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  1. FIRSTLEGOLeaguein Louisiana Scot Marshall, Senior Mentor Solar PupsA.E. Philips, Ruston Power Raiders St. Dominic School, New Orleans 2008

  2. There’s a FIRST for Every Age Junior FIRST LEGO League (2004 Pilot) FIRST LEGO League (1998) FIRST Robotics Competition (1992) K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Grade 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Age

  3. FIRST is a Year-Round Activity Register & Robots 2008 Build Cycle CHAMPIONSHIP 4W A Basics Kit Build 12W A FIRST Robotics Competition HS Robotics Class ? 6W 5W FIRST Tech Challenge ? ? May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr

  4. 16 FIRST Parishes in Louisiana 1 1 4 1 1 4 2 4 1 0 0 4 1 1 4 2 1 9 2 11 1 1 1 7 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 6 1 1 1 1 1 7 1 1 6 1 1 Parish Ascension Caddo E. Baton Rouge E. Feliciana Jefferson Lincoln Orleans Ouchita Plaquemines St. Bernard St. Charles St. James St. Tammany Tangipahoa Terrebonne Washington 2007 Inception 2008

  5. 2008 Competition Host December 6, 2008 J. D. Meisler Middle School Metairie, LA Building a Global Game Plan  Whether the climate be cold, or whether the climate be hotThe climate is different all over.What is it like in your spot? Discover the links between science, people, resources and communities. Unearth how we learn about past climates and delve into questions surrounding our current and futureclimatic conditions. Create a global game plan as they make these ClimateConnections?

  6. The NXT Generation

  7. The 1-Day FLL Competition • 25% Design • The students perform a 10-minute design review of their robot and its apparatus for 2 judges (no mentor) • 25% Performance • Best of 3 tries on the competition table- 2.5 minutes • 25% Research • 2 minute set-up, 5 minute presentation, 5 minutes for questions, 2-minute take-down (no mentor) • 25% Teamwork • 1 minute explanation, 7 minutes to solve a new task as a team, 2 minutes questions (no mentor)

  8. FIRSTLEGOLeague Values • Respect each other in the best spirit of teamwork • Behave with courtesy and compassion for others at all times • Honor the spirit of friendly competition • Act with integrity • Demonstrate Gracious Professionalism • Focus on the experience, not the awards • Remember that the children do the work • Encourage others to adopt these values FLL succeeds most fully when team members bring the FLL values they learn back to their community

  9. There’s a FIRST for Every Student: An Educator’s Perspective • It is the ultimate in hands-on learning for all students - gifted, honors, regular, and children with special needs  • FIRST promotes excitement for core academics in math and science that few other activities do for all students.  • More student interest in robotics and engineering electives is a natural extension of the competition. • The layers of mentoring provide incredible synergy • FLL is an international competition that is supported locally by public & private schools, universities, nonprofits and industry • The competition requires students apply STEM principles: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math plus computer programming.  • $35 per student + $350 one-time robot & table investment

  10. Building a Team • Mentors • Parent, Engineer, High School FRC participant, Science Professional, Graphic Artist, Volunteer, Programmer, Marketing Expert, Instructor • Team Dynamics & Work Groups • Size, Age, Team/Individual Psyche • Hardware Design, Program, Strategy, Research, Operators, Project Management, Test, Marketing, Documentation, Fundraising, Team Spirit • Rubrics (Needs Improvement, Fair, Good, Excellent) • Robot Design, Project, Teamwork & FLL Values • Guidance, Structure, Encouragement, Fun A student once said he didn't much care for rubrics: "if you get something wrong, your teacher can prove you knew what you were supposed to do."

  11. The Complete FIRST Participant 2005 Champion St. Dominic Sea Dragons • Unique Headwear • (Temporary) Hair Color • Face Paint • Team T-Shirt • Team Name – Sea Dragons • Team Number - 5315 • Yearly Theme – Ocean Odyssey • Color Theme – Purple, Grn, Gld • Sponsors, Logos • Cheer, Song, Chant • Team Buttons • Team Handouts • Noise Maker • Posters • Laptop • Pit Display • Pit Decorations No Advertising!

  12. Sample Task Assignments Research Project • Researcher • Script and Choreography • Research Report Team Spirit / Marketing • Team Shirt & Artwork Design • Research Project Props • Scrapbook • Press Relations • Community Outreach • Fund Raising Management • Project Scheduling • Rubric & Awards • Evaluation & Judging • Competition Rules • Forums Robot Competition • Strategy • Hardware Design • Software Design • Robot Operator (2)

  13. The Coaches’ Promise(the really hard part!) • The children come firstFLL is about the children having fun and getting excited about science and technology.  Everything my team does starts and ends with that principle. • The children do the workThis is their opportunity to learn and grow.  The children on my team do all the programming, research, problem solving, and building. Adultscan help them find answers, but cannotgive them answersormake decisions. • My team is comprised of 10 or fewer members (on competition day) (all team members participate on only 1 team), registered as an official FLL team, and all team members are no older than 14 on January 1st of the Challenge year. • FLL communicates with my team via my primary email address, and I am responsible for reading and relaying all aspects of FLL guidelines and rules to my team, other coaches, volunteers, and parents. • I will encourage my team members, other coaches, volunteers, parents, and team supporters to develop and practice a set of FLL values that reflect FIRST’s goal to challenge culture in a positive way by inspiring others through our team’s actions and words.

  14. At the End of the Season… • We had fun! • We did something we didn’t think we could do • We figured out how to managetime, deal with setbacks, and communicate ideas • We respected and considered ideas from everyone on the team • We learned that research helped us better understand a problem and build a realistic solution • We learned how useful and fun applied math and science can be • We improved over last year • We helped our community The true goals of FLL have nothing to do with winning medals or trophies. If you can look back on the season and know you accomplished at least one of these goals, you have achieved the most important goal

  15. 2008 Important Dates

  16. A Perfect Score

  17. Scot Marshall Louisiana FLL Technical Coordinator scot@LaFLL.org www.LaFLL.orgwww.YouTube.com/PRforLaFLL Curtis Craig Louisiana FRC Technical Coordinatorcurtis@LaFRC.org www.LaFRC.orgwww.YouTube.com/PRforLaFRC Barbara Pailet BLaST Chairman BHPFED@AOL.com Additional Information

  18. Why Should I Mentor? • You Make The Impossible Very Possible • The Students Need Your Experience • The Faculty Advisor Needs Your Expertise • The Robot Needs Your Brain

  19. Morning Judging

  20. 2007 FLL Challenge • 2007 Power Puzzle • Est. 105,000 kids worldwide • 10,500 teams (15% growth) • US andCanada • 70,000 kids; 7,000 teams • 260 Qualifying events • 70 Championship tournaments • International • 35,000 kids; 3,500 teams, 38 countries • 130 Qualifying events • 38 Championship tournaments

  21. FLL Challenge History • 2003 Mission Mars • Teams • 5,000 teams • 42,000 kids • 200 tournaments • China, Brazil and South Korea joins FLL International with a Pilot tournaments. • 1998 Pilot • Teams • 1.600 kids • 2 Pilot tournaments • FIRST and LEGO Company pilots the FIRST LEGO League concept. • 2000 Volcanic Panic • Teams • 15.000 kids • 50 tournaments in the USA • FLL International Pilot Tournament in Norway hosted by FIRST Scandinavia. • 2001 Artic Impact • Teams • 18,500 kids • 59 tournaments • FLL International Pilot Tournaments in the UK hosted by Young Technologists and in Germany hosted by Hands-on-Technology. • 1999 FIRST Contact • Teams • 9.500 kids • 9 tournaments in the USA • Official launch of the FIRST LEGO League program in the USA. • 2004 NO Limits • Teams • 6,000 teams • 50,000 kids • 210 tournaments • Japan, South Africa, Turkey and Mexico joins FLL International with a Pilot tournaments. • 2002 City Sights • Teams • 3,001 teams • 27,009 kids • 119 tournaments • France joins FLL International with a Pilot tournament in Paris. Singapore Science Center hosts first official FLL International tournament in Singapore. • 2005 Ocean Odyssey • Teams • 7,460 teams • 60,000 kids worldwide • 56 tournaments (US) • 12 tournaments (outside US & Canada)

  22. FLL Challenge History • 1998: Pilot – 2 Tournaments • 1999: First Contact – Astronauts in Space • 2000: Volcanic Panic – Volcanic Eruption • 2001: Arctic Impact – Arctic Research • 2002: City Sights – Urban Planners • 2003: Mission Mars – Robotic Exploration • 2004: No Limits – World of the Disabled • 2005: Ocean Odyssey – Undersea Ecology • 2006: Nano Quest – Molecular Science • 2007: Power Puzzle - Energy Louisiana Participation

  23. JFLL Challenge History • 2006 Pilot • 3,500 kids ages 6-9 • 702 teams • USand Canada • Geared to children aged 6 to 9 years old • Utilizes a modified FIRST LEGO League (FLL) framework. • Teams of up to 6 children and an adult mentor receive a mini challenge, based on the annual FLL research project. • Uses an open-ended LEGO building set, to design a model depicting an aspect of the FLL Challenge. • Teams spend approximately one month exploring, investigating, designing and building a model made with LEGO bricks. • Teams create a "Show Me" poster that depicts the teams’ experience during this process, through drawings and words.

  24. The FIRST Team Core Values • We are a team • We have fun • We do the work to find the solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors • We honor the spirit of friendly competition • What we discover is more important than what we win • We share our experiences with others • We display gracious professionalism in all we do • Gracious Professionalism: • Gracious attitudes and behaviors that are “win-win” • Gracious folks respect others and let that respect show in their actions • Gracious professionals make a valued contribution in a manner pleasing to others and themselves as they possess special knowledge and are trusted by society to use that knowledge responsibly

  25. Design Rubric • Innovative Design • Strategy, Process, Problem-solving • Locomotion & Navigation • Goes defined distances efficiently • Adjusts speed, position sensing for optimum speed and accuracy • Turns accurately and consistently • Allows for variables (battery discharge, obstacles) • Moves between two points with very good accuracy and consistency • May use various sensors • Programming • Kids do the Work • Structural • Overall Design

  26. Project Rubric • Topic & Language Use • Completeness, Teamwork • Background, Data & Graphics • Analysis & Conclusions • Presentation thoroughly links to research questions • Relevance to FLL theme is clearly stated • Alternative views considered with well-supported position on issues • Conclusions are clearly supported by data • Analysis clearly relates well to research question • Original, important insights are shared • Style

  27. Teamwork & FLL Values Rubric • Roles & Responsibilities • Clearly defined roles • Workload is distributed fairly and team members understand each other’s roles • Team members fill each other’s roles (happily!), if needed • Team members give concrete examples of learning time management • Gracious Professionalism • Problem-solving & Team Dynamics • Confidence & Enthusiasm • FLL Values

  28. FIRST in Louisiana • Building LouisianaScience and Technology • A 501(c)(3) All volunteer across Louisiana & Mississippi • A core of 35 that organizes 100+ volunteers to provide: • FIRSTLEGOLeague • BayouRegionalFIRST Robotics Competition • Educational outreach to mentors and students • Tulane University & University of New Orleans sponsor • Seeking additional corporate and private supporters • Seeking mentors to continue building the vision

  29. FIRST Things For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology • Began 18 years ago (1989) • Expect to reach over 135,000 Students in 2008 • A 501(c)(3) with a small staff at HQ in Manchester, NH • $20M annual operating budget • $9M in scholarships to FIRST participants last year • Over 2000 corporate sponsors • Over 60,000 volunteers world-wide • 5 programs reach every layer of education and industry Sport for the Mind: Combining the excitement of sport with science and technology

  30. FIRST on the Southshore6 FRC; 7 FLL

  31. FLL Challenge History • 2006 NanoQuest • 88,000 kids Worldwide • 8,847 teams • USand Canada • 56,010 kids; 5,601 teams • 250 Qualifying events • 63 Championship tournaments • Worldwide • 32,460 kids; 3,246 teams from 35 countries • 112 Qualifying events • 25 Championship tournaments • Demographics • 70% Boys; 30% Girls

  32. 30 Teams Competed in 2006 • A. E. Phillips Middle School: NanoDawgs • Adams Middle School: Adams Robots • Baker Middle School: Roboraiders; Roboracers • Dighton Prep: Battle Droids • Episcopal High School: Leggo my LEGO • Grace Home Educators: LEGO Maniacs; LEGO Lunatics • Haynes Academy: Team Tech; NeXT Generation • Keithville Middle School: Swamp Eagles • Lake Castle Madisonville: RoboJets Blue; RoboJets Gold • Linwood Middle School: Robocats 1; Robocats 2; Robocats 3 • Louisiana Tech University: NanoDawgs2

  33. 30 Teams Competed in 2006 • McMain Secondary High School: McMain Tech Rays • Meisler Middle School: Meisler Chiefs • Metairie Park Country Day School: Robo Cajuns • Nelson – UNO Charter School: The Rooks • Patrick F. Taylor Science & Tech. Academy: Taylor Robots • Pendergrass Family: GloryBots • Ridgewood Middle School: RoboRaiders • Roosevelt Middle School: Rough Riders • St. Dominic’s School: Molecule Masters; Atoms Family • St. George's Episcopal School: St. George’s #1 • St. James Science & Math Academy: S.M.A.L.L. Synergy

  34. 2006 NanoQuest Awards • Director Award 1st Place: Louisiana Tech University • Director Runner-Up: St. James Science & Math Academy • Robot Design Award 1st Place: St. Dominic’s School • Robot Design Award 2nd Place: Metairie Park Country Day School • Robot Performance Award: Louisiana Tech University • Research Presentation Award 1st Place: Grace Home Educators • Research Presentation Award 2nd Place: Dighton Prep • Teamwork & FLL Values Award 1st Place: A. E. Phillips Middle School • Teamwork & FLL Values Award 2nd Place: St. Dominic’s School • Special Judges Award – Above All Odds: Baker Middle School; Pendergrass Family • Rookie Team Award: Haynes Academy

  35. 17 Teams Competed in 2005 • Adams Middle School: Ocean Tech • Baker Middle School: Terror Squad; Roboracers • Keithville Middle School: Demon Eagles • Linwood Middle School: The Buildaholics; The Robocats • Louise S. McGehee School • Meisler Middle School: Meisler Chiefs • Patrick F. Taylor Science & Tech. Academy: Team 1& 2 • Pineville Middle School / William Pitcher Jr. High: USS DLUECGKO • Riverdale Middle School • Roosevelt Middle School: Rough Riders • Ridgewood Middle School: Bionicle Gladiators • St. Dominic’s School: Sea Dragons • St. George's Episcopal School • St. James Science & Math Academy: S.M.A.L.L. Synergy

  36. 2005-2006 Awards • Director Award 1st Place: Sea Dragons - St. Dominic's School • Director Runner 2nd Place: Louise S. McGehee School • Robot Design Award 1st Place: S.M.A.L.L. Synergy - St. James Science & Math Academy • Robot Design Award 2nd Place: Louise S. McGehee School • Research Presentation Award 1st Place: Ocean Tech - Adams Middle School • Research Presentation Award 2nd Place: Meisler Chiefs - Meisler Middle School • Teamwork & FLL Values Award 1st Place: Terror Squad - Baker Middle School - Team 1 • Teamwork & FLL Values Award 2nd Place: Ocean Tech - Adams Middle School • Robot Performance Award: Bionicle Gladiators - Ridgewood Middle School • Special Judges Award - Outstanding Effort: St. George's Episcopal School • Rookie Team Award: The Robocats - Linwood Middle School - Team 2

  37. FIRST in Jefferson Parish4 FLL; 1 FRC