FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS
FIRST LEGO League Robotics
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage students in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce.
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Interested in Participation?
This year’s FIRST LEGO League Robotics program is unlike any other. All team practices will align with the district, county, and state guidelines for distance learning. This means year-end competitions may be remote and the season is extended for additional time and flexibility to adequately prepare for local and remote events.
Please tell us, are you interested in participating in this program?
What’s It Like to Participate?
Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork.
Guided by two or more adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League Robotics teams are assigned a FIRST challenge every robotics season. Working together, students must identify a real-world problem related to the theme (the 2020-21 theme is “RePLAY”) and are challenged to develop a solution.
Students design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® then put the robot to the test to complete challenges on a table-top playing field.
Robotics seasons add up to tons of fun while students apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges.
The 2020-2021 Season
Our Foundation is working closely with the Carlsbad Unified School District to continue to support and manage the FLL robotics during the 2020-21 school year. This includes updated policies for team practices to align with the district, county, and state guidelines for distant learning. To comply with the current orders, CUSD Robotics teams must adhere to the below guidelines for team practices and meetings until further notice:
- Teams will meet virtually every week to work on their projects. All team practices will be held online through Google, Zoom or another virtual format of each team’s choice. Only team members of a single household or family are permitted to meet in the same space at the same time.
- The FTC or FLL Program Coordinator, FLL Site Coordinator or an approved supervisor who has their Activities Supervisor Clearance Certificate (ASCC) and has passed FIRST’s Youth Protection Screening must be present for all team practices.
- Specific program-related equipment (i.e. robots and computers) will be available for registered team members to check out to use while practices are being held virtually.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
Robotics Team Coordinators
Meeting Location: Aviara Oaks Elementary, Room 902
- Aviara Oaks Middle School
- Aviara Oaks Elementary
- Pacific Rim Elementary
- Poinsettia Elementary
Meeting Location: Jefferson Elementary, Room 708
- Valley Middle School
- Buena Vista Elementary
- Jefferson Elementary
- Magnolia Elementary
Meeting Location: Calavera Hills Middle School, Room TBD
- Calavera Hills Middle School
- Calavera Hills Elementary
- Hope Elementary
Meeting Location: Kelly Elementary School, Room TBD
- Kelly Elementary
2020-21 CUSD Robotics FAQ
Has FIRST changed the schedule for the 2020-21 Robotics Season?
Yes, due to COVID, the Southern California Robotics League has tentatively moved the Qualifying Tournament (QT) events to at least January 2021. These QT events will be remote tournaments which will involve the teams recording their presentations and robot game. These presentations will then be submitted to the judges via dropbox. Sign up for the QT events is scheduled to begin October 1st.
What are the requirements to join an FTC or FLL robotics team for the 2020-21 school year?
- FTC: High school students interested in participating on an FTC team will need to visit www.carlsbaded.org/robotics/ftc for information and to submit their application.
- FLL: Middle (6th-8th) and elementary (1st-5th) school students interested in participating on an FLL team will need to complete an application and a beginning robotics course if they have not previously participated on a team. Applications should be available the week of October 5th at www.carlsbaded.org/robotics.
- All team members must complete registration with CEF.
Am I able to participate in FTC at my home school if I’m currently enrolled in Carlsbad Seaside Academy?
Yes, absolutely. Please complete the application as mentioned above.
How will FTC and FLL teams meet and practice at this time?
- All team practices will be held online through Google, Zoom or another virtual format of each team’s choice.
- Only team members of a single household or family are permitted to meet in the same space at the same time.
- An approved supervisor must be present at all team meetings or practices.
- Robotics equipment will be available for registered team members to check out during virtual practices.
Will FTC and FLL robotics teams be able to meet in person when school is back in session? What guidelines will the teams need to follow?
CEF will provide detailed information on in-person team meetings when and if students are able to attend school in-person. The in-person team meeting guidelines will follow CUSD, county and state guidelines that are in place at that time.
What is considered an “official virtual remote meeting”?
A meeting that is held remote on a platform such as zoom where attendance is taken, and a program coordinator or supervisor is present.
Why are other non-CUSD teams able to meet off-site at this time?
CUSD is following the current health order effective September 1st that prohibits public or private gatherings.
CEF Robotics Programs
All FIRST® LEGO® robotics programs in the Carlsbad Unified School District are funded by the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. CEF Invests nearly $150,000 annually in robotics for CUSD students. This includes:
- Second-Grade Robotics: In-class program for all 2nd-grade students
- FLL Robotics: After-school program for grades 4-8
- FTC Robotics: After-school program for grades 9-12
The total cost for the 2nd-grade robotics program is a minimum $50,000 investment. The total cost for each FLL team member to participate in the program is approximately $900 per year. The total cost for each FTC team member to participate in the program is approximately $450 per year.