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Scroll Down for Page ContentResources for the 2013-14 Challenges:
FLL Nature's Fury & JrFLL Disaster Blaster
English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Dutch
NOTE: For now we are naming the elements by bag number. When the challenge in released we will update these with the real names.

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What will you find on our 2013-2014 FLL resource page?

  • Scoring Sheets
  • Images For Your Own Worksheets, Posters, and Clothing
  • Highres Logo.
  • Worksheet for the Challenge Table
  • 11x17 Field Worksheet for Strategy
  • A Worksheet for the Challenge Elements
  • A Strategy Worksheet for the Challenge Pieces
  • Step-By-Step Programming Worksheet
  • Awesome Lego parts that can win you a FLL tournament (5 pages)
  • What is a Team Info Sheet?
  • Cool LEGO Ruler With Stud Counters
  • Mission Path Robot Speed Spreadsheet
  • Digital Truths Articles

IN ENGLISH AND DUTCH

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Must Visit Website
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Hundreds of practical examples, photos, and full building instructions for programming.
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General Resources


A Note about Printing Elements at Fedexs 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 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.

Pictured above:  Isabela Piardi, Mariane Guidetti Andrietta, Gabriel Valim, Caio Henrique Silva, Fábio Vieira e Luccas Fernandes

Paula's Portuguese team, "Super-Ação," used our mat image to print a mat while they wait for the their field kit. They said, "And about the mat again, last year we received our official mat in 22/10/2012. And our tournament was in 08/11/2012. We had a big rush to do all missions in only a few days! So, with [TechBrick's] help, this year we can plan the missions, try different ways to do some missions and we don't have to rush against time! =)"
US FIRST RESOURCES: READ EVERYTHING AT THE CHALLENGE PAGES. DON'T SKIP ONE DOCUMENT.

Main FLL Site: http://firstlegoleague.org

Challenge: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2013naturesfury
BE SURE TO VISIT THIS PAGE FOR ALL RESOURCES

TEAM RESOURCES:  http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/teamresources
A MUST READ

The Challenge for 2013-14
Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams help us master natural disasters? In the 2013 NATURE’S FURY(r) Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 70 countries will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play. Brace yourself for NATURE’S FURY! FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During NATURE’S FURY teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS(r) to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. They will also choose and solve a real­world problem in the Project. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values.

Challenge Docs


OFFICIAL FLL SCORING SHEETS FOR 2013-14

There are two score sheets: they both have identical information, but one uses smaller font to allow for a picture of the field. Aside from the picture, there are no differences between the two. 

This is essential for practice. Your teams need to know these sheets since they will be asked to confirm the final score at the table by the table refs. Once they agree, it's in the books. So help them get it right!

FLL2013NaturesFuryScoreSheetAccessible.pdf FLL2013NaturesFuryScoreSheet.pdf

CHECK OUT THE NEW SCORING APPS PAGE 


Practice Scoring Sheet for Strategic Purposes

Note that on some forums people will indicate higher scores, but those are strategic issues you’ll have to find on your own. This sheet only scores what is plainly evident in the rules.

ALERT: Same as last year the 400 Point Barrier Gone! As you'll see you can score up to 616 points (we think).

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 new max point standard.

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

ENGLISH (v1): FLL-2013-NaturesFury-ScoringSheet-EN.pdf
DUTCH (v1):  FLL-2013-NaturesFury-ScoringSheet-NL.pdf

SPANISH (v1): FLL-2013-NaturesFury-ScoringSheet-SP.pdf
CHINESE (v1): FLL-2013-NaturesFury-ScoringSheet-CN.pdf

We will update the international versions shortly.

Please forward comments/suggestions to marco@techbrick.com

CHECK OUT THE NEW SCORING APPS PAGE


NEW! Season Planning Schedule: From Week 0 to Your Tournament in 16 weeks and Beyond (to Mars). A great resource from one of our mentors.

Ginny To, the lead mentor of the FLL ELECTROBOTS in Maryland (Delaware state champions in 2012-13) has prepared a very useful schedule for FLL teams. I know this is in the handbook and other places, but her presentation is concise.

DOWNLOADS

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


Element 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 do advanced graphic work.
  • Some of the elements have been further broken down for fun.

NOTE: The naming is preliminary since we do not know what these are officially called. When the challenge in released we will update these with the real names. The main group is numbered 00. If the bag contains multiple unique items they are number 01, 02, etc.

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

DOWNLOADS

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


Very High Resolution Version of the Nature's Fury

Looking for a really high resolutions version of the logo? The hi-res version below is 4400 pixels wide. It can be resized easily. The lo-res is 400 pixels wide.  The PNGs have a completely transparent background.

Nature's Fury Logo Lo-Res (400 px wide) Color
FLL2013-NaturesFury-400px.png

Nature's Fury Logo Hi-Res (4400 px wide) Color
FLL2013-NaturesFury-4400px.png

We've also included a zip file with source Photoshop (PSD) and Illustrator (AI) files.
FLL2013-NaturesFuryLogos-PhotoshopIllustrator.zip

* Contains a Photoshop, Illustrator, and EPS version.


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
NEW: Two Versions

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

DOWNLOAD SHEET GROUPED BY ASSEMBLY BAGS

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

DOWNLOAD SHEET GROUPED BY SCORING CHALLENGES

 

 
GROUPED BY ASSEMBLY                                 GROUPED BY CHALLENGES


Worksheet for the "Nature's Fury" 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 full color image
  • Images are sharp

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

SIZE >>

US Inches US Metric A4
ENGLISH DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
DUTCH DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
PORTUGUESE DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD
SPANISH DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT DOWNLOAD
CHINESE DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD

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

SIZE >>

US Inches US Metric A4
ENGLISH DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD




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.

Visit the Scoring and Apps Page to see FLL Nature's Fury Mission Planner by Litedroid Studios for Android which is a digital version of this tool.




Step-By-Step Programming Worksheet

A simple worksheet for mission/programming sequences. Right click and choose 'Save Target or Link  As..." to save to your local computer.

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Nature's Fury Mat Art

NOTE: This was scanned so there may be some minor deviations in alignment.

DOWNLOAD MAT ONLY

NOTE: This was scanned so there may be some minor deviations in alignment. On 9/9/2013 a minor edit was made to the area by the river obstacle.

DOWNLOAD MAT WITH ELEMENTS

Note that our version is properly proportioned. The original version from US FIRST was squashed horizontally.

 


Awesome Lego parts that can win you an FLL tournament

This will be updated after the challenge is released.

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!

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.
 

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 Ohio Open
   


Cool LEGO Ruler With Stud Counters for 2013-14

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 on the link below and choose "Save Target As..." to download the ruler PDF.

TechBrickRules2013FLL.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.

FIVE IMPORTANT BUSINESS PRINCIPLES 3
FILE NAMING SO YOU CAN FIND YOUR WORK 4
FOLDER NAMING AND VERSIONING 5
A MOST EXCELLENT TIP FOR OUTLOOK PART 1 6
E-COMMERCE IS HARD: No Magic Bullets 7
FORMAT YOUR EMAIL IN A SENSIBLE MANNER 8
DON’T SEND TO, CC OR BCC WHEN YOU SHOULD SEND PERSONALLY 9
NITTY GRITTY OF WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT 10
WHAT IS A CORPORATE ID? 11
DESIGNING A LOGO 12
THE SIX BASIC WORD FUNCTIONS TO KNOW 13
GOOD TYPE MAKES A DIFFERENCE. REALLY. 14
CAN YOU WEATHER :) CLOUD COMPUTING? 15
FROM 36 EXPOSURES TO 3600: HOW TO SORT DIGITAL PHOTOS 16
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FLOW CHART 17
PRIMER ON THE REASON FOR REQUIREMENTS 18
UNABASHED SELF PROMOTION 19

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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