FLL/FTC 2016-2017

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Link for students to register for FLL/FTC: 
Link for adults to register as a coach for FLL/FTC: 


FIRST Lego League (FLL) - 4th-6th Grade

  • FLL teams consist of 8-10 students going into 4th-6th grade (9 year olds on up), working together to design and program a Lego robot to accomplish a variety of challenges (picking, moving, throwing, driving, etc.) related to a theme that the students also research and present on. This year's theme is “Animal Allies”, which will challenge the teams to come up with ideas for how to solve a real world problem. Per the FIRST website, “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 2016FIRST® 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?”

  • This year, all teams will be provided with the kit and the updated “brain - EV3”.

  • What is FLL? The Challenge, Animal Allies

  • Games released August 30, 2016.


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) - 7th-9th Grade

  • FTC teams consist of 8-15 students going into 7th-9th grade (some 6th graders may apply to FTC depending on ability). It is designed for students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for the community outreach, design and other real-world accomplishments. Students are expected to keep an Engineering Journal of their learning.

  • What is FTC? remote control robots https://www.youtube.com/user/FIRSTTechChallenge   and FTC 2015-16:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b49Q3kqrSv0

  • Over $13.5 million in college scholarships are available - apply senior year of high school

  • FTC informational brochure: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0By4NV3TncTpmbmVYcWVkaVA5eDA/view

  • Game released September 10, 2016


Informational Meeting - August 17, 2016

Who: Any parents/mentors/coaches who are interested in participating in the 2015/16 season and/or have a child participating in the robotics program. Parent's team members that are in attendance will receive team placement priority if coach/mentor numbers are low.

When: August 17, 2016

Time: 6:00 FLL informational meeting; 6:15 FTC informational meeting, 6:30 Q&A overall

Where: Clarkston High School LGI (Large Group Instruction Room). This is not required, but if you and your child(ren) would like to come and learn more about the program please join us.

Important Dates:

  • August 7: Coaches NEEDED

  • August TBD: Coaches camp

  • August 17: Informational Meeting for all students/parents/coaches

  • August 25: Teams are formed (students will be notified by coaches - so the teams can meet prior to the kickoff and school starting)

  • August 30: FLL Kickoff for 2016

  • September 10: FTC Kickoff for 2016

  • September - October: build/test robot, research/practice solution to FLL’s “Trash Trek”

  • Late October, November, December: Competition (FLL 1 weekend, FTC 2 weekends - if qualify, go to State)

  • December 3 and 10: State tournaments

Student & Coach/Mentor Sign Up

If you have a student interested in joining for the 2016/17 school year fill out the form linked below. There is also a section where adults can sign up to be a coach/mentor. No experience necessary! Deadline to register is August 7, 2016. Any student who registers after this date will be wait-listed. Teams will be announced by August 25



Please Note: The number of teams we can have are based on the number of coaches we have available. The more coaches/mentors we have, the more teams we have! Please volunteer to coach/mentor! If you're a parent willing to help or lead a team, please fill out the mentor application at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UpOsfXkJOZMd7ci__01tO__pU7UTEt1f-sXXCMp9UxI/viewform

Expertise in robotics is not required! Team RUSH students are ready to help provide as much support & background needed to help you get off to a good start & run a successful team. We need mentors to make this program possible, and we hope you can help!


Student FLL or FTC https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUiYv31-Lk8IAWAaM_ZTdWCK2cRPmS7Mt22GToI3Io8QbqCw/viewform

Coach or Mentor: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUGr_9mPPr_Ki1cGC0xvYqE9KcwSGpZwL9mtgm_cpNcNHwag/viewform