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A Note about Printing Elements at Kinkos or Similar Stores: Some stores have refused to print our documents based on Kinkos corporate copyright policy. However, the documents below do not fall under the policy. If you have a problem just print out the FLL Communications Page at this link and show them you are authorized to use FLL and US FIRST Graphics.

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 Note about Downloading Files: It is always preferable to use the HTTP download method rather than just clicking on a file link. All you need to do is right-click on a link (on most computers) or click and hold on older Mac and choose the 'save as...' option. Depending on your browser this will read: "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." or "Save File As..." You can then save the file to your desktop or other location for use instead of opening it directly into your browser.

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Body Forward Practice Scoring Sheet for Strategic Purposes  

NEW: September 8, 2010
Now in English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Chinese, and Thai

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.

Note: The English and Dutch sheets have been update as of 9/20/2010 to reflect these rulings.

  • RGR 5: The order of removing the red blood cells from the field
  • RGR 6: The zero points ruling when one or more red blood cells are in the patient’s area.

Remember, these are not official scoring sheets so please always always always check the game rulings at the FIRST LEGO League site.

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ENGLISH: FLL-BodyForward-ScoringSheet-EN.pdf
     By TechBrick (modified 10/17/2010 to reflect RGR #15)
SPANISH:
FLL-BodyForward-ScoringSheet-SP.pdf
    Courtesy of Francisco Rodriguez Sevilla
THAI:  FLL-BodyForward-ScoringSheet-TH.pdf
   Courtesy of Livingston Robotics Club
     www.LivingstonRobotics.org
DUTCH: FLL-BodyForward-ScoringSheet-NL.pdf
   Courtesy of Doede ten Cate (modified 10/17/2010 to reflect RGR #15)
GERMAN: FLL-BodyForward-ScoringSheet-DE.pdf
     Courtesy of Tobias Bär
CHINESE:
FLL-BodyForward ScoringSheet-CN.pdf
     Courtesy of Bode Chang

International Versions are Coming Online
Want to translate this? Looking translators for any language. Please contact me at marco@techbrick.com and I will forward you a MS Word version for direct translation.


NEW: September 5, 2010: Body Forward Practice Scoring Sheet for Strategic Purposes in Excel  

Provided by Red Cedar Robotics
Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore First Lego League Teams
http://redcedarrobotics.wordpress.com/

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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ENGLISH:
Single Calculating Page:
    
FLL-Body-Forward-Score-Sheet-Excel-EN.zip

Alternate Version with Logging/Charting:
     FLL-Body-Forward-Scoring-Log.zip

    
Courtesy of Charles Gambol.

GERMAN: FLL-Body-Forward-Score-Sheet-Excel-DE.zip
     Courtesy of Tobias Bär
SPANISH: FLL-Body-Forward-Score-Sheet-Excel-SP.zip
    Courtesy of Francisco Rodriguez Sevilla
THAI:  FLL-Body-Forward-Score-Sheet-Excel-TH.zip
    Courtesy of Livingston Robotics Club
     www.LivingstonRobotics.org
DUTCH: FLL-Body-Forward-Score-Sheet-Excel-NL.zip
   Courtesy of Doede ten Cate

International Versions are Coming Online
Want to translate this? Looking translators for any language. Just unlock this sheet (it does not have a password) and edit the text and send it back. We will post it.


Watch Jonathan (FLL 5 Year Veteran) assemble the Body Forward Table Elements in 120 seconds!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GfMNZQvnVo

Note to Coaches: It actually took him 3.5 hours to do this by himself using the CD on the laptop. We then compressed this 9000% to get to 120 seconds. But is fun!


Table Elements Instructions in one zip file.

These are the full assembly instructions zipped up for easy download.


Body Forward Images For Your Own Worksheets, Posters, and Clothing

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

  • PNG files below contain a high and low res version.
  • All graphics are RGB format and compatible with Word, PPT, and Web applications.
  • PNGs have a transparent background.
  • You can also download a layered Photoshop files if you want to advanced graphic work.

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

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Worksheet for the "Body Forward" Challenge Table

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 thank you to Craig Sheldon at http://www.sheldenrobotics.com for the photo of the mat. Check out SR's innovative rental program for NXT kits.


11x17 Field Worksheet for Strategy
This is a press-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.

NOTE: When you go to Fedex/Kinkos or a similar vendor you should specify:

  • Print 11x17 no bleeds (no color off the edge)
  • Print at 100% (not fit to margins or page)
  • Mount on foamcore or a similar stiff material.
  • Gloss laminate.

This should cost between $9-12 per board (USD)

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



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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UPDATED 9/4/2010: Awesome Lego parts that can win you an FLL tournament (5 pages)

Over the years there have been thousand of parts made by LEGO. You can find them at BrickLink and many can give you a competitive advantage. Jonathan has compiled some of the more interesting parts. There are thousands more. Happy searching!

JonathansBricklinkTips.pdf  English

JonathansBricklinkTips-NL.pdf Dutch

click on the image for a
full size version.

Angela W from the Netherlands Asked: "We saw the info about the parts made by LEGO. We looked at the link for the Lego parts and it is indeed a perfect link but for teams in the Netherlands it is hard to get parts. In the Netherlands there are no shops were you can get single items only boxes with total cars etc. BRICKSHOP Holland stores have none of the items and we don't know where we can go now. Can you help us?"

Answer: You can buy these parts directly from BrickLink sellers. Most ship internationally. All you need is a free bricklink account https://www.bricklink.com/regCountry.asp?a=WN and a PayPal Account (also free http://www.paypal.com. We have ordered parts from Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, etc. In fact many of the parts on BrickLink are not available from LEGO which is why it is fascinating. According to FLL rules you can use any official LEGO item every manufactured!


Community Service

US FIRST encourages teams to get involved in the community. TechBrick has will be working with a new national STEM initiative.


 

 

TechBrick is assisting a new national STEM initiative as part of our public service work. Click here to learn more about this exciting program.

TechBrick has been involved in advising a new national STEM curriculum offering. This is a hugely exciting program. Please read below and visit the LGBG website to learn more. If you attend or have a Boys & Girls Club or YMCA in your town that would like to introduce a successful STEM program  Dr. Corky Graham would like to talk to you.

Find a school or organization near you and get involved.

Click here to learn more about this exciting program.

 


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.

 


Mission Path Robot Speed Spreadsheet

In 2009 our 'Senior Team’ (FLL Team 1), which includes our older FLL students and some younger ones in their 5th year of FLL, is took 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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Mundane and Boring Subjects that will Change Your Digital Life

This a series one page articles that summarize all the key points of critical communications issues. The topics in red below will be of particular interest to mentors and teams. But you should still read the all them.

  • File Naming So You Can Find Your Work
  • Folder Naming and Versioning
  • Nitty Gritty Of Website Development
  • What Is A Corporate Id?
  • Designing A Logo
  • The Six Basic Word Functions To Know
  • Good Type Makes A Difference. Really.
  • Can You Weather :) Cloud Computing?
  • From 36 Exposures To 3600
  • How To Sort Digital Photos
  • Core Marketing/Communications Flow Chart

This document will be updated in the next with a number of new, useful articles so be sure to subscribe to our NL. Click Here To Subscribe.

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Excellent Example of an FLL Technical Log from EOT in Rhode Island, NY (18 pages)

My team kept a written log of what they were working on during the season, and they used the log to write their tech manual.  It was originally written for the FLL Power Puzzle Rhode Island Championship, and revised for World Fest, so is from April 2008.

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