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2017–2018 Challenge: Hydro Dynamics

On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. In the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, students age 9 to 16* from 80 countries will make a splash with HYDRO DYNAMICS. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water?

Details about the upcoming season will be posted on August 29, 2017. In the meantime, be sure to check out the official FIRST teaser video!

Official FLL Events

2017–2018 FLL-Related Upcoming Events

FCA FLL HYDRO DYNAMICS Robot Games Scrimmage

November 4, 2017
12pm - 5pm
Fellowship Christian Academy
Register here.

Fellowship Christian Academy will be hosting a 20-team FLL Hydro Dynamics Robot Games Scrimmage. Sign-up is first come, first served and will open Friday, October 13th @ 9:00am.  Visit the FCA Robotics website for additional information and to sign-up.

3rd Annual Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Scrimmage

November 4, 2017
8am-1pm
Grapevine Middle School
Register here.

The collective FLL Robotics Teams of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD are hosting a Scrimmage. You can begin reserving spots on October 21, 2017 at 9:00 am.  There will be slots open to 23 FLL Teams outside of the GCISD District teams and a total of 36 teams competing. Registration opens October 21, 2017 at 9 am and closes October 28, 2017 at 5 pm or when all 23 available slots are filled, whichever comes first.

Anyone, including teams and coaches who do not want to compete, but want to see how competitions work and what other teams are doing, is welcome to attend as well. If you would like to attend in this non-competitive capacity, please contact Nate Dunn directly for planning purposes. Additionally, if you have any other questions or concerns, or want to come and observe but not compete, please contact our Scrimmage Site Coordinator: Nate Dunn at nate.dunn@gcisd.net

This will be a Robot Games only Scrimmage- there will be no judging sessions for Project, Core Values, or Robot Design.

STEAM WORKS Gearing up Students for FLL Jr. and FLL Championship

November 4, 2017
10am-12pm every Saturday for 3 months
Steam Works Studio Irving
Register here.

This program is $179 per month.

STEAM WORKS team embraces Robotics challenges, we have well experienced and professional staff to teach and train kids aspiring towards FLL championship, providing all required equipment including LEGO kits, laptops, stationary & other material including a T-Shirt.

Our coaches would help kids in different areas like design, programming, core values, basic engineering concepts & technology updates. Email steamirving@elitekidzacademy.com or call 972.746.4493.

Grand Saline Middle School Scrimmage

November 11, 2017
Grand Saline Middle School
Register here.

The entry fee is $25 per team. 

Limited to 20-24 teams. The GSMS scrimmages include robot game AND judging sessions to simulate a real qualifier.

Rookie teams(teams that are totally new to FLL or made of a majority of members new to FLL) are highly encouraged to sign up and will be given space priority.  Rookie teams, who would normally be unprepared and face higher rates of 1st round elimination, excelled in 1st and 2nd round contests.  Several made it to the Championship in February as well.  Knowing what to expect when you are new to FLL, will greatly benefit your team in real competitions.  We at GS Robotics are pleased to provide this learning opportunity to the North Texas FLL region again this year.

Teams will participate in three to four rounds of robot game, core values judging, and robot design judging.  Project judging entry will be offered to teams that want to participate.  Teams will be contacted prior to the scrimmage to sign up for project judging.  Core value boards and robot design summaries will be evaluated in those judging areas, if ready.  They are not required for the scrimmage, but teams are highly encouraged to have them ready.  They are required for official events this year in our region.

Once the number of team entries have been reached, a wait list will become active on the registration site.  

This is also a great opportunity for judge and referee training.  If you are interested in volunteering as a worker, judge, referee, or want to come to be trained as a judge/referee contact myoung@grandsalineisd.net directly.  These scrimmages are ideal for on the job judge and referee training.  If you have ever wanted to train to be a judge/referee or want a refresher, you are highly encouraged to come.  Again, email Michael Young training materials and details on how these events can certify you for judging/refereeing regional events.  We need more coaches in the region to be willing to do this.  Plus, it benefits your teams through the knowledge gained.

Grand Saline Middle School Scrimmage

November 18, 2017
Grand Saline Middle School
Register here.

The entry fee is $25 per team. 

Limited to 20-24 teams. The GSMS scrimmages include robot game AND judging sessions to simulate a real qualifier.

Rookie teams(teams that are totally new to FLL or made of a majority of members new to FLL) are highly encouraged to sign up and will be given space priority.  Rookie teams, who would normally be unprepared and face higher rates of 1st round elimination, excelled in 1st and 2nd round contests.  Several made it to the Championship in February as well.  Knowing what to expect when you are new to FLL, will greatly benefit your team in real competitions.  We at GS Robotics are pleased to provide this learning opportunity to the North Texas FLL region again this year.

Teams will participate in three to four rounds of robot game, core values judging, and robot design judging.  Project judging entry will be offered to teams that want to participate.  Teams will be contacted prior to the scrimmage to sign up for project judging.  Core value boards and robot design summaries will be evaluated in those judging areas, if ready.  They are not required for the scrimmage, but teams are highly encouraged to have them ready.  They are required for official events this year in our region.

Once the number of team entries have been reached, a wait list will become active on the registration site.  

This is also a great opportunity for judge and referee training.  If you are interested in volunteering as a worker, judge, referee, or want to come to be trained as a judge/referee contact myoung@grandsalineisd.net directly.  These scrimmages are ideal for on the job judge and referee training.  If you have ever wanted to train to be a judge/referee or want a refresher, you are highly encouraged to come.  Again, email Michael Young training materials and details on how these events can certify you for judging/refereeing regional events.  We need more coaches in the region to be willing to do this.  Plus, it benefits your teams through the knowledge gained.

FLYSET Scrimmage

November 19, 2017
QD Academy
Register here.

FLYSET.org and affiliated FTC teams 12810 (QuantumX) and 8565 (TechnicBots) are hosting an FLL scrimmage for local FLL teams to test out their robots on playing fields and get hyped for the upcoming FLL qualifiers. The aim of this event is to give FLL teams a taste of what a competition is like and give them a chance to learn from other teams.

The scrimmage will consist of Robot Games only and each team will participate in a minimum of 3 matches. Due to resource limits, a maximum of 16 teams will be allowed to participate in the scrimmage. Sign-up is first come first serve.

Competition fields and mission models will be supplied. We greatly appreciate FLL team 31485 (Lego Maniacs) and FLL team 31452(Terminator) for providing the competition mission models. Teams CAN bring their own fields and/or models in their pit area in addition to their robot kits and their laptops, but space is very limited. One charging station will be setup to charge the robots and laptops (Not cellphones).

All teams should also bring printed team roster page to confirm team members’ online waiver status.

 Light Concessions (soda, chips, candy, water etc.) will be available for purchase. Cash only. Please do not eat in the the gym.

STEAM WORKS Gearing up Students for FLL Jr. and FLL Championship

December 2, 2017
10am-12pm every Saturday for 3 months
Steam Works Studio Irving
Register here.

This program is $179 per month.

STEAM WORKS team embraces Robotics challenges, we have well experienced and professional staff to teach and train kids aspiring towards FLL championship, providing all required equipment including LEGO kits, laptops, stationary & other material including a T-Shirt.

Our coaches would help kids in different areas like design, programming, core values, basic engineering concepts & technology updates. Email steamirving@elitekidzacademy.com or call 972.746.4493.

STEAM WORKS Gearing up Students for FLL Jr. and FLL Championship

January 6, 2018
10am-12pm every Saturday for 3 months
Steam Works Studio Irving
Register here.

This program is $179 per month.

STEAM WORKS team embraces Robotics challenges, we have well experienced and professional staff to teach and train kids aspiring towards FLL championship, providing all required equipment including LEGO kits, laptops, stationary & other material including a T-Shirt.

Our coaches would help kids in different areas like design, programming, core values, basic engineering concepts & technology updates. Email steamirving@elitekidzacademy.com or call 972.746.4493.

STEAM WORKS Gearing up Students for FLL Jr. and FLL Championship

February 3, 2018
10am-12pm every Saturday for 3 months
Steam Works Studio Irving
Register here.

This program is $179 per month.

STEAM WORKS team embraces Robotics challenges, we have well experienced and professional staff to teach and train kids aspiring towards FLL championship, providing all required equipment including LEGO kits, laptops, stationary & other material including a T-Shirt.

Our coaches would help kids in different areas like design, programming, core values, basic engineering concepts & technology updates. Email steamirving@elitekidzacademy.com or call 972.746.4493.

STEAM WORKS Gearing up Students for FLL Jr. and FLL Championship

March 3, 2018
10am-12pm every Saturday for 3 months
Steam Works Studio Irving
Register here.

This program is $179 per month.

STEAM WORKS team embraces Robotics challenges, we have well experienced and professional staff to teach and train kids aspiring towards FLL championship, providing all required equipment including LEGO kits, laptops, stationary & other material including a T-Shirt.

Our coaches would help kids in different areas like design, programming, core values, basic engineering concepts & technology updates. Email steamirving@elitekidzacademy.com or call 972.746.4493.


Previous Events:

Youth Robotics Fair

May 21, 2017, 2–4pm
QD Academy
Youth Robotics Fair info here

FTC team 8565 Technicbots is proud to announce its hosting of the 3rd annual Youth Robotics Fair. This event will take place on 5/21/2017 at QD Academy. There will be many robotics related activities at the fair. One of the sub-events of the Youth Robotics Fair will be the BYOR (Bring Your Own Robot) events. These will be fun activities for FLL teams with their team robots. Make sure to check out the rule details at the registration website.

The robo sumo challenge is an extremely exciting battle between two robots to see who is the better robo wrestler! Join other students in a sumo wrestling tournament where robots will be clashing to bump each other out of the sumo wrestling ring.

The line follower challenge is a programming challenge that will utilize the color/light sensor of the robot. An intricate line course will be setup for competitors. Although there are no clashes between robots, this will be an extreme battle of speed to see whose robot can dash to the finish line the quickest. Competitors will have to create their perfect robot, adapt to lighting situations, and alter their program to allow for faster line following.

In addition, all participants get chance to drive the world class FTC robot at the event. Technicbots Robot ranked #4 in Jemsion division at Houston World Championship last month. The team is 3rd seed alliance captain team in the semifinal matches, the best performance Texas team at World championship.

All of these are free for participants. There are prizes for winners and raffle tickets for prizes too.

UTD Summer Training Workshops

June 26-29, 2017, 9am-12pm
The University of Texas at Dallas
Summer Camp Information here

Calling all FIRST LEGO League coaches, mentors, and educators! Come brush up on your knowledge & skills during the summer break and hear proven tips for improving team performance. 

UT-Dallas is once again offering summer training workshops for coaches and teachers where attendees get hands-on experience building and programming LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots.  Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Patrick Michaud, renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of 4 morning sessions offered at $30 per workshop (thus $120 to attend all four workshops).  UTD will provide the robot materials, computers, and software to be used during the sessions.  Space is limited and registration is required -- registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Specific session topics for the FLL workshops include:

Day 1: Intro to FLL and Robot Build (9a-noon)

  • Introduction to FLL and season overview
  • LEGO Mindstorms components
  • Basic robot building concepts
  • Assemble and test prototype robot

Day 2: Beginning FLL Programming (9a-noon)

  • Introduce Mindstorms EV3 software
  • Robot navigation concepts
  • Sensors for detecting lines, borders, colors
  • Creating “My Blocks”

Day 3: Chassis, Attachments, Programming (9a-noon)

  • Review common game challenges
  • Intermediate robot building principles
  • Techniques for more competitive robots
  • Common attachment types and features
  • Intermediate programming: My Blocks, loop and sensor blocks, gyro-based navigation

Day 4: Programming and Tournament Prep (9a-noon)

  • Programming: line following, testing
  • Tournament overview
  • Tips for improving success in Core Values, Project, and Robot Design judging
Brick Fiesta Public Exhibition

July 1, 2017, 10am–4pm
July 2, 2017, 11am–3pm
Mesquite Convention Center
Brick Fiesta Public Exhibition info here

Brick Fiesta is a 4 day family oriented LEGO fan convention with the last two days for public exhibition.  This year we have 35,000 sq. ft. of LEGO displays and LEGO challenges and activities.

Classroom Robotics for Teachers Grades 4th–8th

July 10-14, 2017, 9am–4pm
Southern Methodist University
Information here

This one-week training provides an introduction to using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 System in a classroom setting or on a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team. Participants will learn the basics of EV3 programming and building. They will receive curriculum materials to use in the classroom and be introduced to strategies for running and managing a robotics team. 

Register here!

MGPMRC Robotics Trash Trek Robotics Camp

July 10-13, 2017, 10am-2pm
Summer Camp Information here

MGPMRC Robotics will be hosting camps for students new to Mindstorms and First Lego League! Camps will serve as our team’s primary fundraiser for the year. We are located in North Oak Cliff, near the Bishop Arts District. 

Students (ages 9-14) will work in pairs to: build a robot, program movement, achieve more consistent programs with sensors (gyroscope, sonic, color, and touch), use loops and switches – and so much more! After completing training exercises, campers will apply their skills to Lego Education/First Lego League challenge missions. Students will leave with a USB stick of all their programs.

At least one MGPMRC Robotics team member will assist with each camp. Participants are limited to six (6) per session to maximize hands-on learning. Cost: $125.00. 

MGPMRC Robotics World Class Robotics Camp

July 17-20, 2017, 10am-2pm
Summer Camp Information here

MGPMRC Robotics will be hosting camps for students new to Mindstorms and First Lego League! Camps will serve as our team’s primary fundraiser for the year. We are located in North Oak Cliff, near the Bishop Arts District. 

Students (ages 9-14) will work in pairs to: build a robot, program movement, achieve more consistent programs with sensors (gyroscope, sonic, color, and touch), use loops and switches – and so much more! After completing training exercises, campers will apply their skills to Lego Education/First Lego League challenge missions. Students will leave with a USB stick of all their programs.

At least one MGPMRC Robotics team member will assist with each camp. Participants are limited to six (6) per session to maximize hands-on learning. Cost: $125.00. 

UTD Summer Training Workshops

August 7-10, 2017, 9am-12pm
The University of Texas at Dallas
Summer Camp Information here

Calling all FIRST LEGO League coaches, mentors, and educators! Come brush up on your knowledge & skills during the summer break and hear proven tips for improving team performance. 

UT-Dallas is once again offering summer training workshops for coaches and teachers where attendees get hands-on experience building and programming LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots.  Sessions are facilitated by Dr. Patrick Michaud, renowned FIRST coach with several world-ranked teams.

Workshops will consist of 4 morning sessions offered at $30 per workshop (thus $120 to attend all four workshops).  UTD will provide the robot materials, computers, and software to be used during the sessions.  Space is limited and registration is required -- registrations will generally be taken on a first-come first-served basis.

Specific session topics for the FLL workshops include:

Day 1: Intro to FLL and Robot Build (9a-noon)

  • Introduction to FLL and season overview
  • LEGO Mindstorms components
  • Basic robot building concepts
  • Assemble and test prototype robot

Day 2: Beginning FLL Programming (9a-noon)

  • Introduce Mindstorms EV3 software
  • Robot navigation concepts
  • Sensors for detecting lines, borders, colors
  • Creating “My Blocks”

Day 3: Chassis, Attachments, Programming (9a-noon)

  • Review common game challenges
  • Intermediate robot building principles
  • Techniques for more competitive robots
  • Common attachment types and features
  • Intermediate programming: My Blocks, loop and sensor blocks, gyro-based navigation

Day 4: Programming and Tournament Prep (9a-noon)

  • Programming: line following, testing
  • Tournament overview
  • Tips for improving success in Core Values, Project, and Robot Design judging
MGPMRC Robotics Robotics Building and Engineering Camp

August 7-10, 2017, 10am-2pm
Summer Camp Information here

MGPMRC Robotics will be hosting camps for students new to Mindstorms and First Lego League! Camps will serve as our team’s primary fundraiser for the year. We are located in North Oak Cliff, near the Bishop Arts District. 

Students (ages 9-14) will work in pairs to: build a robot, program movement, achieve more consistent programs with sensors (gyroscope, sonic, color, and touch), use loops and switches – and so much more! After completing training exercises, campers will apply their skills to Lego Education/First Lego League challenge missions. Students will leave with a USB stick of all their programs.

At least one MGPMRC Robotics team member will assist with each camp. Participants are limited to six (6) per session to maximize hands-on learning. Cost: $125.00. 

MGPMRC Robotics NASA Mission to Mars Robotics Camp

August 14-17, 2017, 10am-2pm
Summer Camp Information here

MGPMRC Robotics will be hosting camps for students new to Mindstorms and First Lego League! Camps will serve as our team’s primary fundraiser for the year. We are located in North Oak Cliff, near the Bishop Arts District. 

Students (ages 9-14) will work in pairs to: build a robot, program movement, achieve more consistent programs with sensors (gyroscope, sonic, color, and touch), use loops and switches – and so much more! After completing training exercises, campers will apply their skills to Lego Education/First Lego League challenge missions. Students will leave with a USB stick of all their programs.

At least one MGPMRC Robotics team member will assist with each camp. Participants are limited to six (6) per session to maximize hands-on learning. Cost: $125.00. 

FLL Kick Off/Team Dynamics Clinic

September 9, 2017, 1:30-4:30 pm
Williams High School
Pre-Register here!

FLL Kick Off/Team Dynamic Clinics are intended for coaches and mentors ONLY.

This event is free!

 What are the Kickoffs?

  • These are introductory meetings/presentations where we go over many things you’ll need to know about participating in FLL this season.
  • There are at least two Kickoff sessions each season. Each coach/mentor only needs to go to one, and it doesn’t matter which one.  Rookie and veteran coaches are welcome at both events.
  • These are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for new coaches/mentors.
  • We will go over exactly how the events and competitions run (rules, policies, what to expect), and there will be Robot Game tables and fields set up with experts there to explain the Robot Game missions and rules.
  • It’s a great opportunity to meet the North Texas FLL community, get your questions answered in person, and figure out exactly what will be happening for us this season.
FLL Kick Off/Team Dynamics Clinics
  • September 16, 2017, 1-5 pm
    Fellowship Christian Academy
    Pre-Register here
  • September 16, 2017, 10am-12:30pm
    Benbrook Public Library
    Pre-Register here.

FLL Kick Off/Team Dynamic Clinics are intended for coaches and mentors ONLY.

This event is free!

What are the Kickoffs?

  • These are introductory meetings/presentations where we go over many things you’ll need to know about participating in FLL this season.
  • There are at least two Kickoff sessions each season. Each coach/mentor only needs to go to one, and it doesn’t matter which one.  Rookie and veteran coaches are welcome at both events.
  • These are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, especially for new coaches/mentors.
  • We will go over exactly how the events and competitions run (rules, policies, what to expect), and there will be Robot Game tables and fields set up with experts there to explain the Robot Game missions and rules.
  • It’s a great opportunity to meet the North Texas FLL community, get your questions answered in person, and figure out exactly what will be happening for us this season.
UTD Clinic – Chassis Building and Attachments

September 23, 2017
9am - 12pm
The University of Texas at Dallas
Registration is required.

This clinic is for coaches/mentors and up to TWO (2) team members.

This event is free!

UT-Dallas Science and Engineering Education Center (UTD/SEEC) will be hosting a clinic on FLL chassis building and attachments.  The clinic will start with an overview of the LEGO building pieces most commonly used for building FLL robots, and then present the design principles important to developing a good chassis and efficient Robot Game execution. The clinic will then demonstrate a wide variety of attachment types and mounting options.
Room details and parking information will be mailed to all registered participants.

For more information about the event, please contact Patrick Michaud at pmichaud@pobox.com.

Ft. Worth FLL Chassis Build and Attachments Clinic

September 30, 2017
10am - 1pm
Benbrook Public Library
Registration is required.

This clinic is for coaches/mentors and up to TWO (2) team members.

This event is free!

North Texas FIRST Lego League (FLL) will be hosting a clinic on FLL chassis building and attachments at the Benbrook Public Library.  The clinic will start with an overview of the LEGO building pieces most commonly used for building FLL robots, and then present the design principles important to developing a good chassis and efficient Robot Game execution. The clinic will then demonstrate a wide variety of attachment types and mounting options.

For more information about the event, please contact Joe Varnell at jvarnell@firstinspires.org.

Clinic at Benbook Public Library

October 14, 2017
10am - 5pm
Benbrook Public Library
Registration is required.

This clinic is for coaches/mentors and up to TWO (2) team members.

This event is free!

North Texas FIRST Lego League (FLL) will be holding clinics on programming Mindstorms for FIRST LEGO League.   The clinics are offered all day, with a beginning programming clinic from 10a-1p and intermediate programming clinic from 2p-5p.

In each clinic session we will provide opportunities for attendees to try some (not all) exercises using their own robots and laptops.  Since the venue space will be limited, we will have to limit exercises. We won’t be providing any robots or laptops at the clinics, you need to bring your own if you want to do that.  Be sure your laptops and robots are fully charged, as there may not be power outlets available.  Also make sure your laptop has the EV3 Mindstorms software already installed on it, and that you’ve been able to get it to communicate with your robot (e.g., with a USB cable).  Even if you’re using an NXT robot, we recommend using the EV3 software to program it.

If you don’t have a robot already, we recommend building the “Educator Vehicle (with attachments)” for the clinics.  This is the robot typically used for demonstrations.  The instructions for this build are included in the EV3 Education Kit, and you can also find a PDF download at the top of http://robotsquare.com/2013/10/01/education-ev3-45544-instruction/ .

Of course, don’t feel as though you need to bring a laptop and robot to the clinics.  Many coaches and members have found that it’s much easier to just watch, listen, take notes, and ask questions.  And it’s always helpful to have people around who can help troubleshoot others’ programs and robots.

In each clinic there is a lot of material to cover in a short period of time, so please arrive on-time and be prepared that we’ll be proceeding at a fairly good pace.

Beginning Programming topics

  • Overview of EV3 Programming environment and programming basics
  • Motor block basics — moving forward and backward
  • Turning using a gyro sensor (EV3 robots only)
  • Using “port view” and “view mode” to see sensor values
  • Detecting lines, borders, and colors
  • Simple My Blocks (creating blocks for turning and missions)

Intermediate Programming topics

  • Programming and robot game strategy
  • Loops and sensor blocks
  • Moving along a heading with gyros
  • Line following / edge following
  • Specifying distances in centimeters
  • Understanding navigation error

Also, Builderdude35 created a YouTube video about using the gyro for driving the robot.

For more information about these clinics, please contact Joe Varnell at jvarnell@firstinspires.org .

UTD Clinics – FLL Programming

October 21, 2017
9am - 4pm
The University of Texas at Dallas
Registration is required.

This clinic is for coaches/mentors and up to TWO (2) team members.

This event is free!

UT-Dallas will again be holding clinics on programming Mindstorms for FIRST LEGO League.   The clinics are offered all day, with a beginning programming clinic from 9a-12p and intermediate programming clinic from 1p-4p.  This year we are also offering a “master sequencer programming clinic” for advanced teams.

In each clinic session we will provide opportunities for attendees to try some (not all) exercises using their own robots and laptops.  We won’t be providing any robots or laptops at the clinics, so you need to bring your own if you want to do that.  Be sure your laptops and robots are fully charged, as there may not be power outlets available.  Also make sure your laptop has the EV3 Mindstorms software already installed on it, and that you’ve been able to get it to communicate with your robot (e.g., with a USB cables.  Even if you’re using an NXT robot, we recommend using the EV3 software to program it.

If you don’t have a robot already, we recommend building the “Educator Vehicle (with attachments)” for the clinics.  This is the robot typically used for demonstrations.  The instructions for this build are included in the EV3 Education Kit, and you can also find a PDF download at the top of http://robotsquare.com/2013/10/01/education-ev3-45544-instruction/ .

Of course, don’t feel as though you need to bring a laptop and robot to the clinics.  Many coaches and members have found that it’s much easier to just watch, listen, take notes, and ask questions.  And it’s always helpful to have people around who can help troubleshoot others’ programs and robots.

In each clinic there is a lot of material to cover in a short period of time, so please arrive on-time and be prepared that we’ll be proceeding at a fairly good pace.

Beginning Programming topics

  • Overview of EV3 Programming environment and programming basics
  • Motor block basics — moving forward and backward
  • Turning using a gyro sensor (EV3 robots only)
  • Using “port view” and “view mode” to see sensor values
  • Detecting lines, borders, and colors
  • Simple My Blocks (creating blocks for turning and missions)

Intermediate Programming topics

  • Programming and robot game strategy
  • Loops and sensor blocks
  • Moving along a heading with gyros
  • Line following /edge following
  • Specifying distances in centimeters
  • Understanding navigation error
  • Also, Builderdude35 created a YouTube video about using the gyro for driving the robot.

Master Sequencer Program clinic

This clinic is for advanced programmers that are interested in developing a “master sequencer” program for quickly selecting mission runs while in Base.  A master sequencer organizes the programming so that the Robot automatically advances from one mission program to the next without having to look them up in the EV3’s Program Menu.  FLL #27 “Republic of Pi” has successfully used master sequencers in each of its competition seasons to greatly improve Robot Game performance.

This is an advanced programming clinic; attendees are expected to already be familiar with the basics of Mindstorms programming.  In this clinic we will introduce and be using loops, switch blocks, variables, display blocks, character strings, and more.

For more information about these clinics, please contact Patrick Michaud at pmichaud@pobox.com .

2016–2017 Challenge: Animal Allies

Challenge Details

Find all the information about this year's challenge, Animal Allies, here!

Championship Results

See our Championship page for this year's results!