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Background

 

Curtin University is hosting the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) 2017 regional competition in Western Australia. With team registrations multiplying, Curtin University will be co-hosting with St Stephen’s School Carramar (North) and Comet Bay College Secret Harbour (South). 

 

What is FLL?

 

FIRST® LEGO League is a competition catering for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students (ages 9 – 16). Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.  The entire competition for the year is based around one of these themes: Past themes include natural disasters, senior citizens, food health & safety, climate change, medical science, and nanotechnology.  Tournaments are run with the feel of a sporting event, and teams compete like crazy while having the time of their lives.  What FIRST® LEGO League teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.

The Robot Game

Teams build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit that they program to autonomously complete a series of missions on a specialised arena and to score as many points as possible.

Robot Design

The technical aspect of the robot is assessed including design, programing and robustness.

Project

Through the project, teams learn more about the science behind the challenge theme. The teams identify a real world problem related to the theme, research the issues behind it and propose a solution. This year’s theme is HYDRODYNAMICS. 

Core Values

Whilst competing, the teams have to demonstrate FLL Core Values including Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® encouraging high quality work, unqualified kindness, respect and learning.

 

How do you take part?

 

Register your team for FLL

Team coaches can register teams for the 2017 FIRST Lego League challenge through the FIRST Australia website.

Registration costs

Registering a team for the 2017 FIRST® LEGO® League season (in Australia) incurs the following fees:

  • AUD$400 for one team with one game kit + shipping
  • AUD$475 for two teams sharing one game kit + shipping
  • AUD$800 for two teams with two game kits + shipping

Registration includes:

  • A field setup kit (this is the practice field for your robot), comprised of an exclusive selection of LEGO® bricks, the instructions to assemble your mission models, and a roll-out field to practice on.
  • Entry into one of the West Australian regional tournaments.
  • Free entry to the national tournament for qualifying teams.

Materials will be available from August and teams have 10 to 12 weeks to work on the challenges. FIRST LEGO League is an incredibly rewarding program for young students, and teams can come from schools, social groups, community groups, homes, church groups, etc.

If you want to start a team, there are a few things you will need:

  • A dedicated adult coach
  • A LEGO Mindstorms EV3, NXT or RCX robot kit
  • A place to meet to work on building robots, practicing games and working on the project.

Teams then enter one of the West Australian Regional tournaments taking place early November. Qualifying teams go forward to the Australian National tournament in December, at which they may qualify further to compete at an international event, representing Australia.

Team registrations will be accepted until all slots are filled.

Register here

For further enquiries regarding the FIRST Lego League, contact:

Gabrielle Migliore
Engineering Outreach Coordinator
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+61 8 9266 7884