual refers to a Team Introduction Page to be used at the tournaments. I have searched high and low but can't find it. Do you guys have one ? Thanks, Terry"

Some tournaments provide a form. However, in general, the team info sheet is a simple document that reminds the judges of the following:

  • Team name
  • Location/Town
  • Team members (include names and a photo)
  • Your robot (for technical interview)
  • Your project (for research presentation)
  • Your team (for the teamwork interview)

As you can see, there can be up to three of these (Tech, Teamwork, and Presentation).

We've included some samples of our previous team info sheets. Some are form-based, others of our own design.

Remember, in most tournaments the judges may see 10-20 teams. A good info sheet provides a reminder for them when it gets down to final scoring.
 

CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL FLL TEAM INFO
COVER SHEET.

Some sample sheets from the past few years.
Right click and choose 'Save Target or Link  As..." to save to your local computer.

Bottom Line:
Be concise, be creative, be clear. Make sure you have good photos.

From the 2009 Ohio Open
   


Cool LEGO Ruler With Stud Counters

You can download a press ready PDF of the cool TechBrick ruler we've been giving out at tournaments.

The ruler features:

  • English and metric scales.
  • LEGO stud counter.

Read these special instructions first:

  • You must print this on US Legal Paper
    (8.5 * 14 inches US)
  • Print it on card stock for best results.
  • Trim carefully at crop marks.
  • Make SURE that Acrobat is set to print at 100% and NOT fit to page or margins.
  • This file can be used for commercial CMYK (4 color) printing or printing on home or office color printers.

BE SURE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS TO THE LEFT FOR PROPER PRINTING OF THIS RULER.

Right click here and choose "Save Target As..." to download the ruler PDF.

 


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