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Fall Robotics Teams: FIRST LEGO League

What is FLL?

FLL stands for FIRST LEGO League and is a team-based robotics competition for 4th-8th grade students. Students demonstrate their Teamwork and Core Values, present their Project, and compete in the Robot Competition at the local tournament.

How long is the season?

Typically from the end of August through mid-November. Teams may qualify for the next level of competition and continue on to Sectionals and State tournaments in winter and early spring.

Important Dates for FIRST LEGO League 2017 (Grades 4-8)

All parent and coaches training events to be held at the BadgerBOTS Education Center (BEC), 7615 Discover Drive, Middleton, WI, 53562

  • Parent Informational Meetings For families who are new to LEGO League and want to learn more. Choose one to attend.
    • Sunday, August 13 2:00 – 3:30 PM
    • Wednesday, August 16 6:00 – 7:30 PM
    • Thursday, August 24 6:00 – 7:30 PM
    • Monday, September 11 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • FIRST LEGO League Kickoff event at Memorial High School – EVERYONE in FLL attends!
    • Tuesday, August 29
      • 6:30 PM FIRST LEGO League Rules Review
      • 7:00 Missions Reveal
      • 7:30 Team Formation and Registration

The Kickoff event will be at Memorial High School, on the west side, enter through the planetarium entrance on Gammon Rd, go forward 150 feet to the second large space and look for all the people!

  • Team Formation Meetings For families looking to find others and form a team. Meetings @ BadgerBOTS Education Center
    • At Kick Off
    • Sunday, September 10 4:30 PM
    • Monday, September 18 6 PM
    • Wednesday, September 20 6 PM
    • Can’t attend a meeting? Add your information to our online form
  • Coach Training Meetings Coaches, assistant Coaches, and parents are invited to learn the basics of FLL and how to ensure your team has a great season.
    • Sunday, September 10   2 – 4 PM.
    • Thursday, September 14  6 – 8 PM
    • Saturday, September 23 2 – 4 PM

What is the time commitment?

The level of participation is up to coaches, team members, and parents to determine, but we suggest one to two weekly meetings through the season. Teams can meet at a team member’s home, in a library or classroom, or at BadgerBOTS. The BadgerBOTS Education Center (BEC) will be open 3 – 8 PM Monday – Friday and 9 AM – 4 PM Saturdays for teams to meet for practice. We recommend a minimum of two 1.5 hour team meetings a week. The adult coaches and mentors must be present for all meetings at the BEC. Teams need not always meet at the BEC, but robot field sets, mentors, and technical help will be available there while the facility is open.

How much does it cost?

$175 per child for FIRST LEGO League, $75 per child for FIRST LEGO League Junior. Limited scholarships are available.

How can I learn more?

Attend one of the Parent Information Nights at BadgerBOTS:

  • Sunday, August 13 2:00 – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 16 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 24 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Monday, September 11 6 – 7:30 PM

How do I register my student?

If you plan to coach your child, or your child already has a coach – Click on Sign Up
If you are interested in joining a team – Click on Looking for a team?