2017 FIRST Jr. FLL, FLL, and FTC

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FIRST Robotics

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3 Levels of Clarkston Robotics Programs

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Important Dates:

  • June 14:  Informational Meeting

  • June 19-22 and June 26-29:  Optional FLL robotics camps (contact Community Ed for RUSH Robotics Camps)

  • June 30: Online applications due

  • First week in August: Teams are formed (students will be notified by coaches - so the teams can meet a few times over the summer to build the team prior to the kickoff)

  • Late August/Early September: Kickoff for new season through FIRST (FLL = Aug 29, FTC = Sep 9)

  • September - October:  Build/test robot, research/practice solution to FLL’s “World Class Learning Unleashed”

  • Late October - November: Competition (1 weekend - if qualify, go to State)

  • Early December: State tournaments




FIRST Junior Lego League (JrFLL) - grades 1st - 3rd

  • JrFLL teams consist of up to 5 students (grades 1-3), working together to explore a real-world scientific problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. Then they create a Show Me poster that illustrates their journey of discovery and introduces their team. They also construct a motorized model of what they learned using LEGO elements. In the process, teams learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking. At the close of each season, teams come together on a regional basis to share their Show Me poster and model, celebrate, and have fun!

  • This year's theme:  “AQUA ADVENTURE Challenge” - “more than 40,000 children will navigate the uncharted waters of this important resource. Find out where the water you use in your daily life comes from, and what happens on its way to you. Where will this current voyage carry you?” https://www.firstinspires.org/node/3661



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

  • FLL teams consist of kids ages 9-11 years old, working together to design and program a Lego robot to accomplish a variety of challenges (picking, moving, throwing, driving, etc.) related to a theme of Water (in 2017), that the students also research and present on.

  • This year's theme: “Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS this season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16* from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?” https://www.firstinspires.org/node/3461

  • What is FLL video:  https://youtu.be/9qeBFeFyYp0

  • More information about FLL: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll


FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) - grades 6th - 9th

  • FTC teams consist of 10-15 students. It is designed for students in grades 6or7 through 9 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.

  • 11-14 years old (grades 6th or 7th you can start and end by 9th grade) -- FTC (In Michigan, specifically 6th-8th graders) - remote control robots

  • This year’s theme:  “FIRST Relic Recovery”:  Students will have to cover recover lost relics and return them to their rightful place in history!  https://youtu.be/tNPvKb7-3xE

  • What is FTC Video: https://www.youtube.com/user/FIRSTTechChallenge   

  • More information about FTC: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc