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Winter Break Mini-Camp: FLL Boot Camp


With season delays and virtual meetings creating extra challenges for the 2020-2021 LEGO League season, BadgerBOTS is providing Winter Break Mini-Camps to better help teams prepare for the Robot Game.

The Mini-Camps are designed to give beginner students a good foundation with the LEGO Mindstorms set and the Robot Game for the RePLAY Season, and help to boost more experienced students to new levels.


1-2 team members attend: A big part of the FLL experience is helping your teammates and sharing knowledge. Students who attend the Mini-Camp will be the newest “robot experts” for their team and should share what they have learned with team members.

Lunch and Learn: On the last day of Mini-Camp, students from all classes can attend a Robot Game Lunch-and-Learn to talk with one of the Wisconsin FLL Referees! Bring your lunch and your questions to the virtual lunchtime.  Wednesday 12:15pm – 1pm

LEGO Mindstorms EV3: We will be using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set for this program. There are other LEGO robots which can be used for FLL competition, but due to the class timeframe and format, we need everyone participating to use the same robot system. If your team is in Dane County: BadgerBOTS has some EV3 Kits available for teams to rent for the RePLAY season. Please visit our Kit Rental page to request and pay for a kit for your team to use.

Computer or Chromebook? Which devices can be used for this camp? For this camp, we will be using the newest version of LEGO Mindstorms Software, EV3 Classroom App v. 1.2.2. Please look at the LEGO Education Webpage to find device requirements and to download the software or app for your device.

Zoom Virtual Sessions: All Mini-Camp Sessions will be held using Zoom. Links and passwords to join will be sent after registration.


Beginner – $50 – Virtual Instruction

The Beginner level is for student who are new to FIRST LEGO League, or who do not have much experience with LEGO Mindstorms EV3.

Goals for the Beginner Level:

  • Build a simple, yet reliable, robot from one of the instruction guides
  • Practice the steps to solving a mission
  • Understand how to plan the robot’s path and translate that plan into block-based code
  • Learn how to transfer code to the robot, test, observe, and make updates to code as needed
  • Gain knowledge of how to troubleshoot the EV3 robot
  • Know the rules of the Robot Game, and practice looking at the rules to answer questions

Class Dates and Times – Click to Register


Next Level/Advanced – $50 – Virtual Instruction

Next Level/Advanced is for students who have some familiarity with the Robot Game and LEGO Mindstorms EV3, but want to go more in depth. Students should know how to program motors to drive the robot, and how to download and run a program on the robot. We will work on increasing accuracy on missions and how to use sensors in this mini-camp.

Goals for the Next Level/Advanced Camp:

  • Build a robot which must have two large motors driving two wheels. This can be from one of the instruction guides or the student’s own design.
  • Practice the steps to solving a mission
  • Understand how to plan the robot’s path and translate that plan into block-based code
  • Further develop the skills to transfer code to the robot, test, observe, and make updates to code as needed
  • Learn to use EV3 sensors (touch, light and ultrasonic) when creating code
  • Advance knowledge of how to troubleshoot the EV3 robot
  • Know the rules of the Robot Game, and practice looking at the rules to answer questions

Class Dates and Times – Click to Register