COMPETITION TEAMS (AUG-DEC)
Londonderry STEM supports and fosters elementary and middle school robotics in Londonderry by sponsoring and facilitating parent-run, community 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.
FIRST releases a new FLL theme every August. 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
READY TO START A TEAM?
Q: As a parent, do I need to be tech-savvy?
A: Absolutely not. We’re here to help. All you need is time and a willingness to learn!
Q: How many students can you support?
A: Unfortunately, we have limited resources. 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.
SUMMER PROGRAM (JUL-AUG)
Get ready for FIRST LEGO League!
Thinking about participating on one of the Londonderry FIRST LEGO League Challenge robotics competition teams? Get a head start by participating in this fun, exciting, hands-on STEM program. In a simulated FIRST LEGO League Challenge “season”, you’ll learn to design and build a fully functional robot, develop all the software needed to operate the robot, research and present on a topic, and compete with other robots.
Students will work in small “teams” of 3-4 students, along with adult and LHS Robotics team student coaches.
Day 1: FLL overview; Competition introduction; Robot drive mechanisms
Day 2: Programming; Project design
Day 3: Design and build attachments; Project creation
Day 4: Drive and attachment integration; Programming; Project completion
Day 5: Testing and refining completed robot; Test robot “missions”; Project presentation rehearsal
Day 6: Mini-competition; Project presentations
2024 SUMMER PROGRAM
To be announced in 2024