Competition Team Robotics
Every year at Waybright, we train one to two robotics teams to compete in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics competition. During the training session, team members work with experienced tutors to develop their competition skills and delve deeper into programming, engineering, problem solving, and teamwork. Students who have worked with us in the past or have been recognized as team players are invited to join. If you haven't been invited and would like to be considered, ask us for the application.
What is FIRST Lego League?
FIRST Lego League hosts worldwide robotics competitions for kids in ages 9-14. The Regional Competition, which we will attend, invites the two top scoring teams to state, then on to nationals. The competition consists of three categories that teams are scored on: the robotics challenge, project, and core values.
In the robotics challenge, the team must must design, build, program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field. In addition to learning programming skills, they must problem solve to find the best way to rack up points within a time limit.
For the project, teams must research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. Our coaches will guide the students on proper research and project building practices. To enrich our team's project and experience, we ask that they find an expert in the field, and reach out to have a discussion. In the past, we've discussed with firefighters, scientists, and more!
The last element of scoring is Core Values, a set of protocols that develops teamwork, good sportsmanship, and mutual respect. It is the foundation of the FLL Competition, and we incorporate these concepts into our meetings. Team members will often engage in team building activities and challenges, which develop strong friendships between members.
Mandatory Parent Information Meeting
This is a meeting to learn all about the competition, and what to expect once your child is on the team. All are welcome to attend. During the meeting students can bring homework, play on computers, socialize or begin work on the competition.
FLL Regional Competition
Late Nov. to Early Dec.
The one day event date will be determined once it is released by FLL.
Each team meets twice a week or 4 hours per week total. Meetings are usually every Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, and every Sunday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. We do not meet on federal holidays or breaks. If we're closed on a meeting day (such as Fall Break), that meeting day is rescheduled for a different date. If the team makes it to the state competition, like last year, keep in mind that additional meetings will be scheduled. If you join the team, you will be given a binder with meeting dates and additional info.
A one time registration fee of due when your child has been accepted as a part of the Waybright Team. This covers 4 hours of lessons a week, a parent information meeting, regional competition tournament fees and registration, a team shirt, open work time for veteran team members, and competition equipment. Per hour, the robotics team tuition is at least 50% less than we charge in our courses.