2FIRST LEGO League Ireland Organisers Director: Bernard Kirk
3Many thanks to our corporate sponsor: SAP provides mentors who act as judges as well as financial support and prize money
4FIRST® For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Founded by American inventor Dean Kamen in 1989
5FIRST Competitions FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) (University level using any parts)FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)(16yrs+ using Mindstorms kits and/or other parts)FIRST LEGO League (FLL)(9-16yrs using Mindstorms kit)Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL)(6 – 9yrs using Mechanism kit)
6FIRST MissionTo create a world where science and technology are celebrated, where young people dream of becoming a science and technology hero.
7FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Formed in 1998.Aimed at 9-16 year old studentsUtilises LEGO NXT/Mindstorms sets to build robotsRobots programmed to compete in 2.5 minute gameResearch project element themed with each year's game
8FLL Core Values We are a team. We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.We honour 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 everything we do.We have fun.
1061+ countries represented Teams consist of 5 to 10 members max FIRST® LEGO® League 2012/13 Info200,000+ competitors in 2011/1261+ countries representedTeams consist of 5 to 10 members maxOverall winner of Irish Final on 19th Jan 2013 qualifies for 2013 Open European Champinship
14The FLL Challenge:Core ValuesProjectRobot DesignRobot Game
15Champion’s Award Judging At an official event judges will look for balanced, strong performance across all 3 areas; Core Values, Robot Design and Project.These are weighted equally to determine the initial group of Champion’s Award candidates. All Champion’s Award candidates must also score in the top 40% of all teams participating in the Robot Game at the event.Final determination of the award winner(s) is based on a vote of the full judging panel.
16Core Values Core Values judged on: Gracious Professionalism Teamwork InspirationConsult Combined Judging Rubrics in the Resources section of the Robotics Ireland website:
18Research ProjectYou must explain in your presentation how you completed all THREE parts of the project:Identify a problemCreate a solutionShare the information with the communityTotal length of project presentation should be no more than five minutes including any setup time.Consult SENIOR SOLUTIONS Challenge in the Resources section of the Robotics Ireland website:
19Must demonstrate all 3 parts of the project. Students can use any format they wish e.g. posters, PowerPoint, DVD, role play/drama etc.5 minutes MAXIMUM.Must demonstrate all 3 parts of the project.All team members should try to actively participate.After the presentation judges may question ANY member(s) of the presenting group. Consult Combined Judging Rubrics in the Resources section of the Robotics Ireland website:
21Robot DesignDesignate a number of team members with the design, construction and programming of a suitable robot.Robot Design is judged on:Mechanical DesignProgrammingStrategy & InnovationConsult SENIOR SOLUTIONS Challenge in the Resources section of the Robotics Ireland website:
23Initially, have team members complete all 39 tutorials in the Robot Educator section of the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education NXT software supplied in the kit.Successful robots have efficient attachments that are well built and easily changed during the game.Many of the tasks can only be consistently completed by robots that use sensors in order that the robot knows where it is on the table.NOTE: If a mission runs OK on a number of occasions and then malfunctions, it is not the program that is at fault, it is most likely a mechanical problem e.g. loose parts etc.
24Robot GameSort the LEGO model pieces partially before starting by colour.The pieces are not already sorted i.e. each pre-packed bag is not for a specific model. Assign 2 or 3 students to build the models.Model plans can easily be followed on screen without the necessity for colour printing.Place models on table using with reference to the instructions in SENIOR SOLUTIONS Challenge PDF located in the Resources section of the Robotics Ireland website:
25Study the SENIOR SOLUTIONS Challenge PDF document carefully ! Study the SENIOR SOLUTIONS Challenge PDF document carefully !Be very familiar with the requirements and scoring of each mission.Robot Game is 2.5 minutes duration and designed so that it is not possible to get a maximum score!For updates of rules and mission queries consult the Robot Game Updates webpage at:
262 tables are placed side by side during competition.
27Robot Games are operated as follows during the Irish Final: Robot Games are operated as follows during the Irish Final:Teams compete in 3 preliminary roundsTop 8 go through to play-offs based on best score of 3 roundsOnly LEGO components may be used2 team members ONLY may be at the table during a gameReferees will indicate how they have scored at end of gameTeam members should display gracious professionalismReferees decision is finalPractice tables are available in timed slots
301st Place in Open European Championship Core Value Award Mannheim, Germany, June 2012
31Links FLL Global Website: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/ FLL Global YouTube Channel:SENIOR SOLUTIONS Robot Game Missions Explained Video:FIRST Promo Video:FLL Open European Championship Mannheim Germany Video: