WHAT IS THE FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL)?
FIRST Lego League (FLL) inspires teams to research, build, and experiment, and by doing so, they live the entire process of creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles, while gaining confidence in their abilities to positively use technology. FLL teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They must share the problem they chose as well as their solution to make an impact on their community. They also must design, build, and program a robot capable of using 1 or more attachments using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a 4 ft x 8 ft table-top playing field, all while embodying and living the FIRST Core Values.
Since 2015, the Firebots have extended beyond FRC and founded two FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams with middle school students from the Cupertino Middle School Area. These middle school students are tasked with designing, building, and programming a competition robot each year using LEGO Mindstorms. FLL students also conceptualize and perform research projects related to the year’s FIRST theme. In the past three seasons, FLL teams have won a number of awards, including Core Values Award 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019; Project Award in 2017 and 2019, and Best Project Award in 2019; Global Innovations in 2016, 2019; and Qualifier Champions in 2017, with several teams having advanced to regionals.
The Firebots’ high school members mentor the middle schoolers and guide them through their game challenge each year. This season, we will also be hosting an FLL tournament on campus.
FLL Mentorship History
Since 2016, the Firebots have also extended to starting and coaching FIRST Lego League Jr (FLL Jr) teams with elementary school students from Don Callejon Elementary. These elementary students are tasked with designing a motorized lego modeland completing a research project and presentation related to the theme of the year. These students have now graduated to FLL and will be pursuing FLL during the fall season.
As of 2019, the Firebots have extended to founding and coaching three First Tech Challenge (FTC) teams with high school students from Fremont High School. These high school students are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. They competed in two competitions each in the fall season of 2019.
2019 - 2020
Regional participants (Team 44882)
Global Innovations Award - NASA Qualifier Event (Team 44882)
Project Award - NASA Qualifier Event (Team 44882)
2018 - 2019
Game Challenge: Into Orbit
2017 - 2018
Game Challenge: Hydro Dynamics
2015 - 2016
Game Challenge: Trash Trek
2016 - 2017
Game Challenge: Animal Allies
Championship Award - Peninsula Qualifier Event (Team 16154)
Global Innovations Award - Peninsula Qualifier Event (Team 16154)
Mentored Teams and Awards
A dedicated team of students spent the summer of 2020 working on a video series to help FLL teams start their season during the pandemic without having to meet in person. The videos covered 4 main sections: Fundamentals, Project, Robot Design and Strategy, and EV3 Programming. Each section was tailored to cover the basics of FLL and have been a useful resource to many students.