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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

Get ready. Get set. Roar! Or you could bark, quack, or squeak, because the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIESSM season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends. In the 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 14* will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES. What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League* teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8**) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.

See more at: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/challenge-and-season-info

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What will you find on our 2016-17 FLL resource page?

  • Scoring Sheets NEW!
  • Kick Off PowerPoint's: Very Important Stuff!
  • Images For Your Own Worksheets, Posters, and Clothing
  • Group Exercises for Team Building
  • Challenge Logos
  • 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 Fedex 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.firstinspires.org/about/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.


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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.firstinspires.org/node/3461

Get ready. Get set. Roar! Or you could bark, quack, or squeak, because the 2016 ANIMAL ALLIESSM season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends. In the 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, more than 28,000 teams of students age 9 to 14* will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES. What might become possible when we learn to help each other?

COACHES HANDBOOK

CLICK HERE FOR Animal Allies Coache's Handbook

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


Critical FLL Resources from FIRST INSPIRES

These are resources you must know and review frequently.

Full FLL Resource Library 
http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library

Animal Allies Updates and Resources
http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/fll/animal-allies-challenge-updates-and-resources

Judging Rubrics:
http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/fll/judging-rubrics


More great Resources from FRC Team 1836: The Milken Knights

Jared Hasen-Klein and his team produce a range of useful helping tools for FLL each year.  Their site contains resources designed for FIRST® LEGO® League teams and tournaments for the 2016 game, Animal Allies. We suggest you check them out!

http://fll16.jaredhk.com


Online Scoring Tools

EV2Lessons.com 
http://ev3lessons.com/resources/scorer/index.html

FLL Tournament Tools: Scoring and Resources for Every Challenge back to 1999
http://flltournament.com/ChalList.aspx

The Milken Knights: Online Spreadsheet
https://fll2016.wordpress.com/calc/

Android App from Droids Robots
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ev3lessons.animalalliesscorer

Apple  App from Raymond Pang
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fll-animal-allies-2016-scorer/id1149676274

 


THREE USEFUL POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

These are three presentations TechBrick has prepared for the Maryland state coaches' kickoff. You are free to use them with your groups!

TECH-2016-FLL-Branding v02.pdf

This presentation makes the case for good speaking and presentation skills. Remember, all your judged areas, the ones that get you from regional, to states, to worlds, are all about communications. Add to this decent branding and great photos for a full verbal and visual package for your team. And, how to pay for it.

TECH-2016-FLL-IntroTalk-v03.pdf

This is the five-minute motivational  talk Marco gives most years at the state coaches' meeting. It reminds coaches/mentors why they do this and encourages them to make a commitment to start and finish the season.

TECH-2016-FLL-ProjectPresentation-v02.pdf

This is the combined wisdom of three long time mentors who have coached and judged a number of competitions and teams. You will find lots a great tips and suggestions.


FLL SCORING SHEETS

FLL 2016 Animal Allies Score Sheets created by Danny Diaz (well, mostly by his incredibly talented team). The content of the score sheets this year have been pre-reviewed by a GREAT and vocal group of hand-picked individuals who provided FLL feedback, THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who provided feedback. There are a couple very important things to note about this score sheet:

(1) Yes, there are TWO score sheets. One is a "graphical" score sheet, and the other is a "no frills" score sheet. The "No Frills" (also known as "Accessible") was designed to have larger lettering, have more space between items, and make selection of items "easier". This "No Frills / Accessible" sheet has been highly acclaimed the last couple years, so it is back again this year.

(2) The score sheet DOES NOT list ALL of the criteria for the mission, but does highlight some of the most important constraints - the questions that are affected by the constraints have an asterisk suffixed on the question. Please remember, the point of the score sheet is not to duplicate the RULES, it is to describe the state of the field - some "reminders" are provided on the score sheet but not ALL of the criteria are presented. The referees must fully understand the rules in order to be able to score the table.

 

 


Worksheet for the "Animal Allies" Challenge Table Worksheets

Use these to plan your missions and programming.

  • Scaled 1" to 1'
  • 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.

DOWNLOADS


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.

DOWNLOADS

Layer Photoshop File (Very large)
FLL-2016-Animal-Allies-Elements-HI.zip

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


"Animal Allies" and  "Creature Craze" Logos

These zip files contain two resolutions of each log in JPG and PNG along with an Adobe Illustrator file and Adobe EPS. 

We have also included a text file with the exact color specs.

This is essential for design, shirts, displays, etc.


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.

DOWNLOAD


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 (very large)

  • FLL2016AnimalAllies-Mat-Plain-FullSize-v02FA.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.


Cool LEGO Ruler With Stud Counters for 2016-17

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.

DOWNLOADS

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


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

INCLUDES
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
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
PHOTOGRAPHING EVENTS: THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW 17
MAKING ALL YOUR VIDEOS GREAT 18
BIG COLLECTION OF TRAVEL TIPS: BE WARNED 19
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS FLOW CHART 20
PRIMER ON THE REASON FOR REQUIREMENTS 21
UNABASHED SELF PROMOTION 22

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