LEAGUE: The Unofficial Guide
OK. You're ready to
start an JrFLL, FLL, or FTC team. What
should you do next?
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FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide
buy this book?
- TechBrick has a
story on page 116
But more importantly it covers all the issues related to starting and running a FIRST team.
- Want to find out
exactly where FLL fits in the
overall program? See chapter 1
- What exactly
happens at an FLL Tournament? See
- How do I make
sense of all the rules and
guidelines? See chapter 3
- How many mentors
do we need, where do we meet, how do
we fund our team? See chapter 4.
- Who can be on our
team? How do we recruit and grow our
teams? See chapter 5
- How do we manage
our team? What roles do they play?
See chapter 6
- How does your
team grow? What will their journey
look like? See chapter 7
- Yikes! How do I
organize our team schedules and
other tasks? See chapter 8
- What's with all
the software? What's the deal with
RCX and NXT? See chapter 9
- OK. So how do we
build a successful robot? What are
the limits of the system? See
- What happens at
the robot table? How do we create a
successful strategy? See chapter 11
- Sensors are
sensitive. How do we make them work
on our bot? See chapter 12
seemed easy but it's as hard as any
programming we've ever done. Help!
See chapters 13-14
- What about the
project? What is it? How do we
prepare? See chapter 15
- So we made it to
the tournament. What happens on a
tournament day? How do we prepare?
See chapter 16
BOTTOM LINE: First year coach or 10 year
coach you should read this book. It
might as well be called the OFFICIAL
Visit the author's
THE LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT ZOO
This great book by Fay Rhodes
contains very clever and complex animals
that can be built with the NXT system.
We will be using this book for our
pre-season team camp in May to train our
new FLL team members in the basics of
Click here to buy LEGO Mindstorms NXT ZOO!
Whether you're just beginning with
your LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set or are
already an expert, you'll have hours of
fun with these animal-like models that
walk, crawl, hop, and roll!
The first part of the book introduces
you to the NXT kit and reviews the parts
you'll need in order to begin building.
Next, you'll learn how to program with
the NXT-G programming language,
including how to make miniprograms
called My Blocks that you can use to
build larger programs. Finally, you'll
learn how to build each robot and
program it to act like its real animal
Learn to build and program the following
- Ribbit, a jumping frog
- Bunny, a hopping rabbit
- Sandy, a walking camel
- Spiderbot, an eight-legged
spider that avoids objects and walks
forward and backward
- Snout, a walking alligator that
opens and closes its jaws
- LEGOsaurus, a four-legged,
- Pygmy, a walking elephant that
raises and lowers its head
- Polecat, a skunk on wheels that
lifts its tail and shoots "darts"
- Strutter, a peacock on wheels
that turns and flutters its tail
Troubleshooting tips help you avoid
problems like misarranged gears and
incorrect programming, while a list of
Internet resources is included to help
guide you in further exploration with
the NXT. Teachers and home educators
will appreciate an appendix with helpful
suggestions for using the models in the
The models in this book have been
tested repeatedly -- and built
successfully -- by novice builders, so
all you have to do is follow the
directions and watch them go. Now, let
the building begin!
About the Author
Fay Rhodes is co-author of The LEGO
MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book (No Starch), a
2007 member of LEGO's MINDSTORMS
Community Partners (MCP), and the only
female contributor to the NXT Step Blog.