Londonderry STEM supports and fosters elementary and middle school robotics in Londonderry by sponsoring FIRST LEGO League Challenge (FLL Challenge) robotics competition teams
Sponsored FLL Challenge teams are coached and hosted by parent volunteers. Londonderry STEM provides funding, registration, equipment, support, guidance, and expertise.
HOW IT WORKS
Each year, in August, FIRST releases a new FLL theme. Teams form to design, build, and program a robot to compete in a series of timed challenges. In addition, teams are required to complete a research project relevant to the year’s theme.
Teams generally consist of about 2-5 students, with 1 or 2 parent coaches. Teams get together about 10 hours per week from August thru November. State qualifying tournaments are held in November, and a state championship in December.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A TEAM
- 1-2 parents to serve as coaches (it’s easy and fun!)
- a space to keep a 4′ x 8′ table set up for 3-4 months, with adequate lighting and space for up to 5 students to work together (a typical family room, dining room or basement area work well)
- availability to host regular, frequent team meetings (3-4 times or about 8-10 hours per week)
- 2-5 students
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS
- Grades 5-8
- Able to participate about 10 hours per week thru December
- Able to work as part of a team
2021 REGISTRATION CLOSED
12-SEP: application deadline
20-SEP: Parents and students mandatory kickoff (LHS)
21-SEP: all teams support meeting (LMS)
28-SEP: all teams support meeting (LMS)
5-OCT: all teams support meeting (LMS)
12-OCT: all teams support meeting (LMS)
19-OCT: all teams support meeting (LMS)
26-OCT: all teams support meeting (LMS)
2-NOV: all teams support meeting (LMS)
9-NOV: all teams support meeting (LMS)
13-NOV: NH regional qualifying tournament (TBD)
Q: As a parent, do I need to be tech-savvy?
A: Absolutely not. We’re here to help.
Q: How many students can you support?
A: Unfortunately, we have limited resources. To make the program enjoyable for all, we will try to accommodate everyone we can.
Q: I have more questions, who should I ask?
A: Send us an email.
Q: How much does this cost?
A: Absolutely no cost to students and parents of the program, thanks to some very generous benefactors. We do ask that you give back with your donation of time and space.