Our robotics teams are designed specifically for children who want to work on more involved and challenging projects and participate in fun and exciting activities while continuing to deepen their knowledge of robotics and related STEM (science, engineering, mathematics, technology) fields.
Our FLL team is a member of theFIRST Lego Leaguenetwork of teams and participates in an FLL competition in the fall.
Our Development team, although not in the FLL competition, focuses on the building and programming involved in the current year’s FLL robot missions. This program offers a taste of what FLL competitions are about and help prepare for the following year’s FLL competition.
Aside from being FUN, there are many benefits of joining a robotics team:
learn how to apply STEM concepts
develop critical thinking skills and solve problems
research and learn about a particular topic
work collaboratively with teammates to reach a common goal
learn and practice the program’s core values of gracious professionalism and sportsmanship
find other like-minded children and begin building a great circle of friends
Robotics Development Team Seasons
The Development Team season runs in two cycles:
Winter: January to March
Spring: April to June
Although the team does not participate in an FLL tournament, they do have an informal competition on the last meeting of each cycle.
How is the team organized and run?
During each cycle, the team meets once a week for approximately 1.5 hours: Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm
In these weekly sessions the team members work in sub teams to build and program their robots for the specific missions.
They practice FLL core values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
We’ve scheduled a special Information Session for families interested in having their children participate in the team.
INFORMATION SESSION: Saturday, December 8, 10:00am
Registration for the Info Session is required and can be done here. Children are welcome to attend.
Register for the Team
The registration fee for the Development Team is $290 per cycle and covers the following:
10 sessions per cycle
trophies to winning team
There are a limited number of spots on the team. All fees will be NON-REFUNDABLE once registration for the team is closed.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Team
The FLL competition season runs from September to November, when the team participates in an officialFIRST Lego LeagueCompetition.
During the season, team members are responsible for all aspects of preparing for the upcoming competition. Because they need a solid foundation in robotics as well as begin the process of developing team unity, we have developed a special 7.5 hour training session all team members are required to attend before the start of the season. The training session this year will be held daily August 20-24 from 2:00-3:30.
How is the team organized and run?
In preparation for the FLL Competition, team members research a real-world problem (put out by FIRST in August) and develop a solution that includes designing, building, and programming a robot.
During the season, the team meets once a week for approximately 1.5 hours: Mondays, 5:30-7:00pm (depending on progress, the length or frequency of these sessions may increase).
In these weekly sessions the team members work in small groups to accomplish on their own all aspects of the preparation for the FLL Competition.
In preparing for the competition, team members develop their presentation skills, as well as their knowledge of robotics and STEM, as they must present their solution with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice FLL core values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
The teams take great pride in their work. While we coach and guide the teams, all of the work you see displayed in competitions and expositions is done ONLY by the members of the team.
Who can be on the team?
children grades 3 to 8
in addition, team members must
have completed the prerequisite 7.5 hour training session in August
have the maturity to work in a small team
be available to participate for a minimum of 10 sessions during the season
be available to attend an all-day official FLL Competition in November
The registration fee for the August prerequisite training session is $115.
The registration fee for the Robotics Team is $465 and covers the following:
minimum 10 sessions from September to November
participation in FLL Competition
supplies/materials needed to complete the challenge
There are a limited number of spots on the team. All fees will be NON-REFUNDABLE once registration for the team is closed or by August 1st, whichever comes first.
The team is now FULL and registration is CLOSED until next year.
If you missed the FLL team this year, we strongly suggest you sign up for the Development Team which is offered in the Winter and Spring. Please check below for information and registration.
Register for the FLL Robotics Team
Our Development Teams are offered for two cycles: Winter (Jan-Mar) and Spring (Apr-Jun).