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Collaboration and Compromise

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

More than a Trophy

Quinten, also known as Nasa105, is a teenage LEGO designer...

FIRST LEGO League in the Classroom

Caroline Hanson is a LEGO Education Master educator from Aspen,...

Team Member Applications

I noticed that the question of how to pick team...

Coaching FIRST LEGO League Junior

The question of coaching FIRST LEGO League Jr comes up...

Kids as Stakeholders

How do you get a FIRST LEGO League team to...

Traveling with Robots

For teams that qualify for a post-season event, transporting your...

The Power of Persistence

FIRST LEGO League is about the iterative design process when...

Learning From Experts

Our team’s favorite FLL Core value is “ We know...

Weekly Guide: Preseason

Many years ago, Norm Kerman, former FIRST LEGO League Tournament...

Coaching Research Project

In addition to the Robot Game, teams also compete with...

Coaching Robot Game

The Robot Game is what most people think of when...

Coaching Core Values

Here is my summary of what I think is essential...

Benefits of FIRST LEGO League

What are the benefits of participating in FIRST LEGO League?...

What is in a Logo?

Team names and logos represent who you are. They are...

FIRST LEGO League Deliverables

This article provides one coach’s view of what a team...

Segue From FLL to FRC

“Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science...

Tools for Teams

A few weeks ago, I asked teams about what tools...

Number of Hours

FIRST LEGO League teams come in all shapes and sizes....

Team Member awards

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

FIRST LEGO League Budget

When starting a FIRST LEGO League team, it is important...

Preparing for Qualifiers

I’d like to share a thought that might help calm...

Master Scribe, Piecekeeper and More

Every team is different, but every student on a team...

Buying Parts

As your team progresses through the season, you might find...

Time is Running Out

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

How do you pick Robot Operators?

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Presentation Tips

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Competition Day Tips

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

What to Expect in Your Judging Sessions

It is helpful to have a good understanding of what...

Keeping on Track

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Simple Versus Complex

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Team Facebook Pages

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Helping teams learn programming

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

FLL to FTC: The Road Ahead

After four years in FIRST Lego League, our team made...

Building an FLL Table

The following discussion is based on conversations in the Facebook...

Non-LEGO Essentials

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Day in the Life of

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

FLL to other FIRST programs

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Time Management

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Why Chemistry Matters

Several coaches and parents have asked one version or another...

Engineering Journal

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

To Rebuild or Not to Rebuild

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Useful Parts and Where to Get Them

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Team Building Activities

This article was inspired by a visit to the Forge...

Selecting Team Members

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Sharing Space

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Debugging Tips

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Fundraising Tips

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Transitioning From FLL

The following discussion is quoted from the Facebook Group FLL:...

Alternative Programming Languages

Did you know that you can use alternative programming languages...

The Three Hs in FIRST LEGO League

In April this year, I did a training course in...

Starting a Team

I will be writing a few articles in this series....

Seshan Brothers' Recommended List

While we have a lot of resources on our site,...

A Dozen or More Off-Season Ideas

What can your team do in the off-season? There is...

Home vs Education Edition

One of the most common questions we receive is about...

Coach's Role During the Robot Game

After six years of competing in FIRST LEGO League, my...

Formal, Non-Formal & Informal Learning

There are different ways to learn. As a teacher and...

Cooperative Learning in FLL

NXT Generation competed in FIRST® LEGO® League for many years...

Failure is Always an Option

This famous quote from the Mythbusters has become a favorite...

Funding Your Season

Bayou Builders is a community team in Louisiana. We are...

Learning One Step Ahead of Your Students

In late 2015, Iona Primary School won a FIRST LEGO...

Why Coach?

When a neighborhood FLL team formed in 2014, my daughter...

Swag - Team Giveaways

Swag? The word sounds rather strange and, I have to...

Sorting Parts

If you start out well, the rest of the tasks...

Encouraging Team Unity

I have coached FIRST LEGO League for four years and...

Maximize Learning and Minimize Cloning

In this article, I tackle the Internet and the role...

Start Where the Old Season Ended

What do you do at the start of the season?...

Dare to Prepare

Congratulations! Your team has navigated through the challenges of FLL....

Preparing for Juding Presentations

While many people join FIRST LEGO League solely to design,...

Funding a Team

The goal of this article is to share a few...

Achievement and Celebration

The Fantastic LEGO Ladies formed in 2014 and in our...

Gracious Professionalism

Gracious Professionalism® is one of the most important aspects of...

Getting Started with LEGO Robotics

It was one of the most stressful moments I’ve faced...

Choosing Roles - Involving all Members

Bayou Builders is a community-based team sponsored by the Louisiana...

The Joy and Passion of Coaching

As a computer scientist for the Department of Defense in...

Coopertition Through Gaming

FLL teams are like any other team. To truly function,...

Introduction of Core Values

I have been a coach for a FIRST LEGO League...

Motivating Your Team

I have coached a FIRST LEGO League team for six...

Socializing and Sharing on the Internet

My FIRST LEGO League is very active online, with over...

Team Budget

I often get asked how much it costs to run...

Constructing a Team Identity

Building a team’s identity is not an easy task. It...

Scheduling

One of the hardest parts of managing a large team...