This Unofficial FIRST LEGO League Survival Guide is a start to encompassing many different resources to help teams have a successful FIRST LEGO League Season. We try to focus on good complete sources that are free for the most part. Knowing many teams are on a budget. The only real section with a price point are the books listed which can be bought through Amazon.
Have you started, or are looking to start a FIRST LEGO League Jr Team this year? Not sure where to start? We had a blast at the Kick Off event for 11 of our local teams. Want to get your team up to speed? Then look at the videos and content below to ensure you are getting the leg up in this animal themed season.
What is FIRST LEGO League Jr?
Hear from teams and coaches about the FIRST LEGO League Jr Program, and then find out about the changes coming this year for the 2016-17 season. And see the teaser for the Creature Craze season. Be sure to check out all the videos in the playlist.
Did you miss the FIRST LEGO League Kick Off event? Not to worry we have you covered. Below you will find videos covering some topics that will help you and your team learn some of the basics about FIRST LEGO League, the Robot, and programming.
Pre-Kick Off Videos
This video playlist has a mix of programming basics, robot design tips, and robots from the past season that have some interesting design elements.
2016 Animal Allies - Official Kick Off Videos
The following videos cover the official 2016 Animal Allies Overview, Project, and Robot Game
Helpful Season Links
Official FIRST LEGO League 2016 Animal Allies Documents
TechBrick - 2016 Team worksheets - (Helpful for planning and programming)
EV3 Lessons.com - Great for learning to Program the EV3 Mindstorms robot
These cover the basics of the NXT, Programming, Moving, and Turning the Robot, and using basic Sensors with Loops and Switches.
These advanced programming power points review Loops and Switches. Then cover Data Wires, using sensors with data wires to change your program as it runs.
Inventioneers Project Video
This first video is from the FLL team The Inventioneers. They have competed at the FLL World Festival and taken their idea to create a company which they now run. They know how to present an idea very well giving the details that they need to give the Judges without overwhelming them.
A FLL Video following 6 teams during the season to see how they approach their project and get their ideas done. It is great showing both new and older teams and a few different ways teams come up with their final idea.
Below are YouTube playlist for EV3 Training. I have found these very useful for new and old members and coaches alike.
Every time I watch one of these I always pick up something new.
Playlist - Darren Wilson
Not only does he go through the pieces and parts, he shows off general programming and how to trouble shoot problems that come up.
WaFFLES Programming Playlist
W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Community Robotics has put together my favorite programming EV3 playlist so far. They cover the basic, intermediate, and advanced programming. While for some programming they never come right out and tell you how the final program should look, they do give you all of the building blocks to discover how to get there in the end.
Flying Penguins Playlist
The Flying Penguins don't go into dept of programming. Instead they cover what each program block is and how it might be used. This is great to learning the new EV3 program blocks.
Game Manual Part 1
Game Manual Part 2
For more Game Resources , take a look at http://www3.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/game
For more FTC Resources, take a look at http://www3.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/team-resources
1. Overview of the Challenge
2. Project Video
3. Robot Game Video
4. Challenge PDF
5. Links this years other resources.
2014 Challenge - http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2014fllworldclass
FLL World Class Resources - http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/fll-world-class-resources
Coach & Team Resources - http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/teamresources
FLL Forums - http://forums.usfirst.org/forumdisplay.php?f=24
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