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Scroll Down for Page ContentResources for the 2015-16 Challenge: Trash Trek

We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up!  In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO® League TRASH TREKSM Challenge, 290,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash.  From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye.  Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash!

FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.  During the TRASH TREKSM season, teams will choose and solve a real-world trash problem in the Project.  They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

- See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2015trashtrek#sthash.ILcMNjx6.dpuf

We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up! In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO® League TRASH TREKSM Challenge, 290,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye. Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash!

FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the TRASH TREKSM season, teams will choose and solve a real-world trash problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2015trashtrek

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What will you find on our 2015-16 FLL resource page when the challenge is released?

  • THE MISSING GUIDES
  • 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

 

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Scroll Down for Page ContentA 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.


Scroll Down for Page ContentA 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.

Scroll Down for Page ContentA 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.

UScroll Down for Page ContentS FIRST RESOURCES: READ EVERYTHING AT THE CHALLENGE PAGES. DON'T SKIP ONE DOCUMENT.

Main FLL Site: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2015trashtrek

2015 TRASH TREK Challenge

Challenge releases August 25th, 12 PM ET. Check your country site to registration your team today.

We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up! In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO® League TRASH TREKSM Challenge, more than 233,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye. Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash!

COACHES HANDBOOK

CLICK HERE FOR THE
FLL-CoachesHandbook-2015-TRASHTREK-Online.pdf

Critical Warning From FIRST LEGO League READ THIS NOW.
While it's obvious that everyone needs to become an expert on the details of the Missions below, it’s also EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for everyone, veteran teams as well as rookies, to read the OTHER THREE CRITICAL ROBOT GAME PAGES: Field Setup + Rules + Updates, and go back to them repeatedly.

Look at the benefits...

TEAMS WHO HAVE READ EVERYTHING
* have fewer questions
* have less rework
* have fewer surprises at tournaments
* score higher
* have more fun

TEAMS WHO DON’T
* operate in a fog
* start over and lose time
* learn a lot from... referees
* lose points
* get stressed

FLL: Important Note about the Field Kit and Table Models and Un-numbered Bags

As you probably know, they have had delays in shipping the field kits. Therefore they are not releasing the build instructions until Tues Aug, 25, at noon.

Previously the build instructions were included in the field kits and teams were able to meet in August to pre-build the table and begin brainstorming.

This year, same as the past two years, the parts are neatly packed in numbered bags 1-10 (some numbers have multiple bags). However. And this is a big HOWEVER. There are three unnumbered bags with more than 100 parts (mostly beams and plates). This means you cannot send the models home for assembly in on the first day since the students need access to the unnumbered bags.

We plan to build at least one field kit on Tuesday Night, Aug 25, and document the distribution of the un-numbered bag items which we will forward for other teams to use for initial meetings.
CHECK OUT ALL THE SCORING APPS: CLICK HERE NOW.
Two and counting.

Practice Scoring Sheet for Strategic Purposes
UPDATED AT 2p EDT on 8/28/2015 with Game Updates

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 and they include all the scoring details for training. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUR DRIVE TEAMS KNOW THE RULES BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO SIGN OFF ON THE THEIR SCORES DURING A COMPETITION.

ENGLISH (v1):
FLL-2015-TrashTrek-ScoringSheet-EN.pdf

We will update the international versions shortly.

Please forward comments/suggestions to [email protected]

CHECK OUT THE NEW SCORING APPS PAGE


THE MISSING GUIDES: WHOA!

This version of the document provides the names and bags for each model. This was missing from sheets provided on launch day.

This document shows you which items from the un-numbered parts bags go with each numbered item.

Thank you for tons of help from 2014 TechBrick FLL 4829 and Jared of the Milken Knights who provided the first online scorer (http://milkenknights.com/fll2015).

 

 

 

 

 

 


Worksheet for the "TrashTrek" Challenge Table Worksheets

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

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


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 Building Worksheet for the Challenge Elements

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

Now includes a reference to the "Bag with No Number..." Whoa.

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A Strategy Worksheet for the Challenge Pieces

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.


Element Images For Your Own Worksheets, Posters, and Clothing

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

  • All files are PNG format
  • All graphics are RGB format and compatible with Word, PPT, and Web applications.
  • All PNGs have a transparent background.
  • Layered Photoshop files are included in each ZIP file

DOWNLOADS

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


"TrashTrek" Logos

TRASH TREK GRAPHIC (letter size)

TRASH TREK LOGO

 

 

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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Mat Art

NOTE: This was photographed so there may be some minor deviations in alignment. THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR AN OFFICIAL MAT PURCHASED FROM YOUR LEGO DISTRIBUTOR. IT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR USE TO MAKE PRACTICE MATS.

DOWNLOAD MAT ONLY

DOWNLOAD PRESS READY PDF (100 MB)

  • FLL2015TrashTrek-Mat-Plain-FullSize-v02F.pdf
    RIGHT CLICK AND CHOOSE SAVE TARGET/ LINK AS...
    NOTE: This was photographed so there may be some minor deviations in alignment. THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR AN OFFICIAL MAT PURCHASED FROM YOUR LEGO DISTRIBUTOR. IT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR USE TO MAKE PRACTICE MATS.


This is how we get the mat image.


Cool LEGO Ruler With Stud Counters for 2015-16

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

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

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.


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.

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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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Awesome Lego parts that can win you an FLL tournament

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!


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.

Opening Page 1
Introduction 2
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
SOCIAL MEDIA RULES TO LIVE BY 7
E-COMMERCE IS HARD: No Magic Bullets 8
FORMAT YOUR EMAIL IN A SENSIBLE MANNER 9
DON’T SEND TO, CC OR BCC WHEN YOU SHOULD SEND PERSONALLY 10
NITTY GRITTY OF WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT 11
WHAT IS A CORPORATE ID? 12
DESIGNING A LOGO 13
THE SIX BASIC WORD FUNCTIONS TO KNOW 14
GOOD TYPE MAKES A DIFFERENCE. REALLY. 15
CAN YOU WEATHER :) CLOUD COMPUTING? 16
FROM 36 EXPOSURES TO 3600: HOW TO SORT DIGITAL PHOTOS 17
PHOTOGRAPHING EVENTS: THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW 18
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FLOW CHART 19
PRIMER ON THE REASON FOR REQUIREMENTS 20
UNABASHED SELF PROMOTION 21

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